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What is the life expectancy of someone with breast cancer?

What is the life expectancy of someone with breast cancer?

Varies: Early breast cancer treated with surgery and appropriate hormone and radiation therapy has a 98% chance of full recovery. Larger or later breast cancers that have spread can have a lower survival expectancy, but there still can be successful treatment. Many factors play into life expectancy, and each person needs to discuss their specific situation with their oncologist. ...Read more

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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How long is the average life expectancy of secondry breast cancer?

How long is the average life expectancy of secondry breast cancer?

Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when breast cancer has spread to other organs (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

Can you tell me what is the life expectancy of metastatic breast cancer?

It depends: There are many types of metastatic breast cancer. Life expectancy depends on the type and the location. Er+ breast cancer that has spread only to bones has a life expectancy of years, even 5-10 years. Er- breast cancer has a much shorter life expectancy. In general, breast cancer in organs (lung, liver, brain) causes death sooner than breast cancer in bones only. Ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

What is the life expectancy of a person with breast cancer if there are no lymph nodes involved?

Variable: There are many other factors that impact life expectancy in a person with breast cancer besides lymph node invovlement. Things like the size of the tumor, estrogen and Progesterone status and her2-neu status are necessary to help determine prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of an individual with secondary linitis plastica from primary breast cancer?

What is the life expectancy of an individual with secondary linitis plastica from primary breast cancer?

Poor: Because early detection and treatment of breast cancer, leads to longer survival, unusual patterns of spread have been reported. One is linitis plastica of the stomach. A potential long-term sequela of metastatic breast cancer. The rare case of breast adenoCa to stomach presents as a nodular lesion; lobular Ca induces linitis plastica and is the most common lesion with poor surlvival. ...Read more

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Pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is the life expectancy?

Poor prognosis: This is a bad problem. It can be treated but the length of response is not long. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I have pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is my life expectancy?

If I have pericardial effusion due to breast cancer, what is my life expectancy?

Guarded: There is a tendency for many tumors to implant on the pericardial sac at which time pericardial effusion present. Response with lessening of fluid can be controlled first by effusion tap followed by hormone or chemo treatment depending on biopsy exam of the primary lesion to define optimum approach toward management. RT may also help. ...Read more

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What is a reasonable life expectancy if stage 11b breast cancer in a gererally healthy woman receives no treatments?

What is a reasonable life expectancy if stage 11b breast cancer in a gererally healthy woman receives no treatments?

Breast Cancer: This is a question that needs to be asked of your oncologist and your personal physicians. I'm not sure why you or the person with this cancer does not want treatment, I hope this is reconsidered. My grandmother had this horrible disease, she lived another 25 years with treatment, how much life she would have missed including knowing all my kids, I still miss her. ...Read more

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Mom is a breast cancer survivor, will that have any effect on her life expectancy?

Mom is a breast cancer survivor, will that have any effect on her life expectancy?

It depends: It depends on the stage of your mom's cancer when she was diagnosed, and what treatments she had. Her life expectancy should not be affected if her cancer doesn't come back. The higher her stage at diagnosis, the more likely her cancer could return. Some treatments affect cholesterol levels and heart function, both of which can be treated. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when cancer has spread to the bone (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

Breast cancer: You report that you are in great condition on your medication.
I know it will be difficult but try as hard as you can to continue to feel great on your meds and continue to see your doctor regularly.

There is no timetable for you - just continue to enjoy life - it may well be another 30 or more years. ...Read more

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What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

What is the typical life expectancy for a young stage 4 breast cancer patient in great condition on afinitor (everolimus) and aromasin?

3 yrs: In one of the trials, the median survival was 31 months. This means that half of the people who took this combination lived more than this. So it is easy to live 3-4 yrs in the above mentioned condition. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

What is the life expectancy of a 54yr woman with Stage 4 Breast cancer, metastasized to bones, brain and spinal fluid? BRCA2 positive

Mets of Breast cance: It depends on treatment so far...This is not a good prognosis. It is all about managing quality of life and options. No one knows of course, life expectancy but in my opinion quality of life is MOST important ...Read more

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What is the expected life span of stage 3 a her2 + 43 years old breast cancer patient?

Results encoraging: Overall survival of stage iii breast cancer 70% her2 breast cancers are aggressive so needs aggressive, targeted chemotherapy, with Herceptin (trastuzumab) in combination with toxal (and other chemo) need to work closely with oncologist. ...Read more

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What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

Advanced: Breast cancer survival is correlated with it's stage, which is predominantly based on the cancer size, it's growth, and lymph node involvement. Stage 3 means that the cancer has grown into the chest wall or skin and/or multiple lymph nodes (including areas outside the armpit) are involved. These are all signs that chemotherapy is needed for potential cure. ...Read more

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How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

40-70% 5-yr survival: The most recent statistics from the national cancer database quote the above numbers for stage 3 breast cancer, which varies quite a bit between 3a v. 3b or 3c. Keep in mind that this is based on people diagnosed as long as a decade ago, so it may not reflect the most up-to-date treatments. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

What is the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

More than 50%: This is a hard question. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stage 3 breast cancer are alive. Other factors are age, receptor status of the tumor, number of lymph nodes involved, and treatment. Remember that survival is improving all the time! ...Read more

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Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer is curable, but in addition to an operation most women will need chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the best chance of cure. Surgery removes the cancer from your breast/lymph nodes, but chemotherapy & radiation kills cancer cells that have escaped into your body. These escaped cells can return as incurable stage 4 cancer, so treating them is very important. ...Read more

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My mother has stage 3 breast cancer. Could she still battle it?

My mother has stage 3 breast cancer. Could she still battle it?

Yes, curable: Although it can be a difficult treatment with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation, most of these treatments are aimed at getting rid of the cancer and preventing it from coming back. Unless she has many other or more serious health concerns that make it unlikely for her to live another year or two, then some form of treatment is a good idea. ...Read more

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Stage 3 breast cancer?

Stage 3 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer indicates spread to more than 3 lymph nodes for a breast cancer of any size. Will likely need surgery, chemotherapy & radiation therapy. See an oncologist for more details. ...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