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I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

Follow up important: Talk to your oncologist. I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises. ...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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Lisa(54) due for 2nd round of chemo(1st round very hard on her) and has fractured her leg; is it advisable to delay treatment(stage 3 breast cancer)?

Lisa(54) due for 2nd round of chemo(1st round very hard on her) and has fractured her leg; is it advisable to delay treatment(stage 3 breast cancer)?

Need oncologist: Only your oncologist can give you the answer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer and the treatment being given and other factors in your medical history. ...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?

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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Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3?

Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3?

Yes: In the majority of cases, stage 3 breast cancer needs chemotherapy in order to cure and prevent the cancer from coming back. Speak with your navigator and oncology team and ask questions so you understand the details of treatment and your stage. ...Read more

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My 87 year old aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's had it for over a year. However, she doesn't want treatment, are there home remedies for this?

Not really: I would not recommend home therapies. A lot depends on her health. If the tumor is advanced, surgery may be needed to prevent chest involvement or skin ulceration. If the tumor is small and not aggressive it may be possible that an agent like tamoxifen (estrogen receptor blocker) may give some local control without surgery. Consultation with a compassionate breast cancer specialist is in order. ...Read more

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What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

Dependent on details: There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. ...Read more

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Treatment for her2 breast cancer?

Treatment for her2 breast cancer?

Herceptin (trastuzumab): The local treatment option (breast conservation versus mastectomy) are the same. The diff comes with systemic therapy. Her2+ cancers are more aggressive but this is counteracted by the biological (antibody) herceptin (trastuzumab). This is generally given with chemo. Since this is the case, it may often given before surgery (neoadj) to gain additional prognostic info and shrink the primary. ...Read more

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What happens during a breast cancer treatment?

What happens during a breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer tx: During a breast cancer treatment, you would work closely with your oncology team- including a breast surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. All of them will work with you so you can get the best therapy available tailored to your case and to ensure that you can get through the therapy well, cope with those possible adverse events and still able to maintain descent quality of life. ...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. Mark Hoepfner
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