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What are the survival rates for a stage three breast cancer patient? Going to chemo and following doctor orders. And what to expect..Symptoms etc..

What are the survival rates for a stage three breast cancer patient? Going to chemo and following doctor orders. And what to expect..Symptoms etc..

Ask your oncologist: Most women with breast cancer do very well. Yet stage 3 breast cancer does carry risk of relapse despite good treatments. So be alert and follow instructions and remain under supervision of your doctor(oncologist) for 5-10 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 survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

What is the survival rate for stage 3 breast cancer?

More than 50%: This is a hard question. Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. It depends on whether it's stage3a, b or c, and the time of survival. At 5 years after diagnosis, 50-60% of women with stage 3 breast cancer are alive. Other factors are age, receptor status of the tumor, number of lymph nodes involved, and treatment. Remember that survival is improving all the time! ...Read more

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Stage 3 breast cancer?

Stage 3 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer indicates spread to more than 3 lymph nodes for a breast cancer of any size. Will likely need surgery, chemotherapy & radiation therapy. See an oncologist for more details. ...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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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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What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

What does stage 3 breast cancer mean?

Advanced: Breast cancer survival is correlated with it's stage, which is predominantly based on the cancer size, it's growth, and lymph node involvement. Stage 3 means that the cancer has grown into the chest wall or skin and/or multiple lymph nodes (including areas outside the armpit) are involved. These are all signs that chemotherapy is needed for potential cure. ...Read more

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How do you treat triple negative, stage 3 breast cancer?

How do you treat triple negative, stage 3 breast cancer?

Chemo: Triple negative breast cancer refers to those cancers whose cells have tested negative for epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors , and progesterone receptors . They are aggressive requiring chemo for mets. The METRIC trial employs Glembatumumab vedotin (CDX-011) CALGB is evaluating carboplatin added to paclitaxel and adriamycin (doxorubicin) plus cyclophosphamide chemo ...Read more

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Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Don't get despaired: Stage iii over all survival of 72% is getting even better reaching 82% , with current advanced treatments , speak to your oncologist for all available treatments ...Read more

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How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

How fatal is stage 3 breast cancer?

40-70% 5-yr survival: The most recent statistics from the national cancer database quote the above numbers for stage 3 breast cancer, which varies quite a bit between 3a v. 3b or 3c. Keep in mind that this is based on people diagnosed as long as a decade ago, so it may not reflect the most up-to-date treatments. ...Read more

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Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Is stage 3 breast cancer usually fixable with an operation?

Yes: Stage 3 breast cancer is curable, but in addition to an operation most women will need chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the best chance of cure. Surgery removes the cancer from your breast/lymph nodes, but chemotherapy & radiation kills cancer cells that have escaped into your body. These escaped cells can return as incurable stage 4 cancer, so treating them is very important. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

Depends: Depends on:
type of cancer (grade, hormone receptors)
pre or post- menopausal
type of chemotherapy and other therapy given (radiation, surgery)
how long ago was the diagnosis?
How old is she? ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

Receptors: This really depends on whether the tumor displays the estrogen, progesterone, and her-2 receptors. You can find this on your pathology report or you can ask your oncologist. The positive nodes is a worse prognosis than if 0 nodes were involved, but the prognosis can still be decent based on the receptor status that i mentioned. ...Read more

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I have stage 3 breast cancer I am taking chemo to shrink the mass but I do not want my breast removed?

I have stage 3 breast cancer I am taking chemo to shrink the mass but I do not want my breast removed?

It does not have to : If your cancer shrinks after taking chemotherapy, you might be able to avoid a mastectomy if your doctotr believes that your breast can be saved. But it requires the tumor to decrease in size considerably so that you can have a lumpectomy and still hvae enough left behind to have a good cosmetic result. Ask your onciologist/surgeon for advice and guidance and let him/her know your wishes to save y. ...Read more

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My mother has stage 3 breast cancer. Could she still battle it?

My mother has stage 3 breast cancer. Could she still battle it?

Yes, curable: Although it can be a difficult treatment with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and possibly radiation, most of these treatments are aimed at getting rid of the cancer and preventing it from coming back. Unless she has many other or more serious health concerns that make it unlikely for her to live another year or two, then some form of treatment is a good idea. ...Read more

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Stage 3 breast cancer her2 positive how many herceptin (trastuzumab) cycle she must undergo?

Stage 3 breast cancer her2 positive how many herceptin (trastuzumab) cycle she must undergo?

Up to 1 year's worth: Herceptin (trastuzumab) can be given together with initial chemotherapy for the first 4-6 months then subsequently by itself for a total of 1 year. If chemotherapy was given first without Herceptin (trastuzumab) then Herceptin (trastuzumab) can be given for a full year by itself. The usual cycle runs every 3 weeks (17-18 cycles in one full year). ...Read more

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I was treated for stage 3 breast cancer 12 years ago, NED since then. Recently, my oncologist passed away. Do I need to find another, or can my PC do?

I was treated for stage 3 breast cancer 12 years ago, NED since then. Recently, my oncologist passed away.  Do I need to find another, or can my PC do?

Your PCP is enough: Dear Emmy:
Given that you have been NED for 12 years, your follow up would be more appropriately done by a regular primary care physicians. As oncologists, we typically only follow breast cancer patients for 5 years and at the most 10 years for those that need medications like tamoxifen for 10 years. But if you are not taking cancer meds, your PCP is enough. All the best, Ariel. ...Read more

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I have triple negative stage 3 breast cancer. Ac followed by t. Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for ac....Is it routine to continue neulasta (pegfilgrastim) for t treatments?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): For ac regimen dose dense (every 2 weeks, we recommend neulasta). After that i usually give Taxol (also called paclitaxel) weekly x 12 weeks and Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is not used for weekly regimen. Some oncologists prefer Taxol every 3 weeks x 4 doses (big dose taxol), than it can be used. Weekly regimen have robust data and is well tolerated and we can avoid side effects of Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) (which can be rough). ...Read more

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My mom has stage 3 breast cancer im 31 and have never had a mammogram and I don't have insurance how can I get checked out with out paying a lot im very stressed out about it . Does anyone know a place to go in denver?

