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Can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia?

Can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia?

Not likely: Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow. Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible. ...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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Are breast cancer and leukemia hereditary?

Are breast cancer and leukemia hereditary?

Some : Some cases of breast cancer genetic mutations brca i and ii , her 2 some breast cancer run in families. In leukemias not enough proof of genetic mutations as in breast cancer ( I do not know ) how ever leukemias run in family members, especially cll and AML , may not be genetic, could be environmental. ...Read more

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Are chronic leukemia and breast cancer related?

Are chronic leukemia and breast cancer related?

Somewhat: Patients with chronic leukemia are twice as likely as the general population to develop other malignancies, including breast cancer. This likely has to do with chronic leukemia patients having a genetic predisposition, compromised immune systems, or just generally being older. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between breast cancer and APL leukemia? there are two cases of breast two cases of leukemia in my cousins family.

Is there a connection between breast cancer and APL leukemia? there are two cases of breast two cases of leukemia in my cousins family.

No: There is no association or reported instances of leukemia associated with breast cancer. The closest that one can find is a rare association between lymphoma, probably arising in a intramammary lymph node and carcinoma in the same breast . There is the possibity that the cause is the MMTV virus that has entered the Wnt-1 gene to overproduce B-catenin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can cancer like leukemia and breast cancer appears or caused?

Can you tell me how can cancer like leukemia and breast cancer appears or caused?

No one answer: Cancer is many different diseases and has many different causes and many unknowns. The general factors in cancer are heredity/genetics, use of tobacco, alcohol, radiation, chemicals, obesity, lack of exercise and some infections. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, my grand father had collon cancer, my grandmother had lung cancer i had leukemia when should I start testing for the others?

My mom had breast cancer, my grand father had collon cancer, my grandmother had lung cancer i had  leukemia when should I start testing for the others?

Genetic counseling: Hi tiffany, sorry to hear ab what you/your family went through. You need to see a genetic counselor. Most large cancer centers have one. They will do a blood test or a mouth swab to check for cancer genes. Li fraumeni syndrome (and others) need to be ruled-out. When you start testing depends on the age your relatives were when diagnosed/what gene (if any) you have. Please stop smoking. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

What are the side effects of chemo therapy with breast cancer?

Several: Hair loss, nausea, fatigue, risk for infection. However, the incidence of nausea is a lot less now with newer medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer?

Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer?

No: Studies show that adding tamoxifen to an aromatase inhibitor (what i assume you mean by "hormonal therapy") was not better than either drug alone. ...Read more

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What is the time frame for getting chemo therapy if they have breast cancer?

Depends: Sometimes chemotherapy is given before surgery (neo-adjuvant). Sometimes chemotherapy is started a few weeks after breast cancer surgery, depending on the person's healing. The length of the treatments can be given over 3-6 months. ...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


Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more