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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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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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What is positive breast cancer survival rate?

What is positive breast cancer survival rate?

?: Positive for what? You mean estrogen receptor positive? Her-2 positive? Lymph node positive??? Can't help you here, friend. Not enough information. ...Read more

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What's the difference in life expectancy between stage 2 and stage 3 ovarian cancer?

What's the difference in life expectancy between stage 2 and stage 3 ovarian cancer?

Yes, major differenc: Stage 2 ovarian cancer(spread limited to pelvic area only has a much better cure rate(>50%) than with stage-3 Ovarian cancer which means it has spread into the belly). Stage 3 is the most common stage of presentation; this means high mortality rate, yet 25% to 30% of such women can expect to be cured with the proper use of modern chemotherapy combined with debulking surgery. ...Read more

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Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment? No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Survival rate for triple neg receptors for early stage breast cancer after chemo treatment?  No lymph nodes involve, stage 1b, grade 2, mastec done

Excellent: According to adjuvant online (www.Adjuvantonline.Com), you have about an 82% 10 yr survival rate based on your specific information provided. This is only an estimate since there are details I do not have such as type of chemotherapy being used. For triple negative breast cancer, these survival rates are quite excellent. ...Read more

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Stage 4 lung cancer with bloody stool?

Stage 4 lung  cancer with bloody  stool?

See your doctor.: Usually for stage IV lung ca, you will get chemotherapy. This can lower resistance to infection, including in the colon which could result in rectal bleeding. Rarely, lung cancer can spread to the bowel causing bleeding. See you m doctor/medical oncologist right away! ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of stage 1 lung cancer?

What is the survival rate of stage 1 lung cancer?

Depends on type: Survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual and depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di. ...Read more

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What causes dcis breast cancer?

What causes dcis breast cancer?

In one word unknown : Ductal carcinoma in situ dcis is simply the sleeping cancer cells inside the breast ducts, like a garden hose loaded with cancer cells safe if they are inside the duct , once they are out side then is invasive cancer, ready to spread, cause is unknown at this time, from genetic mutations, braca i & ii age, hormonal uses.Environment , late age pregnancy life style etc are all attributed. ...Read more

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What is longterm prognosis for grade 3, stage 1b, triple positive breast cancer, double mastectomy and 6 treatments of TCH with one year of herceptin, (trastuzumab)?

What is longterm prognosis for grade 3, stage 1b, triple positive breast cancer, double mastectomy and 6 treatments of TCH with one year of herceptin, (trastuzumab)?

Better now: Exact prognosis is not possible, but your oncologist should discuss your prognosis with based on population statistics, such as Adjuvant! Online, or better still, your Oncotype Dx score based on the gene profile of your cancer. ...Read more

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Prognosis for 3 pancreatic ampullary cancer tumors. 1 removed with whipple. Chemo 7months helped 1 shrink & 1 disappear. Liver lesions shrank. ?

It depends: Prognosis for Pancreatic Cancer is typically quite poor. But in some patients(5-10%) the tumor can be completely controlled but 90+ percent do tend to get into trouble in one to two years after Surgery. Are you currently free of any visible Cancer in your abdomen? Tell us the details of your recent test results...do they show any tumors or have these been completely controlled??? ...Read more

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Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Yes but: It could possibly spread to local lymph node but the chances are very low. The lymph nodes that are in thoracic cavity are even less likely to contain metastatic tumor from a stage 1a endometrial cancer, especially if it's a garden variety low grade lesion. In fact, long term survival is very good, like 95%. The other 5% may represent very high grade tumors. ...Read more

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Is herceptin (trastuzumab) just can heal breast cancer?

Is herceptin (trastuzumab) just can heal breast cancer?

Herceptin (trastuzumab): Herceptin (trastuzumab) is approved for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer that is human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (her2+) and has spread into the lymph nodes, or is her2+ and has not spread into the lymph nodes. If it has not spread into the lymph nodes, the cancer needs to be estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor (er/pr)-negative or have one high risk feature. ...Read more

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In general, how treatable is stage 1-2 colon cancer?

In general, how treatable is stage 1-2 colon cancer?

Very!: Both stage i and ii mean that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes and as such, they are much more easily treated with very high survival rates. Surgery alone is generally adequate unless someone with stage ii has high risks. ...Read more

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How effective if any is Xeloda (capecitabine) for bone cancer (metastasized from stomach cancer) ?

How effective if any is Xeloda (capecitabine) for bone cancer (metastasized from stomach cancer) ?

Depends: What do you mean, "effective" ? In terms of survival, stage IV (metastatic) gastric cancer has a 5 year survival rate of only about 5%. Xeloda (capecitabine) is unlikely to significantly change this but ease of administration is a significant benefit. Overall, it is a promising agent although metastatic gastric cancer is a serious disease with high mortality rates. ...Read more

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End stage liver disease, what is the prognosis?

End stage liver disease, what is the prognosis?

Not good.: When a liver with cirrhosis is having trouble doing it's job, it's called end-stage liver disease. This means that the liver is beginning to fail. Generally, patient in this setting will die or need transplant within a few years. Having cirrhosis, however, is not the same as end stage liver disease. Only when the liver starts to fail do we call it end stage. ...Read more

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Dear sir, my mother was suffering from brest cancer and her reports are metaplastic carcinoma with spindling &squamous metaplasia grade 3 suggest me?

Dear sir, 
my mother  was suffering from brest cancer and her reports are
metaplastic carcinoma with spindling &squamous metaplasia grade 3  suggest me?

Rare Breast Cancer: Metaplastic breast cancer is quite rare, representing less than 1% of all breast cas. It is so-named based upon its microscopic appearance. While the tendency is for these to be "aggressive" cancers, treatment and survival are based on the cancer stage, just like any other breast cancer. Once your mother recovers from her surgery, she will be referred to a medical oncologist for rx planning. ...Read more

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Dad died stomach cancer and mother lymphoma cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

Dad died stomach cancer and mother lymphoma cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

In the US: The chances of getting any cancer, according to statistics of the american cancer society, is 45% in a lifetime for males & 38% in a lifetime for females in the us. You are not destined to get cancer because it runs in your parents, but get regular screening physical exams yearly, mammograms after age 40 females, colonoscooy after age 50. Eat healthy, don't smoke, exercise, maintain healthy weight. ...Read more

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How can angiogenesis and invasion influence tumor growth and metastasis in a patient with breast cancer?

How can angiogenesis and invasion influence tumor growth and metastasis in a patient with breast cancer?

The general concept: The general concept behind angiogenesis promoting cancer metastasis growth is that cancer cells / tumors use more nutrients and therefore need more blood flow than usual to grow to a large size, and that if we can inhibit this new vessel growth stimulated by tumors, we can limit the growth of the tumor. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with rectal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. What is his life expectancy?

Grave Situation: Of course we cannot even begin to guess at this tragic situation. I would defer to the physicians providing him care. But, as you have surmised it may not be long for him. ...Read more

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A/c/t chemo for stage 2B breast cancer. Almost done with chemo and original tumor has shrunk but now there is a new tumor. How is this possible?

A/c/t chemo for stage 2B breast cancer. Almost done with chemo and original tumor has shrunk but now there is a new tumor. How is this possible?

Likely not cancer: Most likely your new tumor is just a coincidence. On the rare occasions that new tumors show up during chemotherapy, it is the result of chemotherapy-resistant strains of cancer cells. This would not be good news. Here's to your finding out that this new tumor is benign... ...Read more

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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


Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more