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Help! could stage 3a breast cancer be cured?

Help! could stage 3a breast cancer be cured?

Improving prognosis: Stage 3 breast cancer means the cancer has extended to beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles, but has not spread to distant organs. Although this stage is considered to be advanced, there are a growing number of treatments that employ two or more modalities. The 5 year survival for stage 3a is 67% - these survivors are likely to live longer. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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


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My mother has stage 3a breast cancer. What are her chances?

My mother has stage 3a breast cancer. What are her chances?

Good: Breast cancer has good treatments available. Even with stage 3, most women get well and are cured after going through treatment. ...Read more

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What treatment is best for beginning of stage 3a breast cancer?

What treatment is best for beginning of stage 3a breast cancer?

Everything: Depends on certain factors but typically includes surgery followed by chemo (or vice versa) and radiation therapy. If her-2 positive, trastuzumab (herceptin) is given for a year and if er or pr positive, hormone therapy is given for 5-10 years. Should be an orchestrated effort by specialists in different fields. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more then 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer inherited?

Is breast cancer inherited?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of all breast cancers in the US are of the hereditary type. These genes can be inherited from either your father or your mother. If a woman inherits this gene, they have a 50-75% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. These cancers tend to occur at any earlier age and may occur in both breasts. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer from?

What is breast cancer from?

Breast cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. ...Read more

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Can I inherit breast cancer?

Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more

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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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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common : Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more