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Can I get radiation therapy for breast cancer if I have a port-a-cath in place?

Can I get radiation therapy for breast cancer if I have a port-a-cath in place?

Yes: The mediport is used for chemotherapy and the patient may also need radiation. It should have been placed on the opposite side to not interfere with radiation. If not it can always be moved or removed. ...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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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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How effective is radiation therapy for breast cancer?

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 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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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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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 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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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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more