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How long would it take until you are considered a breast cancer survivor.?

How long would it take until you are considered a breast cancer survivor.?

5 years: Risk of recurrence is highest in the first two years and declines. After 5 years and no sign of recurrence, you are considered cured of that cancer. ...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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I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

I'm a 2yr (TN) breast cancer survivor. Do the odds of having cancer again, same or different anywhere in the body increase as time goes on?

Congratulations: As a rule, the risk of recurrence of the cancer you had goes down with time. It varies a lot depending on the stage and receptor status and I'm afraid there's no magic number after which the risk is zero (I've seen it relapse more than 15 years after surgery). As to other cancers, the risk depends on the kind. Some cancers have shared risk factors, be it genetic or lifestyle, some others.... ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast cancer survivors with mastectomy?

Can you tell me about breast cancer survivors with mastectomy?

There are some : Great stories about breast cancer survivors in this article: http://www.Womenshealthmag.Com/health/breast-cancer-survivors *** if this is the type of information you desired then please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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Hi i want to ask which food have to take in 6.5 uric acid, I am breast cancer survivor..Thanx?

Hi i want to ask which food have to take in 6.5 uric acid, I am breast cancer survivor..Thanx?

Uric acid diet: Tart cherry juice is effective; avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol will elevate uric acid. Avoid these. Also, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, and nuts, using white fish and egg white for protein, then uric acid levels will come down. ...Read more

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I thought i had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am i a cancer survivor?

I thought i had breast cancer, after my lumpectomy we found out they were benign. Am i a cancer survivor?

Not exactly: You have a benign breast condition such as fibrocystic condition. You have a non-cancerous condition. You have not had breast cancer and not a "cancer survivor.". ...Read more

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Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, i missed a day. Can i take 2 pills in one day?

Immediately a breast cancer survivor. On the drug tamoxifen, i missed a day. Can i take 2 pills in one day?

No...: No, if you missed it completely do not double up. In the future if you miss a dose and remember within 8 hours you can take the dose. A weekly pill case can be a great reminder for taking pills, there are also dose reminder apps available. ...Read more

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Should food with phytoestrogens be avoided by breast cancer survivors? How much phytoestrogens in food is bad?

Should food with phytoestrogens be avoided by breast cancer survivors? How much phytoestrogens in food is bad?

Moderation: You should not avoid them but not seek them out either. The data shows some estrogenic effects but the amounts in most foods is small. It's the supplements with higher doses that should be avoided. Especially w er pos cancers. ...Read more

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Is cinnamon, ceylon type, in natural from safe for breast cancer survivors? I've read that it contains estrogen.

Is cinnamon, ceylon type, in natural from safe for breast cancer survivors? I've read that it contains estrogen.

Probably yes: Supposedly cinnamon does have some estrogenic properties, but there isn't any strong data out there that suggests those with estrogen receptor (+) breast cancer are at any significant risk with cinnamon consumption. I would caution you that in general, that more is rarely ever better, and that if you are "gung ho" about cinnamon supplementation that you be reasonable about your intake. ...Read more

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I'm 50 year old female 9 year breast cancer survivor. I'm cancer free.my Dr wants me on a good vitimen I bought alive it's b12 is 100 mcg.

I'm 50 year old female 9 year breast cancer survivor. I'm cancer free.my Dr wants me on a good vitimen I bought alive it's b12 is 100 mcg.

No effect: Without a family history of breast cancer the chance is high that you are cured of your cancer. This has not been due to the influence of any vitamin. Cause is environmental with a high possibility due to MMTV with or without EBV. Incidence of breast cancer recurring is 1% per year for 15 yrs Yearly exam still important. Any multi vitamin will do but have no effect on your disease. ...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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I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor. Is it dangerous for me to use a tanning salon?

I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor. Is it dangerous for me to use a tanning salon?

Why risk it?: We get plenty of uv exposure from normal day to day activities regardless of where you live. So why exposé yourself to unnecessary radiation when cosmetically there are many topical products and spray options that achieve the same effect. Even if you had never had breast cancer people should b overly cautious about extra exposure. If you did receive radiation therapy for your cancer then avoid. ...Read more

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My sister (66) is a 9 year breast cancer survivor; took tamoxifin for 5 years, & now in 5th year of femora. Is this normal treatment?

My sister (66) is a 9 year breast cancer survivor; took tamoxifin for 5 years, & now in 5th year of femora. Is this normal treatment?

Yes for ER+ cancer: Yes, for early stage er + breast cancer - the therapy would include surgical resection ( mastectomy or lumpectomy followed by radiation) then followed by either chemo followed by or estrogen supression therapy - like tamoxifen, or aromatase inhibitor (ai) . Tamoxifen can be started first then switch to ai ( Femara (letrozole) etc) , or can be started on ai in the very beginning - for postmenopausal women. ...Read more

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My aunt is a breast cancer survivor and lost most of her hair. It's thin and she's African American. How can she grow back her hair?

My aunt is a breast cancer survivor and lost most of her hair. It's thin and she's African American. How can she grow back her hair?

When treatment ended: Most of the time hair will grow back in couple of months after treatment, Unfortunately the chemo. that killed cancer cell also will kill the hair follicle then badness will be permanent . Think alternative lucky she survied the cruel disease . ...Read more

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I have enlarged lymph glands in the groin. Does this warrant further testing? What could cause this? Im a breast cancer survivor of ten years.

 I have enlarged lymph glands in the groin. Does this warrant further testing? What could cause this? Im a breast cancer survivor of ten years.

If nedded, bx: The presence of a persistent lesion in the groin should be evaluated. If 1 cm or > and no primary cause, then biopsy should be performed. Many breast cancers are associated with the MMTV virus. This same virus can enter the Wnt-1 gene of the lymphocyte to induce transformation to lymphoma, so that care must be taken not to miss such a lesion. ...Read more

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How high are my risk of endometrial cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor of 6 yrs. Am on tamoxifen. My sister was diagnosed with endometrial cancer,?

How high are my risk of endometrial cancer. I am a breast cancer survivor of 6 yrs. Am on tamoxifen.  My sister was diagnosed with endometrial cancer,?

Very low: Endometrial cancer is rarely hereditary, so it is highly unlikely that you will have this problem due to the fact that your sister had it. Breast cancer is not associated with it either. Tamoxifen usage has some small increased risk for endometrial but it can be easily monitored with once yearly Ultrasound test of your uterus. Do tell us know if you have any problems ...Read more

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I'm a stage 2 breast cancer survivor, what vitamins can I take for energy and to remain healthy?

I'm a stage 2 breast cancer survivor, what vitamins can I take for energy and to remain healthy?

Diet and exercise: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...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