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How much would HER-2 targeted treatment for stage-1 breast cancer (already had mastectomy) cost in the US without insurance?

How much would HER-2 targeted treatment for stage-1 breast cancer (already had mastectomy) cost in the US without insurance?

It is expensive: But the treatment uses Herceptin (trastuzumab) and it is easily available all over the world. Moreover, you may not need them unless your tumor size was close to 2CM or larger. let us know the details of the size of the tumor and we can be more exact in our recommendations. Good luck. ...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 statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

What are statistical odds for cancer returning in a 63 yr old woman 20 yrs after treatment for stage 1 breast cancer (lumpectomy, chemo, & radiation)?

Low, but not zero.: First of all, congratulations on being a 20-yr survivor! it is impossible to give you a number or even a range without knowing more specifics about your cancer, however, the fact that it hasn't returned in 20 years certainly puts you in favorable statistical category. I suggest that you meet with your medical oncologist to discuss this, as well as any measures you can take to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance (while still paying) where would be reasonably priced place to go for this treatment?

If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance (while still paying) where would be reasonably priced place to go for this treatment?

HER-2 RX: Go to the University of San Fransisco Medical Center: they will have expert physicians to advise you, and most university hospitals can arrange payment plans which fit your budget. It is very important to have expert advise for any form of breast cancer to have the very best chance for long term survival, so do not delay. ...Read more

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If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance, where would be reasonably priced places to go? (for my mother in law who lives in china)

If I wanted to get HER-2 treatment (Herceptin) for stage-1 breast cancer in the SF Bay Area WITHOUT insurance, where would be reasonably priced places to go?  (for my mother in law who lives in china)

Additional resources: Local hospitals as well as county and state facilities will support people without insurance for the treatment of cancer. Please see additional evaluation and recommendation for your condition. God bless made things go well. ...Read more

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How soon after lumpectomy does radiation begin? How long is radiation treatment if stage 1 ductal breast cancer or dcis?

How soon after lumpectomy does radiation begin? How long is radiation treatment if stage 1 ductal breast cancer or dcis?

Depends on RX : We usually begin brachytherapy within 3 weeks after surgery (duration: 5 days). External beam rt usually begins within 6 weeks (assuming chemo unnecessary) and may last 4-7 weeks depending on the protocol. ...Read more

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Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Are there any other treatments for stage 1 breast cancer other than chemo?

Surgery+/-RT+/-Chemo: Stage i breast ca reflects a small (<2cm) cancer w/minimal or no lymph node involvement. While prognosis is excellent, some women would still benefit from chemotherapy, primarily related to age and tumor receptor status. This can include a pill, IV chemo, or a combination. Regardless of stage, local rx includes surgery+/-radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone. Last year i had early catch stage-1 breast cancer. I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy. I was scheduled for four treatments. The side affects

Is tamoxifen safe and can I take it? I am a 67-year-old white female living alone.  Last year i had early catch stage-1 breast cancer.  I next had a lumpectomy and only one treatment of chemotherapy.  I was scheduled for four treatments.  The side affects

If : If your breast cancer was estrogen receptor-negative then you will not benefit from hormonal adjuvant therapy like tamoxifen (actually women who are past their menopause should be on Arimidex (anastrozole) not tamoxifen) either way you will not benefit from those since your mass is estrogen receptor negative. At 67 you should probably still get radiation as you still have a long life ahead of you...Especially with stage 1 cancer. You have to discuss these options with a breast surgeon... ...Read more

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Could there be a cure for stage 1 breast cancer?

Could there be a cure for stage 1 breast cancer?

Yes: Stage i breast cancer is usually treated with mastectomy surgery with immediate reconstruction or lumpectomy and radiation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have intented a formula that can cure first stage of breast cancer, how can I share it to the world?

What to do if I have intented a formula that can cure first stage of breast cancer, how can I share it to the world?

Trial and publish: you will need to open a clinical trial to make sure that it is not just a pure luck/chance and no bias and it is something that is reliable . clinical trial has to be run in certain ways to ensure quality control of the result. then following a clinical trial, then you can publish the result. ...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


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