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Is radiation treatment always necessary for breast cancer?

Is radiation treatment always necessary for breast cancer?

Radiation&breastCA: Every pt has the choice of mastectomy or breast conserving treatment. Some time after mastectomy radiation is added if we are worried the ca might have a high risk of coming back. Breast conserving tx is a minimal surgery followed by radiation. This allows the pt to keep their breast and hasa the same recurrence rate as a mastectomy. ...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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When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment?

Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women ("chemoprevention"). ...Read more

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Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

Why is metastatic breast cancer difficult to treat?

It's not: There are many treatments for metastatic breast cancer which can control it for years. Although it can be treated, it is rarely cured. That is because cancer cells are constantly mutating, so treatments lose effectiveness. Metastatic breast cancer requires constant treatment with either hormone therapy, chemotherapy, or biologic therapy. Treatments are changed as they lose effectiveness. ...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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How to treat vaginal atrophy following breast cancer treatment?

How to treat vaginal atrophy following breast cancer treatment?

Vaginal lubricants: I recommend you work with your oncologist and gynecologist for recommendations. You may need a vaginal cream or lubricant to help. A preparation with a low dose of estrogen may be helpful, but again please work with your gynecologist and breast cancer team for optimal results. ...Read more

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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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How effective is breast surgery for treating breast cancer?

How effective is breast surgery for treating breast cancer?

Very effective: Surgery more effective today then in previous years because of early dx by mammo. Here non palpable tumors or DCIS is detected and wide resection with adequate margins free of disease can give close to 90% to 95% cure or better when RT employed if needed ...Read more

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Is it okay for an oncologist to do breast cancer treatment without tamoxifen?

Is it okay for an oncologist to do breast cancer treatment without tamoxifen?

Yes: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. It has no role in rx of estrogen (-) breast ca. Furthermore, aromatase inhibitors are an effective alternative to tamoxifen for estrogen (+) breast cancer after menopause. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer skin metastasis?

What can be done for  breast cancer skin metastasis?

More importantly...: ...What's going on in the rest of the body? True skin mets from breast cancer are often multiple & may be indicative of disease elsewhere, necessitating chemotherapy. If it is truly an isolated skin met, it can be excised and/or radiated. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer spread to the brain, be cured?

Can breast cancer spread to the brain, be cured?

Mets to Brain: Unfortunately, a cure would be very unlikely.But, survivial time and quality of life are increasing there are meds that can treat disease that spreads and newer treatment that involve radiation that specfically targets small tumors.Reasearch and trials of antibodies targeting certain tumor types continue.Still, the best way is finding the breast cancer very early in the breast through exams etc. ...Read more

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How is breast cancer treated?

How is breast cancer treated?

Surgery/Chemo/Radiat: Treatment usually starts with surgery, removal of the tumor grossly. Depending on the stage and biology it may require chemotherapy and/or radiation. Anti-estrogen therapy may also play a role. ...Read more

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How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor?

Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for breast cancer?

What is the treatment for breast cancer?

Multimodal Rx: The primary treatment for most breast cancers is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy; if one chooses lumpectomy, they will also require radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be indicated. This may be given as a pill and/or IV medication, depending on tumor-specific factors. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for metastatic breast cancer?

It Depends: It depends on the "personality" of the cancer, ie whether it has the estrogen receptor, Progesterone receptor, or her2. It also depends on where the cancer is. Er+ cancer that has spread only to bone can often be treated with anti-estrogen pills alone, while cancer in the liver, lungs or brain often requires chemotherapy. Women can live for years with metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Can taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce cancer of the uterus ?

Maybe: There is a slight increased risk of endometrial cancer of 1 in 500 chance reported. The benefits of tamoxifen in treatment of breast cancer is much higher than the risk of endometrial cancer. Ask your oncologist and ob-gyn how best to follow or watch for this potential risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Does pr-negative breast cancer respond to tamoxifen?

Does pr-negative breast cancer respond to tamoxifen?

It depends.: Tamoxifen is used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer. This is determined by checking for estrogen receptors (er) and Progesterone receptors (pr) on the cancer. If the cancer is er+ and pr- (or vice-versa), it should respond to tamoxifen. However, if the cancer is er- and pr-, tamoxifen is not effective. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment cause cancer of the uterus ?

Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more