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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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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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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

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