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Does tamoxifen stop breast cancer from growing?

Does tamoxifen stop breast cancer from growing?

Yes: Tamoxifen is an antiestrogen that blocks the ability of breast cancer cells to use estrogen; therefore, it is only effective in hormone sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. When taken for 5 years, tamoxifen has been shown to both stop the growth of cancer cells in breast cancer patients and to prevent the development of breast cancer in women that are at high risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is breast cancer the same as breast carcinoma?

Hello docs, is breast cancer the same as breast carcinoma?

Essentially yes: Most of the time it would refer to the same thing, although there are other rare malignancies that can develop in the breast (sarcoma or lymphoma) that are not carcinomas. ...Read more

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Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases?

Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases?

Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won't help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones--we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What's new in thymus cancer research?

What's new in thymus cancer research?

Not mutch: Thymus cancers first they are rare, has variety of histological variability , possibility of spread depends on the type of histology , molecular characteristics of tumor. Recent advances are in molecular profiling of the tumor for target therapy, tumor markers like cd117, although not specific. ...Read more

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Indian mushroom is good for breast cancer?

Indian mushroom is good for  breast cancer?

Unknown.: There are some mushrooms with anti-cancer properties, but none are good enough to treat cancer by themselves. I'm not sure which mushroom you are referring to, as there are many Indian mushrooms. In general, be aware that mushrooms can be very toxic, so don't take any unless you are absolutely sure they are safe. Thousands of people die from mushroom poisoning every year. ...Read more

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How is breast cancer transmitted?

How is breast cancer transmitted?

It's not: Breast cancer is not transmitted from one person to another. It starts as a normal cell in the breast. The cell is damaged and instead of dying, it starts dividing, making more damaged cells that also divide. That's breast cancer in a nutshell... Breast cells that keep dividing and don't stop. ...Read more

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Breast cancer chemotherapy in hepatitis b patients?

Challenging : Appropriate involvement of hepatologist and treatment (or prophylaxis) of hep b is imperative. ...Read more

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What is paget's breast cancer and is it unlike other breast cancers?

What is paget's breast cancer and is it unlike other breast cancers?

Nipple cancer: Paget's disease of the breast is a type of cancer that involves the nipple and/or the dark tissue around the nipple (areloa). Often there is another tumor within the breast. Symptoms involve the nipple and include crusting, thickening, itching, scabbing or bleeding. There are many non-cancerous reasons for nipple symptoms, but if you have changes that don't resolve, see your health provider! ...Read more

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Can breast cancer skip generations?

Can breast cancer skip generations?

Of course: In fact, it's usually sporadic. Even in breast cancer families (brca1, brca2 families) some women with the gene are likely never to get sick. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer impossible in teenagers?

Is breast cancer impossible in teenagers?

Yes: Breast cancer is super rare in teenagers, but not impossible. If there's something concerning you, a doctor examination is the next step. If it's still concerning, ultrasound would likely follow. ...Read more

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How prevalent is breast cancer?

How prevalent is breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Globally, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death in females. There are 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) estimated new cases of breast cancer in the United States in 2012. ...Read more

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What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: Cancer is a subtype of invasive breast cancer that involves the skin. It causes the skin to appear inflamed. ...Read more

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If b-cell lymphoma is found in a breast biopsy, is that breast cancer?

If b-cell lymphoma is found in a breast biopsy, is that breast cancer?

It is a cancer: in the breast, but it is not really a breast cancer. Breast cancer arises from tissue specific to the breast: ducts, lobules, and uncommonly supporting tissues. Lymphomas are cancers of the immune system that involve lymphoid tissue/lymphocytes, and can occur virtually anywhere in the body. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer hereditary?

Is breast cancer hereditary?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more

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Breast cancer prevention?

Breast cancer prevention?

5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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In what conditions mustn't I use hormone supplements? Breast cancer?

In what conditions mustn't I use hormone supplements? Breast cancer?

Yes, ER(+) breast ca: Hormone replacement therapy (hrt), which generally refers to estrogen and Progesterone replacement after a women has reached menopause, has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer if taken in combination for more than 5 years. If you are already diagnosed with a hormone positive breast cancer, we do recommend discontinuing hrt. ...Read more

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How effective r chemotherapy uft pills in metastic colon cancer?

How effective r chemotherapy uft pills in metastic colon cancer?

Some response: meds like Xeloda have some tempoary benefit suppressing DNA function as an oral 5FU (fluorouracil). Long term responses are not seen requiring combination therapy to give an optimjum response. Eventually if cancer does show a good response, malignant stem cells will repopulate the site of the original metastasis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more