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What is the prognosis for metastatic breast cancer to hip bone?

What is the prognosis for metastatic breast cancer to hip bone?

Treatable,NotCurable: The term "prognosis" is like an on/off switch and does not take into account disease control and quality of life. After all, diabetes is incurable but doesn't have the same connotation as cancer. Many breast ca patients with bony mets respond very well to rx and can live for years with this. It is best to focus on response to rx rather than cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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What is the prognosis for triple negative breast cancer?

What is the prognosis for triple negative breast cancer?

Need more info...: All else being equal, women with triple negative breast cancer have a worse prognosis than those who are receptor-positive; however, prognosis is highly correlated with the size of the cancer and the presence of cancer within the axillary lymph nodes. Furthermore, some women are more responsive to chemo than others, which will affect prognosis. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis, if my wife had breast cancer and it has now mets to the brain and she has 8 modules and several lesions?

What is the prognosis, if my wife had breast cancer and it has now mets to the brain and she has 8 modules and several lesions?

So-so: Breast cancer patients with brain metastases have a strong tendency to do better than the average patient with brain metastases. So you should treat it aggressively, but delicately, with fractionated whole brain radiation (i would give 40 gy/20 treatments for metastases from breast cancer) and salvage radiosurgery or surgery to any lesions that grow. ...Read more

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Stage of breast cancer as a relation to prognosis?

Stage of breast cancer as a relation to prognosis?

Yes: Breast cancer can be stage 0 non-invasive. Stage1, stage 2, stage 3 and stage 4. Each of the stages has a variety if statistical possible outcomes and results. Also depends on cell type, hormone receptors, dna of the tumor, response to treatments and radiation, underlying health factors, etc. Too complicated to discuss here. The oncologist can be more specific for the patient's specific situation. ...Read more

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Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Prognosis stage 3 breast cancer?

Curable!: Stage 3 means the tumor is large and/or the cancer has spread to many lymph nodes. It can still be cured with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The risk of cancer returning depends on many factors-- age, # of involved lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has hormone receptors or her2. About 50% of stage 3 breast cancer patients are cured. Have hope! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with liver cancer also breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

Diagnosed with liver cancer also breast cancer. What is the prognosis?

It is not very usual: To have two cancers at once' more likly the breast cancer is the cause of the liver lesion(s). Ifthere is doubt, a biopsy can be done to verify cell type and establish appropriate treatment, including presence of er/pr/her-2-neu - cell surface marker suggesting treatment. Liver metastasis can respond, but classically less responsive to hormones, and not having as favorable outcome to therapy. ...Read more

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What happens if my friend has breast cancer and results of a biopsy of her thyroid shows cancer, what's her prognosis?

What happens if my friend has breast cancer and results of a biopsy of her thyroid shows cancer, what's her prognosis?

Probably separate: Hi. The breast cancer and thyroid cancer are probably unrelated. I've never seen breast cancer metastasize to thyroid. Thyroid cancer generally has a high cure rate. It's not fair she's had these cancers but life isn't fair. I bet the thyroid cancer with treatment will go well. I hope the breast cancer is in remission. She might outlive us all! :-) ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my friend has breast cancer and results of a biopsy of her thyroid shows cancer, what's her prognosis?

Not sure: Hello- i'm not sure i understand the question. If your friend already has breast cancer and she now has thyroid cancer, the prognosis from her breast cancer does not change. Thankfully thyroid cancer usually has a good prognosis. She will need genetic counseling. Good luck. ...Read more

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Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Someone i know had breast cancer about 3 years ago. Within the past year, the cancer spread to the spine and liver. What is the prognosis?

Varies: This depends on her response to treatment and her overall health. The average 5 year overall survival for someone with stage IV breast cancer is 15%. ...Read more

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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


Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more