My mom has stage 3 breast cancer im 31 and have never had a mammogram and I don't have insurance how can I get checked out with out paying a lot im very stressed out about it . Does anyone know a place to go in denver?

Health dept: The natl breast & cervical cancer program is offered in all 50 states. You may need to check with your local (county) or city health deptment for information. Check with mammogram centers in your area, who are usually funded by komen or avon to provide free screenings.
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/. ...Read more

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Im a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient . I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance medicine?

Im a her2 stage 3 breast cancer parient . I have already finished my herceptin (trastuzumab) what would be the next medication would I take as maintenance  medicine?

It depends on your b: There are many medicines used to treat breast cancer. Besides herceptin, (trastuzumab) your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy or hormonal therpy depending on the subtype of breast cancer that you have. Hormonal therpies are used for er+ cancers....So check if your tumor wass er+ or er-. Ask you oncologist to address this question. ...Read more

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When I have my daughter tested for brca gene? My husband's sister was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  no other history of b.C. In our families.

When I have my daughter tested for brca gene? My husband's sister was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  no other history of b.C. In our families.

Not now: If your sister in law had cancer before age 45 or had a triple negative cancer before age 60, she fits nccn criteria for brca testing even without family history. She needs to test first and if positive, your husband should test and if he is positive, then you test your girl. Cancer can jump an individual but the gene cannot. Hope all goes well with all in the family. ...Read more

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Will gleevec (imatinib) help my sister who has stage 3 breast cancer that has now gone into bone cancer stage 4?

Will gleevec (imatinib) help my sister who has stage 3 breast cancer that has now gone into bone cancer stage 4?

NOT STANDARD OF CARE: Gleevec is indicated for gist and cml. In breast cancer it has been looked at in preclinical studies and phase ii studies. Although it has been suggested that Gleevec might help in bone metastasis by inhibiting osteoblast activity i would only use it under a clinical trial. For bone metastasis there are 2 meds that help prevent complications: zometa & xgeva (denosumab). Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Statistically, how common for a 1st time dx of breast cancer to be stage 3 or 4?

Statistically, how common for a 1st time dx of breast cancer to be stage 3 or 4?

Very common: Especially if the mass has been there for a while or you haven't done monthly self-exam. I wish this weren't true. Now, please be brave and do what you know you must. ...Read more

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What is the best weight for me at age 44 being 5'5" and having had stage 3 triple + breast cancer at age 42?

Ideal weight: This link to the cdc should help; http://www.Cdc.Gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight. ...Read more

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What is the best healthy diet for breast cancer stage 3 people?

What is the best healthy diet for breast cancer stage 3 people?

Food not the answer: Despite what the naturopaths say food doesn't effect disease and you can't cure cancer with wheat grass and tree bark ...Read more

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Are there any specific food to take and to avoid while in chemotherapy for breast cancer in stage 3. Age is 60 yrs and vegetarian.

Are there any specific food to take and to avoid while in chemotherapy for breast cancer in stage 3. Age is 60 yrs and vegetarian.

Possibly: It depends on which drugs you are getting. Each drug has a slightly different effect on taste. In general you should maintain your nutrition. Plant based diet has been suggested to reduce the risk of recurrent disease. ...Read more

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My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

Yes: There are cure rates for stage iii breast cancer. Here is a good resource to read more:

http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use sauna suit or slimming support when I do my walking exercise? I'm a breast cancer stage 3 patient?

Is it ok to use sauna suit or slimming support when I do my walking exercise? I'm a breast cancer stage 3 patient?

Yes: After surgery wearing a sports bra to prevent movement will help with the pain. Once you have healed you may wear whatever is comfortable for you. ...Read more

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What are statistical odds of cancer coming back? 42 yrs old. Trip neg breast cancer, stage 3 C , axil & supra clav dist Mets. Dx last year, now NED?

What are statistical odds of cancer coming back? 42 yrs old. Trip neg breast cancer, stage 3 C , axil & supra clav dist Mets. Dx last year, now NED?

Very possible: Triple neg makes the lesion more aggressive and obviously not too responsive to hormonal therapy. Nodal disease extending to supraclavicular area is extent to which axilla can spread. No mets to occur from this site. Usually surgery, RT utilized. If NED, recurrence can only come from cells that might have spread from primary and now reside in marrow. If recurrence then chemo will be needed. ...Read more

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What is the expected life span of stage 3 a her2 + 43 years old breast cancer patient?

What is the expected life span of stage 3 a her2 + 43 years old  breast cancer patient?

Results encoraging: Overall survival of stage iii breast cancer 70% her2 breast cancers are aggressive so needs aggressive, targeted chemotherapy , with Herceptin (trastuzumab) in combination with toxal ( and other chemo ) need to work closely with oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the benefits we get from zometa and what are the side effect? I'm a her2 breast cancer stage 3 patient

What are the benefits we get from zometa and what are the side effect? I'm a  her2 breast cancer stage 3 patient

Controversial: I personally think there is a benefit based on the trials. Specifically in post-menopausal women. Not only treating or preventing osteoporosis but also preventing breast cancer recurrence. But i think the final answer is still unknown. The side effects are few but one which is rare can be problematic, osteonecrosis of the jaw. ...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