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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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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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Has the treatment of breast cancer evolved over the past 10 years?

Has the treatment of breast cancer evolved over the past 10 years?

Many: Many changes have occurred. Surgery still a mainstay. Chemotherapy treatments are more tailored to individual patients based on tumor dna studies & cell type. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of not getting treatment for breast cancer?

What are the consequences of not getting treatment for breast cancer?

I've seen cases : Of what we call "neglected" breast cancer...And it is not pretty. The skin of the breast can dissolve, bleed, grow, and smell. It can leave deposits across the chest and back, and as it is destroying the breast and skin, cells can travel to brain, bones, liver. These women are miserable and sad...And hard to help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how has the treatment of breast cancer changed over the years?

Can you tell me how has the treatment of breast cancer changed over the years?

Many things : Over the last few decades many things have changed: Taxanes as part of the chemo plan is established for lymph node-positive disease. Herceptin was approved for Her2+ breast cancer. Pertuzumab was approved for Her2+ breast cancer when given before surgery. Lumpectomy and radiation are alternative to mastectomy in many patients. Radiation is more focused, allowing less toxicity. ...Read more

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Is there a homeopathic treatment for breast cancer?

Is there a homeopathic treatment for breast cancer?

Not for any cancer: There is no homeopathic "treatment" that has any effect on breast cancer nor on any other cancer. A person may feel better after taking a homeopathic "medication" either because he truly believes the "medication" is helpful, and so he is happier and uplifted; or because he is just by coincidence feeling good that day. ...Read more

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What is the role of tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer?

What is the role of tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer?

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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How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

How do I know the chemo treatment for breast cancer has affected my good normal cells what damage does it cause to my body?

Your oncologist can: Your treatiig oncologist can address this issue easily. Chemotherapy has but temporary effects on your blood counts.These go away within 3-4 weeks after stopping chemotherapy. There is little concern about long term aeffects on your body as the body can take care of repaiing itself quite quickly.So i would advise you not to worry about it...Yet ask such questions to the oncologist who ahs treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the chemo treatment for breast cancer to take effect after each cycle and does each cycle increases the level of discomfort?

How long does it take for the chemo treatment for breast cancer to take effect after each cycle and does each cycle increases the level of discomfort?

A few days and yes: By "take effect" i assume you mean cause side effects. Most people feel very fatigued from chemo, and that gets worse after each cycle. The chemo works right away on cancer cells, but it usually takes several days after treatment to feel side effects. ...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