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I was diagnosed on stage 1 breast cancer, what to do?

I was diagnosed on stage 1 breast cancer, what to do?

Get an oncologist,: ...Preferably in the setting of a multidisciplinary team. Stage I is usually very curable but you need treatment that may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy. It depends on the circumstances. God bless, fight well and don't give up.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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How would I be able to tell it's stage 1 breast cancer?

How would I be able to tell it's stage 1 breast cancer?

Breast cancer stage: Is determined by size, lymph node status, and presence of distant metastases. So you would know only after examination by your doctor to determine clinical stage, and only after surgery to determine pathologic stage.

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How long can someone live that's been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on average (beyond 5 years)?

How long can someone live that's been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on average (beyond 5 years)?

Breast cancer: That is a difficult question. It is certainly possible. With treatment the 5 year survival rate for Stage I cancer is very high. Without treatment it would depend on the type of cancer, how aggressive it is, age and health of the patient among other things. I have seen advanced stage patient live a lot longer than expected and early stage patients die earlier. I would advise treatment.

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Could there be a cure for stage 1 breast cancer?

Could there be a cure for stage 1 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage I breast cancer is usually treated with mastectomy surgery with immediate reconstruction or lumpectomy and radiation.

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Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Surgery+/-RT+/-Chemo: Stage I breast ca reflects a small (<2cm) cancer w/minimal or no lymph node involvement. While prognosis is excellent, some women would still benefit from chemotherapy, primarily related to age and tumor receptor status. This can include a pill, IV chemo, or a combination. Regardless of stage, local rx includes surgery+/-radiation therapy.

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Anyone have stage 1 breast cancer with her2/neu positive er/pr negative?

Anyone have stage 1 breast cancer with her2/neu positive er/pr negative?

Yes: Breast cancers can be highly variable from one person to the next. Cell types and dna evaluations can be performed now that can help direct the best treatments for each person. Her-2 breast cancers may be best treated with specialized chemotherapy agent heceptin.

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Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Well. The treatment: Plan depends on a number of factors that would need to be discussed with the breast surgeon, radiation oncologist etc. Was a total mastectomy recommended for a stage 1 breast cancer?

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What recommendations do oncologists have for a stage 1 breast cancer patient?

What recommendations do oncologists have for a stage 1 breast cancer patient?

D/w your oncologist: Stage 1 in general is treated with surgery and radation therapy if lumpectomy is chosen. In addition, anti hormonal therapy is recommended for er+ cancer. Chemo +/- biological therapy i.e. Anti her2neu inhibitor - is given for some cases of stage I breast cancer- depending on the size, prognostic factors, oncotype dx, her2neu receptor status, age, preference, ps, etc. D/w oncologist in detail.

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Do all stage 1 breast cancer patients without lymph node involvement have to take chemo?

Do all stage 1 breast cancer patients without lymph node involvement have to take chemo?

On the contrary: The decision to recommend chemotherapy is based on the stage of the cancer, the pt's age, as well as the molecular features, including the estrogen-, progesterone-, & her2/neu receptor status +/-oncotype-dx recurrence score. Stage i-, ln (-) pts may have no chemo-, hormonal rx, or chemotherapy recommended based on the above factors.

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Should stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement generally receive chemo?

Should stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement generally receive chemo?

Sometimes: While the prognosis for stage 1 breast cancer is excellent, many women may benefit from traditional chemotherapy. This is dependent on the age of the patient, whether the tumor is hormone-sensitive, if the her2/neu receptor is overexpressed, and, in select cases, what the oncotype-dx score is. While "negative" lymph nodes are very encouraging, some breast cancers may travel via the bloodstream.

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Are all stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement recommended to take chemotherapy?

No: Most important factors are tumor size, age and overall health, estrogen receptor status and her-2-neu status. In general, most young healthy people with a tumor greater than 1 cm will receive chemo and/or hormonal therapy. Smaller tumors are treated if er negative or her-2 positive. Some small er+ tumors are treated with chemo, but the relative benefits are smaller - an oncotype DX is helpful.

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Is it true that stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement recommended to take chemo?

Is it true that stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement recommended to take chemo?

It Depends: Typically it depends on the receptor status (estrogen/progesterone/her2) and the size of the tumor. Tumors greater than a centimeter are generally prescribed chemotherapy, although er/pr+ patients may just get hormonal therapy. The oncotype assay is sometimes used to decide on equivocal cases on when to give chemo. You might want to ask your doctors if this is right for you.

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Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer? I seem to get sick a lot now.

Could my immune system still be compromised 2 years after chemo and radiation for stage 1 breast cancer? I seem to get sick a lot now.

Not likely: Your immune system should have recovered in this interval. It is appropriate to have an evaluation by your physician to see what may be contributing to your problem of frequent illness.

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Can it be that a person be cured from stage 1 triple negative breast cancer?

Can it be that a person be cured from stage 1 triple negative breast cancer?

Yes: Many questions if you are 45 years old and triple negative where you tested for brca gene? Did you do chemotherapy? After that healthy choices are very important. Exercise 30 minutes five days a week. Take vitamin d supplements, limit stress, eat lots if fruits and vegetables will all help in decreasing risk of recurrence.

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2-positive breast cancer stage 1 level 3 how much longer to live what to expect 70 years old?

2-positive breast cancer stage 1 level 3 how much longer to live what to expect 70 years old?

HER 2?: I believe you are saying a Stage 1, Her2+ tumor at 70 years old (please correct). This is a very favorable tumor with good treatments (Herceptin). The 5 year survival rates are over 95%. Provided this person is otherwise healthy, she should do very well. I recommend speaking with your oncology team and getting addition and specific information related to this case.

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Her2-positive breast cancer stage 1 level 3 and 70 yrs old - how much longer can somebody expect to live?

Her2-positive breast cancer stage 1 level 3 and 70 yrs old - how much longer can somebody expect to live?

A full lifetime: Stage 1 cancer is curable with appropriate treatment. With surgery to remove the tumor, and appropriate chemotherapy including herceptin, (trastuzumab) the chance of cure is very high. In someone age 70, the doses of chemo drugs might need to be reduced, but Herceptin (trastuzumab) is not chemo. Older people do well on it! It is very unlikely she will die from breast cancer if she gets good treatment now.

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I'm a breast cancer positive, stage 1 with her2 positive, is completly necesary the chemotherapy in my case?

Breast CA: It really depends on your risk factors and tumor characteristics. You should have a through consultation with a medical oncologist to determine the best course.

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Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?

Is there any test that can be done to know whether the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer stage 1 are working properly?

Not really: Remember that chemo given after surgery is meant to treat potentially existing microscopic deposits of cells and thus improve the odds of surviving cancer, not to treat cancer that we can see and measure. For that reason, only time will tell if it was successful. From now on, it is time for surveillance. Be alert but don't live in fear. Best to you.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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