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Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
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Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and pleural effusion. What is treatment?

It depends: Breast cancers come in many "flavors", and this will determine the treatment. Usually it's a form of chemotherapy given by mouth or by vein. Xeloda is given by mouth, and there are many intravenous chemotherapies. Sometimes hormone blocking medications are very effective if the cancer has the estrogen or Progesterone receptor on its surface. Herceptin is useful if it has her2 on its surface. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. There are two main types of breast cancer: * Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type. * Lobular carcinoma starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, that produce milk. In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other ...Read more


Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed w Stage IV lung cancer w malignant pleural effusion. She started spitting up yellow bile. Is it spreading?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
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My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed w Stage IV lung cancer w malignant pleural effusion. She started spitting up yellow bile. Is it spreading?

This cancer: has poor prognosis. I think she might be coughing sputum, not bile, and she might have a pneumonia. Take her to her doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
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Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo?

Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. This will depend on age, tolerence for treatment, hormone responsiveness and other tumor characteristics. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
30 years in practice
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What to do if I have triple negative metastatic breast cancer stage iv?

Don't give up: For starters, find a good oncologist, preferably one who works within a multidisciplinary team and has access to clinical trials. There are too many variables to give you specifics but very likely you will be offered chemo. Depending on the circumstances, surgery or radiation may come to play. You had 3x- cancer before age 60 and fulfill criteria for BRCA testing. If positive (or even if not)... ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Donald Thomas
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
30 years in practice
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Is massive pleural effusion in one lung high risk for mastectomy for breast cancer?

Dr. Donald Thomas
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Is massive pleural effusion in one lung high risk for mastectomy for breast cancer?

Yes: A large pleural effusion in the setting of malignancy is worrisome for metastatic spread. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient.And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Raichle
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

Dr. Timothy Raichle
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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I am stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 1 yr ago it spread to ovaries and i had hysterectomy. Do i stil need to have yearly papsmears.

Technically no: I am terribly sorry about your situation. Given that your original diagnosis of breast cancer had nothing to do with hpv or related changes to the cervix, and assuming that you always had normal prior pap smears, then you do not need to have annual pap smears. Obviously, you need pelvic exams at whatever interval your doctor recommended, though. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin Diedrich
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Dr. Pouya Shafipour
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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My relative has metastatic breast cancer, going through the final stages. Is it advisable for her daughter to undergo tests? Is cancer hereditary?

Dr. Pouya Shafipour
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My relative has metastatic breast cancer, going through the final stages. Is it advisable for her daughter to undergo tests? Is cancer hereditary?

Yes, some forms of: Breast cancer are hereditary. It's best to ask your relative's doctor what if she had the genetic type of breast cancer. If your relative got it at a fairly young age, it is definitely advisable for her daughter to get genetic testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
18 years in practice
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What is metastatic breast cancer?

Dr. Regina Hampton
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
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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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Dr. David Cooke
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Pleural Effusion (Definition)

Pleural effusion is a symptom in which a person has liquid in the chest between the lungs and the chest wall ribs. Since the liquid takes up space, the person will have less room for the lungs to expand into, and so the effusion may ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


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