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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

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 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 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

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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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Is there a complete cure for stage 4 breast cancer?

Is there a complete cure for stage 4 breast cancer?

Stage IV means: Spread to distant organs, usually liver, bone, lung, or brain, with breast cancer. In addition to treating the primary cancer, these distant metastases need treatment, usually with surgery if feasible, chemo, or radiation therapy. Some breast cancers respond very well to treatment, but unfortunately others do not, and complete cure may not be possible. Read more

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Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Yes: Mammography is about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so it won't find 20% of them. No test is 100% accurate. So, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes. Read more

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Please explain why is stage 4 breast cancer considered metastic cancer if it has begun in the breast?

It's the definition: ..Of stage 4. You are correct in that the cancer will keep the name of the place it started at, so if a breast cancer metastasizes let's say to the bones or the lungs, it is called stage 4 (metastatic) breast cancer. Read more

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I have stage 4 breast cancer. My ANC count today was. 5 can rest help bring it up? I also started nupogen injections today.

I have stage 4 breast cancer. My ANC count today was. 5 can rest help bring it up? I also started nupogen injections today.

See below: I do not believe rest will help your blood counts come back but Neupogen should. Give it some time. Follow the recommendations of your oncologist to prevent infections and call him/her right away if you develop a fever or any sign of infection. Best to you. Read more

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What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

What should I expect regarding stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to the liver?

Still treatable: There are many chemo options available. If it is stage 4 by virtue of minimal liver involvement-there is good medical data to talk with a liver surgeon to discuss removal of that portion of the liver. If there are other spots of tumor spread in the body, then chemotherapy and hormone suppression therapy are the mainstays of treatment. Focal radiation can help bone pain. Read more

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Can I be my mom's caregiver if she has stage 4 breast cancer?

Can I be my mom's caregiver if she has stage 4 breast cancer?

Yes, absolutely: A caregiver is anyone who assists a patient through their medical diagnosis. I recommend you meet with your mother's breast cancer team of doctors and nurses to see what support is needed. One problem is that caregivers give so much to the patient that they forget their own needs. Many facilities have resources to help, please don't be afraid to reach out for assistance. Good luck! Read more

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How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

How long can a person with stage 4 breast cancer survive?

Need more info.: This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of the cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control very well. Read more

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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