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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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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 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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Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

Does a knot on your body have to mean cancer?

No: There are plenty of benign bumps as well. Your physician can examine and perhaps biposy it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Please tell me what does a triple cancer mean?

Triple negative?: I'm betting that this is a report on a breast cancer that lacks each of three markers for treatability by particular interventions. If this is not correct, please write back and direct your question to our oncologists. ...Read more

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What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

What does the term vin mean when referring to cancer?

VIN: Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (vin) is dysplasia of the vulva. The grades, assigned by the pathologist when microscopically examining vulvar biopsy specimens, are vin 1 (mild squamous dysplasia), vin 2 (moderate squamous dysplasia), and vin 3 (severe squamous dysplasia). Vin 2 and 3 have the highest risk of progression to invasive squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated. ...Read more

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If a lesion turn out to be malignancy does this mean cancer?

Yes: By definition. Remember that there are hundreds of relatively common kinds of cancer, and that some are much more aggressive than others. ...Read more

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If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

If someone is prescribed glivec, does this mean they have cancer?

Usually - yes.: Gleevac is used for the treatment of various cancers, including Philadelphia chromosome positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), some cases of Ph+ acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), or rare cancers like mastocytosis. Other 'pre-cancer' diseases (some myelodysplastic syndromes) and non-cancerous hyper eosinophilia syndrome can be treated with Gleevac. ...Read more

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What do cancer survival rates mean if youre told 5 years, for example?

Clinical trials for: Many cancers use the 5 yr survival for a benchmark. As with most statistics from trials, they report on a group rather than individuals. 5 yr is no t a good endpoint for prostate: it needs 10 & 15 year data, but 5 yrs is often used with lung, breat and colorectal. These cancers comprise 80% of cancer. ...Read more

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