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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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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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What are the treatment options for male breast cancer?

What are the treatment options for male breast cancer?

Same as for women: The treatment for male breast cancer is the same as it is for women. Treatment depends upon the stage, cancer characteristics, patient health and patient preferences. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for breast cancer? What are my various treatment options for breast cancer? What is the best treatment? .

What are the treatment options for breast cancer? What are my various treatment options for breast cancer? What is the best treatment?

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Depends: Small early breast cancers usually treated with small surgery called lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. Then see an oncologist for best treatment options depending on your specific cell type and possible dna tumor studies. Radiation therapy sometimes indicated. Larger tumors or hormone receptor negative tumors need more surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Ask your oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer?

Chemo & RARE sx/rads: Chemo represents answers one through nine, however, if one has a solitary metastasis in the liver that is able to be surgically removed safely, this could be answer 10. Also, focused radiation (cyberknife or radiosugery as it it called) can sometimes be used to treat isolated mets if surgery is not possible. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for malignant melanoma cancer?

What are the treatment options for malignant melanoma cancer?

Many: The treatment for melanoma involves removing the primary site with a margin depending on the depth of the melanoma. In addition for high risk lesion a sentinel lymph node biopsy is performed. If these lymph node contains melanoma the remainder of the lymph nodes are removed from that basin. Treatment for distant disease can involve surgery, chemotherapy and or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic rectal cancer?

Chemo or Surgery: There are more options today. Rectal cancer metastatic to liver or lungs can be surgically removed if there are a limited number of tumors not affecting the liver or lung blood supply. Widespread rectal cancer is best treated with chemotherapy. In special circumstances, metastases can be treated with highly focused radiation or drugs can be injected into the tumor to shut down their blood supply. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

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What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

Personalized therapy: Nowadays, treatment for metastatic lung cancer is individualized based on the type and biology of the cancer. Some genetic profiling evaluation would probably need to be done on the cancer cells-to guide you doctor in selecting best treatment for you. For majority , treatment will be combination of regular chemotherapies plus minus biological therapy vs clinical trials. Discuss further with your md. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for paget's breast disease?

What are the treatment options for paget's breast disease?

Mastectomy lumpect: Usually mastectomy (with or without reconstruction is indicated). However, if the paget's is not associated with an invasive cancer - or if the cancer is not very big, a central lumpectomy - removing all of the nipple and areola and a cone of tissue under it may be done. In all of these cases, radiation is indicated and there is still a risk of local recurrence and usually a significant deformity. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic thyroid cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic thyroid cancer?

There are several: More surgery might be an option if the cancer has spread in the neck or to just one other spot. Radioactive iodine may be able to treat many smaller metastatic areas. If these are not good options, some centers are using newer chemotherapy agents such as sorafanib (nexavar). A team with an endocrinologist and an oncologist would be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for metastatic liver cancer?

What are the treatments for metastatic liver cancer?

Chemotherapy: Primary liver cancer can spread to other parts of the liver, adrenal glands or lymph nodes. Any spread is a bad sign and is rarely curable. Some metastases can be removed surgically but they often recur. By injecting drugs into individual tumor blood vessels some metastases can be killed. New chemotherapies can slow the progression of the cancer for a few months but there is still no cure. ...Read more

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What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?

PET/CT: The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan. A bone scan is also helpful if you're concerned about bony disease, and a head MRI for brain metastases. The sites of distant spread for breast cancer are generally the lungs, the liver, the bone and the brain, so these tests are sufficient. ...Read more

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What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

Don't forget genes!: I agree with the prior answer. If you are 34 years old with breast cancer, do not make a decision about surgery until you have been tested for the brca gene! (go to myriad.Com and click on the bracanalysis box). ...Read more

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What are treatments for breast cancer?

What are treatments for breast cancer?

Multiple: The mainstay treatment for breast cancer is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy, with sampling or removal of the lymph nodes in the armpit. Radiation is usually needed in conjunction with lumpectomy, but not necessarily with mastectomy. Chemotherapy may be added depending on the stage and characteristics of th cancer. Lastly, hormonal therapy may be useful depending on the tumor receptors. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ovarian cancer? What are the best treatment centers for ovarian cancer?

What is the treatment for ovarian cancer? What are the best treatment centers for ovarian cancer?

Depend on stage?: In general- if surgery can be done- surgical resection will be the most important therapy plus minus chemotherapy. A meticulous and detail oriented/optimal surgery done by an experienced a gynecologist-oncologist to remove all cancer cells from the pelvic/abdominal cavity as much as possible-( to possible residual implants less than 1 cm) - should be done.Chemotherapy in advanced case is crucial. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for prostrate cancer..?

What are the treatments for prostrate cancer..?

Many: There re many options for the treatment of prostate cancer. They depend upon the stage, age and health of the person, and aggressiveness of the cancer. A health care team composed of a urologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist can counael regarding options. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

What is the best treatment for metastatic breast cancer? How about alternative treatments?

It depends: There is not a "best" treatment, as metastatic breast cancers are different. The best treatment will take into account past treatment, current symptoms, and the subtype of breast cancer (er, pr and her2 status) as well as the location of tumors. Usually chemo or biologic therapy is necessary. Alternative treatments like mushrooms may have anti-cancer effects, but more studies are needed. ...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 some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

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What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv?

Systemic therapy: Mainstay therapy for stage IV cancer would be systemic therapy - in the form of chemotherapy or antiestrogen therapy for er+ breast cancer- in the right setting. Palliative radiation or surgical procedure can be given in the right setting i.e. Painful bony metastases, spinal cord compression- to relieve symptoms. Palliative care will be always part of the treatment througout the course of cancer. ...Read more

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What are the current treatment options for bladder cancer?

What are the current treatment options for bladder cancer?

Surgery: Depending on the stage and type of bladder cancer, treatment will vary. This includes observation, instilling medicines into the bladder (bcg), radical surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The appropriate treatment will be dependent on the stage, type of cancer, and patient preference. ...Read more

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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...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. Devon Webster
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Metastatic Breast Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that has spread from its origin (breast) to any other location (lymph nodes, bones, organs, etc.) outside ...Read more