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What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the stages of breast cancer mean?

Size/location: Stages depend on the size of the tumor and whether or not the cancer cells have traveled outside of the breast. You can find more detailed information here http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/patient/page2. ...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 do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

The extent of cancer: ...is typically categorized into various stages. A complete diagnostic evaluation is needed to determine a cancer's stage. Criteria are the size of the primary tumor, the involvement of regional lymph nodes, invasion into tissue outside the breast, or more distant metastasis. Staging systems are usually numbered I-IV with various subdivisions. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page2 ...Read more

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Can pain in breasts mean I have breast cancer?

Can pain in breasts mean I have breast cancer?

Not usually: Brian I am assuming you are male. Breast pain and lump in a male is usually a non cancerous condition called gynecomastia. It is a hormonal side effect of many medications in adult males but is seen during normal hormonal changes during puberty. You should be examined and a mammogram and/or sonogram may be needed to confirm that it is gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Does a breast dimple always mean breast cancer?

No, but checked...: A newly developed dimple in breast should be timely evaluated with detailed Hx about its course, physical exam, mamagrpahy, and biopsy. To do the related things for good care correctly, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; gynecologist or surgeon specialized in breast surgery is the choice. Never try to wait the things out like breast dimple. Best wish... ...Read more

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What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

DCIS : Dcis is stage 0 breast cancer it is ductal carcinoma in situ this is made of cancerous cell that are actually located in their normal position in the breast duct and do not have the ability to spread which is the hallmark of the invasive or real breast cancer it is treated usually with surgery and radiation and hormonal treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

Multicenteric: Breast cancer may be present in more than one area in the breast being called multifocal or multicenteric. Usually a mastectomy is recommend for surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How can someone have breast cancer in three different areas and what does that mean?

It can happen: Breast cancer typically starts in the breast but it can then spread to other parts of the body. When that happens it is called metastatic breast cancer or stage -4 breast cancer. In such cases multiple sites/organs are affected by breast cancer, typically it involves lungs, bones and liver but it can spread to any of the organs in the body. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if someone is diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer?

Aggressive variety: Triple negative refers to the hormone status ER (estrogen receptor) PR (progesterone receptor) and Her 2 neu receptor negative. It is an aggressive that in general is difficult to treat. ...Read more

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If you have breasts that aren't symmetrical does that mean breast cancer risk goes up?

If you have breasts that aren't symmetrical does that mean breast cancer risk goes up?

NO!: Breast Cancer is a common disease. So you should do a Breast self examination once monthly and have a physician check you and examine the Breasts once yearly. An annual Mammogram is recommended. These are just routine good medical check up guidelines for you. Your breast Asymmetry would not pose any extra risk of breast Cancer. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my right breast that comes and goes, does that mean that I have breast cancer?

If I have pain in my right breast that comes and goes, does that mean that I have breast cancer?

Pain isn't: A common feature of cancer, but it brings attention to lumps, their size, affect on the skin, nipple, that warrant imaging and biopsy. Come and go pain is not the issue, learning self exam, regular visit, and annual mammo may be a plan. ...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