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Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Is stage two breast cancer curable?

Survival Rates: According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage 1 is 100%, stage ii- 93%, stage iii is 72% and stage IV is 22%. ...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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How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

How is stage IV breast cancer different from stage III breast cancer?

Location: In stage iii, the cancer still hasn't spread far beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. However, in this stage there typically are many lymph nodes involved or the tumor is so large it extends to the chest wall or involves the skin of the breast. stage IV breast cancer has spread to distant sites of the body. ...Read more

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Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Is stage 3c breast cancer curable?

Yes: ...In theory, with aggressive multi modality therapy (surgery plus chemo plus radiation +/- hormones +/- herceptin). The risk of relapse is high but you do all you can and hope for the best. If this is about you, fight well and best wishes. ...Read more

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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

No its medullary: a quote from Lancethttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9167459: "The occurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma was not significantly different between carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and controls. Medullary or atypical medullary carcinoma was, however, found more often in BRCA1 (13%, p ...Read more

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Breast cancer staging according TNM means what?

Breast cancer staging according TNM means what?

TNM breast cancer: Tnm is one of the staging system commonly used for cancer. It stands for t-tumor ( the size of the tumor- the bigger is the tumor the higher is the stage) ; n- nodal status ( involvement to the lymph glands) - and m- presence of metastatic disease to the distant organ. See more here: http://cancer.Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/breast/page7. ...Read more

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Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Is stage II ovarian cancer still considered early stage?

Sort of: Stage i cancer is early stage; stage IV cancer is late stage, with metastasis. Stage two is in the middle, with better prognosis due to limited spread - average 5 year survival is 66%. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read more

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What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

What are the odds of having stage 2B invasive ductal carcinoma her2 positive breast cancer and papillary thyroid cancer at age 40?

Odds are low.: But it is still possible to have both. Risk of having papillary thyroid before forty is about 13/100,000. Risk of having breast Ca is about 11/100,000. The overlap of the two independent events is slightly less than 1 in a million. ...Read more

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What is stage four cancer?

What is stage four cancer?

Cancer spread: There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the starting organ into another organ. Examples: breast cancer into bone, colon cancer into liver. Stage 4 cancers are usually not cured surgically and often require chemotherapy. The goal of treating stage 4 cancer is to prolong life and ease suffering. Rarely some stage 4 cancers are cured...Think lance armstrong! ...Read more

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What is metastatic breast cancer?

What is metastatic breast cancer?

Spread : This means that the cancer has spread to other areas outside of the breast. This is known as stage 4. With the use of modern chemotherapy, this disease can be controlled. I recommend you meet with your medical oncologist to determine options available for treatment. ...Read more

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What is "early-stage" breast cancer?

What is "early-stage" breast cancer?

Good prognosis: "early stage" means it was detected early. That generally means a relatively small (amenable to lumpectomy/breast conservation) with no or minimal lymph node involvement. The earlier a cancer is detected the more options for treatment and the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Curable!: Stage 3 means the tumor is large and/or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes. It can still be cured with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The risk of cancer returning depends on many factors-- age, # of involved lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has hormone receptors or her2. About 50% of stage 3 breast cancer patients are cured. Have hope! ...Read more

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Abdominal carcinamatosis from breast cancer metastasis?

Abdominal carcinamatosis from breast cancer metastasis?

Could Be: You have a known breast ca? Any other mets? Typically, one would expect mets to bone before abdomen. If pathology on both sites is the same then probably mets. If not, possible second primary (like ovary). Good luck. ...Read more

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32 YO, triple positive, grade 3, stage 1B breast cancer. TCH chemotherphy, had dbl mastectomy. What is survival rate?

Need Clarification!: Are you sure your breast cancer was triple positive(or was it triple Negative)??? TCH is commonly used chemotherapy for triple negative, so please double check and let us know. Then we can give you survival figures. In general, small tumors(Stage 1 and stage 2) have very good survival rate and high cure rates. ...Read more

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Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Metastatis breast cancer stage IV. What are the chances of survival. already gone six sittings of chemo..

Breast ca stage IV: need more information. where the metastases are. only bone metastases do better than soft tissue metastases. what is the ER an PR , what is the Her2 status..there are many treatments available now. keep fighting, and you will win. ...Read more

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What is ductal incarcinoma (breast cancer )?

What is ductal incarcinoma (breast cancer )?

Breast Cancer: Learn more about intraductal carcinoma of the breast at: http://www.Intraductalcarcinoma.Net/. ...Read more

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Could breast cancer usually metastasize?

Could breast cancer usually metastasize?

Possible: Breast cancer can metastasize. The risk is really dependent on the stage. For a stage i, the risk is. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 breast cancer?

What is stage 3 breast cancer?

It is locally advanc: When the tumor in the breast is quite advanced, often more than 5 cm(>2 inches) in size and starting to cause local skin invasion and also spreading into multiple lymph nodes in the arm pit. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

Metastatic breast cancer usually spread to liver?

It may: Breast cancer can metastascise to many organs. Regionally to the lymph nodes and distantly to other organs. More commonly to the bones, lung, liver, brain and other visceral structures in the abdomen or pelvis. ...Read more

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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

It is curable.: All breast cancer is bad, but the prognosis changes with stages. So the lowest stage has the best prognosis and the highest stage, stage 4, has the worst prognosis. Technically there is a stage 0 which is something called dcis, which hasn't invaded out of the ducts. Stage 1 is better than stage 2 but stage 2 is definitely curable. You can never know you are cured for sure so follow up is necessary. ...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


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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