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Ovarian Suppression Ahead Of Chemotherapy
Please clarify.: It is unclear from your question what you are asking. Most breast cancers are estrogen-sensitive and can be treated with anti-estrogen medication (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors). Many women who are peri menopausal when receiving traditional chemotherapy develop ovarian suppression from the chemo and effectively "go into" menopause. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of the patient and any unusual bleeding evaluated. There are also other hormone alternatives with less risk. Check with your medical oncologist to see which drug is best for a particular patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Any chemotherapy, bep (bleomycin, Etoposide and platinum) inclusive, can cause infertility by destroying the ovaries. Most ovaries will stop functioning either temporarily or permanently during chemotherapy. Some data has suggested that a shot of Lupron (leuprolide) during chemo can protect the ovaries but the data is not conclusive about lupron (leuprolide). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?
Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low: Temodar (temozolomide) is a chemotherapy drug that is taken orally. It works by damaging dna in cancer cells. It can also damage dna in normal cells, and in humans there is a small risk of developing acute leukemia as a result of temodar (temozolomide) use. This can happen years after taking the drug. The risk is less than a 1 in 100 chance, and the potential benefit is much higher than the benefit for treating cancer! ...Read more
Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?
Less likely: The thyroid would be an unusual spot for breast cancer to spread. More common sites would be bone, liver, lung and brain. But with cancer, anything is possible. If there is a nodule on the thyroid the best thing to do would be an ultrasound guided biopsy if it looks concerning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen alone increases risk of uterine cancer. Adding progesterone increases risk of breast cancer, but reduces risk of uterine cancer. What's the right balance?
Individual: Yes, estrogen alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer over time. And yes the whi showed that the combination of a certain synthetic estrogen and a certain synthetic progestin increased the risk of breast cancer. But most specialists do not use those older types of synthetic hormones and with newer medications the risks are lower and different. So a balance can be achieved. ...Read more
Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?: I have never had an issue of trastuzumab (herceptin) coverage in appropriate patients. Individual co-pays are based on each patients insurance. There may be a benefit of trastuzumab in 0/low expression breast cancer that is the subject of a cooperative group clinical trial -- nsabp b-47 - clinicaltrials.Gov id: nct01275677. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is arimidex (anastrozole) when given as prevention of recurrence of breast cancer only used with estrogen receptive cancer?
Yes*: Arimidex (anastrozole) belongs to a category of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. These are effective chemotherapeutic agents for people with either estrogen-sensitive or *progesterone-sensitive breast cancers. This is only effective after menopause; premenopausal women may use tamoxifen for a similar response rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Radiation therapy is not commonly used in the initial management of ovarian cancer; the role of radiation therapy is typically limited to palliation of symptoms if the cancer has spread somewhere else and is causing pain or other localized problems. In this case, the side effects depend heavily on the organ being treated but typically are very manageable. ...Read more
After completion of 6 cycles of chemo and mastectomy for early stage triple neg invasive carsinoma how to know there is no more cancer cells in body?
Surveillance: Congratulations on completing this therapy. It sounds at this point like you have no evidence of cancer, so the hope going forward is that you will continue to show no evidence of recurrent disease. You can expect to be evaluated by a combination of physical examinations as well as potentially some routine imaging though this will depend on stage specifics. Congratulations again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little: Probably not very beneficial. For uterine cancer, there has been some data. Little if any benefit in ovarian cancer. Unlike breast cancer in which there is a benefit in estrogen positive disease because of the estrogen target, there is no target in ovarian cancer. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?
Wat are intraaxillary lymph nodes?
what are the side effects of radiation for breast cancer..& how long its given for earlier stage of cancer
Partial answer: The nodes in the armpit are often involved in patients with breast cancer and are generally treated with radiation to kill tumor cells. Radiation also damages other tissues needed for drainage of fluid from the arm. Due to that damage, some patients develop swelling of the arm on the involved side. You should discuss these issues with your doctor who knows your health status better. ...Read more
Could male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after eight years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?
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