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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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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 is the prognosis for prostate cancer?

What is the prognosis for prostate cancer?

Depends: The prognosis of prostate cancer, like most cancers, depends on the histologic characteristics of the tumor, clinical staging of the cancer, response to treatment and many unknown factors. See this site for more information. http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-survival-rates-what-they-mean. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for breast carcinoma?

What is the treatment for breast carcinoma?

Surgery: The treatment for. Ready cancer is usually surgery. Breast conservation or mastectomy. Sometimes may need chotherapy and or radiation therapy. See a doctor for specific. It is different for every pt. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What is the typical prognosis for bone metastasis of breast cancer?

What is the typical prognosis for bone metastasis of breast cancer?

Poor: Metastatic breast cancer, like other disseminated cancers has poor prognosis. However quality of life can be improved through proper pain managment and hormonal/chemo/radiation therapy. ...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 treatment for male breast cancer?

What is the treatment for male breast cancer?

Same as female: It is essentially the same as a female which means that it depends on the stage and can range from lumpectomy to mastectomy with or without axillary node dissection and/or chemo- or hormonal therapy and/or radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for duodenal cancer?

What is the prognosis for duodenal cancer?

Rare: Duodenal cancer is quite rare. Prognosis depends on how early it was found and if it can be completely removed surgically. Prognosis can be highly variable from one person to another depending on stage of when he cancer was found. Hard to know without further clinical detailed information. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for fibroadenosis?

What is the prognosis for  fibroadenosis?

See below: Patients usually start to see improvement within 3 to 6 weeks of starting treatment. Over the long hall it is a somewhat progressive disorder. ...Read more

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What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

What is the average prognosis for pancreatic cancer?

Depends: For the 85% or so of patients who present with disease that cannot be resectable, survival is usually 6 months or less without treatment and around a year with aggressive chemo +/- radiation. Surgery with negative lymph nodes has about a 25% 5-year survival rate with chemo and radiation. Surgery with positive nodes - about 14 months average with chemo and radiation. ...Read more

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What is the outlook for ovarian cancer?

What is the outlook for ovarian cancer?

Unfortunately, poor: Unfortunately, the survival rates for ovarian cancer remain poor, despite advances in treatment. The overall survival at 5 years is 46%. However, survival varies greatly depending on the stage at diagnosis. Those diagnosed at stage I have a 5 year survival rate of around 80%, stage ii is around 55%, stage iii is around 30%, and stage IV is around 10%. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for esophageal cancer?

Depends..: On what stage it's found at. Earlier stages that don't show any spread of the cancer can be cured with surgery. Once the cancer has spread, the prognosis worsens. When it has spread to other organs, the chance for cure becomes very low with chemoradiation alone. 5 year survival rates for those without spread is about 37%. If it has spread to the lymph nodes, 18%. To other organ, 3%. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for esophogeal cancer?

Varies with stage: Early stage esophageal cancers can be cured with combination therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) in more than a 1/3 cases while the prognosis for advanced and stage 4 cases is very poor; overall survival at 5 years is 20-25% for all comers. ...Read more

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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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What is the final stage of breast cancer?

What is the final stage of breast cancer?

Stage IV: Stage 4 breast cancer is defined as cancer that has spread from the breast to other organs. This is also known as metastatic disease. While not curable by traditional definitions, if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, people may live years with treatment. ...Read more

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What is the earliest age for breast cancer?

What is the earliest age for breast cancer?

No age limit.: More common after the age of 40 that is why mammogram screening begins after 40. But can happen in young people too. I had a patient who was 25 diagnosed with breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is invasive breast cancer and how is it treated? What is the general survival rate?

What is invasive breast cancer and how is it treated? What is the general survival rate?

Breast ca: Invasive refers to the tumor cells invading through the originating structure [usually the milk duct in breast cancer] and developing the ability to attract more blood supply and grow bigger. It also means it can spread to other parts of body. From am ca society: 2001-2002 stage & 5-year survival rate: 0-93%; i-88%; iia- 81%; iib- 74%; iiia- 67%; iiib- 41%*; iiic; 49%*; iv- 15%;. ...Read more

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What is chemo for breast cancer like?

What is chemo for breast cancer like?

Tolerable: It can be rough on some people but generally tolerable. Depending on the drug regimen used, some can make the hair fallout temporarily, give some figure tip, and toe numbness, and make a person weak and immune compromised for a short while. But if your medical oncologist recommends it, it is because the benefits outweighs the risks of potential side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best early detection for breast cancer?

