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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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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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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?

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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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. Rt is mandatory following breast conserving surgery: local recurrence rates are decreased from >25% to <5% with rt. Rt is also used after mastectomy for patients that are at high risk for local recurrence. ...Read more

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How will i know breast cancer hormone therapy is working?

How will i know breast cancer hormone therapy is working?

Depends on situation: If you are receiving hormonal therapy for metastatic breast cancer you will hopefully notice improvement in symptoms from the cancer or by seeing an improvement on another scan. If you are taking hormonal therapy to minimize the chance of recurrence, there is no way to know how well it is working for you as an individual. However, many studies prove that it decreases the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Fairly effective: Radiation plays an important role in treating breast cancer. In the neoadjuvant setting it can reduce the size of a relatively large lesion making surgery more effective. It can be used to treat micro disease in axilla and after lumpectomy can be used to enhance survival and reduce local recurrence. In metastatic bone disease it can control in not eliminate disease. ...Read more

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Are there new advances in radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Are there new advances in radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Yes: The most common method of treatment is external beam RT, which is typically given over 7 weeks. Accelerated partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy) is an option for some breast cancers and can be completed in 5 days. Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is popular in Europe and is becoming more available in the US for selected patients; treatment may be completed at the time of surgery. ...Read more

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Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Careful: Most but not all breast cancers need radiation therapy. Please be careful of claims made by alternative treatments for cancer and ask for independent well controlled studies that demonstrate benefit. At this time alternative treatments are of a supportive role to more conventional therapies. I personally know of women whose cancer got worse while they tried alternative methods. ...Read more

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Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women?

Is combined tamoxifen plus hormonal therapy better for breast cancer in pre or postmenopausal women?

Estrogen supression: In general, aromatase inhibitor is only indicated for postmenopausal women ;not for premenopausal; while on the other hand, tamoxifen can be given either in pre or postmenopausal. Only thing is that tamoxifen can cause a little bit higher risk for complication -i.e. Risk for blood clots and risk for develping uterine cancer- when used in older population- age of -65 Y.O. Or above. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Yes: There is a small amount of lung radiated that usually causes no problems. But sometimes this amount is large enough to cause a pneumonitis that can cause a cough. You need an exam and a lung x-ray to determine if this is the cause. ...Read more

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Does postmenopausal hormone therapy lead to breast cancer?

Does postmenopausal hormone therapy lead to breast cancer?

Very low Risk: With due respect. The landmark study, whi, is called into question in so many ways. The nih spent millions to answer very little. As an re, i feel there are many facets to HRT and a careful and comprehensive evaluation of the literature supports a very minimal at best increase in breast cancer and the evidence points to the progestin component only (provera). Consultation warranted. ...Read more

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Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Yes: Certain hormones, especially longer use of estrogens, can increase a person's risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen on the fda web site & there is a class action lawsuit ongoing against premarin (conjugated estrogens). See site: http://m.Cancer.Org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/generalinformationaboutcarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens. ...Read more

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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. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

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