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What is the best early detection for breast cancer?

BreastCA detection: Breast cancer is best found and found early if the lady is performing monthly self exams, taking annual mammograms , and having her md check her once a year. Annual exams start in late 30s for the base line than annually from 40 on...Unless you feel something now. The physical will find one out of three cas that don't show up on mammography. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lung cancer?

What is the treatment for lung cancer?

Depends on stage: In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. For early stage lung cancer, surgery can often be done minimally invasively. ...Read more

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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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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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Is the present of HER2 a good or bad prognosis in breast cancer?

Both: These tumors are on average more aggressive than their HER-negative counterparts, but also respond to herceptin (trastuzumab) which is very effective. ...Read more

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Which is easier to cure a breast cancer who is a pr/er positive and her2 negative or er/pr negative and her2 positive? Who has longer prognosis?

Which is easier to cure a breast cancer who is a pr/er positive and her2 negative or er/pr negative and her2 positive? Who has longer prognosis?

ER positive: In general, er+ has better prognostic features. However, the entire picture has to be evaluated (tumor size, lymph node involvement, distant spread) in order to determine prognosis for you. A big factor is individual biology. Tumors are different in different people, different ages and even ethnicities. Focus on following your prescribed treatment regimen and thinking positive. ...Read more

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Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

What's the prognosis for my mom with stage 3 breast cancer?

Depends: Depends on: type of cancer (grade, hormone receptors) pre or post- menopausal type of chemotherapy and other therapy given (radiation, surgery) how long ago was the diagnosis? How old is she? ...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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I was diagnosed with invasive carcinoma breast cancer stage 2/ what's prognosis?

I was diagnosed with invasive carcinoma breast cancer stage 2/ what's prognosis?

Very good: I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The most recent us data reports a 5-yr survival rate of 81% for stage iia and 74% for stage iib breast ca. However, keep in mind these #s do not take into account the age and/or health of the patient, the specific tumor markers, nor the most current rx options. I am certain that your oncologist can give you much more information about your specific cancer. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

What is the prognosis for someone who has stage 3 breast cancer with 16/17 positive lymph nodes?

Receptors: This really depends on whether the tumor displays the estrogen, progesterone, and her-2 receptors. You can find this on your pathology report or you can ask your oncologist. The positive nodes is a worse prognosis than if 0 nodes were involved, but the prognosis can still be decent based on the receptor status that i mentioned. ...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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What is the typical prognosis for bone metastasis of breast cancer?

Poor: Metastatic breast cancer, like other disseminated cancers has poor prognosis. However quality of life can be improved through proper pain managment and hormonal/chemo/radiation 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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When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

When given 3 to 6 months prognosis, because of metastic breast cancer that has returned 3 times now to brain, what will the body/disease do as result?

It depends: The degree of control of the brain tumor is important. Although it has returned, the question is whether all avenues such as surgery, gamma knife or both have been used to control the brain tumors. With respect to the rest of the body, imaging/staging studies should be done to see how extensive the breast cancer is. That is, has it gone to the liver or lung or bone?That would make a big difference. ...Read more

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Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

Metastatic breast cancer has gone to hip bone; prognosis?

This depends: The answer depends on many factors. How old is the persone, what other medical problems do they have, when did the breast cancer first occur, what other sites are involved, what are the characteristics of the cancer (estrogen, Progesterone receptors, her2/neu status) and what prior treatments were administered are some of the issues that factor into an answer. ...Read more

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My wife has stage for breast cancer that has now mets to the brain, the oncologist has said prognosis is 3 to 6 months. How have they determined thi?

Stats: Terribly sorry about your young wife. Brain metastases have a poor prognosis and are usually fatal. That number they gave you is just a statistical average that may or may not apply to her. Depends on many factors. No person can know how long any of us has to live. Be with her and make her as happy and comfortable as possible whether she lives a day or a hundred years. God bless both. ...Read more

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Stage 2B IDC breast cancer, her2+/ER/PR+Neoadjuvant taxol, (paclitaxel)A/C,lumpectomy,rads, lymphovascular invasion. What does this mean for prognosis & follow up?

Prognosis fair: Stage IIb breast cancer is usually palpable at 2-5 cm. and at time of procedure to remove lesion, sentinel nodes are + suggesting axillary dissection and reason for neoadjuvant therapy. Lymphovascular invasion increases chance for recurrence. With Her2+ Herceptin (trastuzumab) with chemo should be used and PET/CAT needed to assure met foci not missed in distal organs. Carful follow up needed. ...Read more

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


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