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Why Do We Give Antiestrogen Drugs To Those Who Have Breast Cancer
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
To slow growth: Most breast cancers are stimulated by estrogen and progesterone, the normal female sex hormones. When deprived of these hormones, the tumors often die. Consequently, breast cancer tumors are tested to find out if they are sensitive to these hormones. If so, medicines to block these hormones are given as part of the cancer treatment for breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anti-estrogen drugs: Anti-estrogen drugs are given to both premenopausal and postmenopausal women whose cancer is estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive. These cancer may grow when exposed to estrogen. Anti-estrogen medications block or reduce estrogen that is normally produced by the ovaries in premenopausal women or by fat cells, liver, adrenal glands or other organs in postmenopausal women. ...Read more
Astute question!!: Post menopausal women and women who had their ovaries removed still produce sex steroids in the adrenal glands that are later converted to estrogen. Cancer cells learn how to function with those minute quantities of Estrogens and for that reason we target the estrogen receptor pathway in these women. Thank you for that good question. ...Read more
Herceptin (trastuzumab) breast ca: About 1/4 cases of breast cancer express a protein on the surface of the cancer cells called her2neu which is a member of the epidermal growth factor family of receptors important for growth signaling into the cell nucleus. Herceptin (trastuzumab) is an antibody developed to target her2neu and antagonize this growth signaling and kill the cancer cell. Chemo is synergistic with Herceptin (trastuzumab) when given together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but...: ...Not without the appropriate counseling of the pro's and con's. To wit: implants can interfere with the ability to perform the best test that we have for screening for breat cancer--mammograms. On the other hand, 85-90% of all breast cancers occur due to environmental factors rather than heredity, so many women have less of a family risk than they may realize. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I've read about women with breast cancer in one breast choosing to have both removed. why would you do that?
Several reasons: 1. To avoid getting a second cancer in the healthy breast down the road 2. Because she has a brca1/2 mutation which puts her at higher risk for a second breast cancer 3. To have breast reconstruction done on both breasts at the same time 4. To avoid the anxiety and nuisance of mammograms and biopsies in the future. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lots: Any woman of reproductive age and older can get cancer of the breast. The risk varies greatly depending on age, ethnicity, family history, reproductive factors, lifestyle factors (like diet and exercise) and many others. Every person is different so if you have questions about your particular risk, i advise going over it with your doc. There are ways to estimate risk and do something about it. ...Read more
Can you please list the most common ideas to give to people if they donate to breast cancer research?
Think Pink: There are many reputable organizations out there that raise funds for breast cancer, but the breast cancer research foundation actually contributes about 90% of its funds to research. http://www.bcrfcure.org/ also consider supporting the american cancer society. http://www.cancer.org/. ...Read more
We are trying to get baby from last 4 years, but not able to.
In latest report, there are some issues. Please let us know, what should we do.
What are the issues?: First of all just what are the issues. Difficult to answer and help you without knowing the facts ...Read more
The social context: Breast cancer is more common, there is an industry to subsidize the events and pink ribbons (mammography machine manufacturers), body image is a concern, and there is at least one demographic in which breast cancer carries a superstitious dread. The "activism" is a good thing overall. A sensible man who finds a testicular lump gets with his physician and usually gets a cure. Less fearful overall. ...Read more
Why are doctors reluctant to prescribe armour or any ndt? It seems that those who do use it feel tremendously better
Different doctors: have different reasons. In general, however, it is harder to titrate the dose. Since it is simply ground up pig thyroid, there is no guarantee how much hormone you will get with each pill (there is variability). Synthroid or levothyroxine is also biochemically identical to human thyroid hormone, pig hormone is not. Patients probably feel better due to the T4/T3 combo. ...Read more
Multimodal therapy: Breast cancer treatment is often a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It is hard to cure early breast cancer without surgery as part of the treatment. Sometimes they can give chemotherapy before surgery to limit the extent of surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To shrink big tumors: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is for three main reasons: 1. To treat inflammatory breast cancer, when chemotherapy should always be given before surgery 2. To shrink large breast cancers that are very close to the chest wall muscle before they have a chance to invade 3. To shrink large tumors in order to avoid a mastectomy and have only the lump removed instead (lumpectomy). The risk of cancer returning is no different that having chemotherapy after surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Be there- for her: Be there to listen not to advise unless asked - men fail at that aspect. Go with her to the doctor's appt. Again to listen and/or to ask questions that your friend expressed to you and forgot - their heads are spinning. With you they will not feel alone. Today i had 3 such patients all by themselves after previously calling them with the diagnosis so that they could ask someone to be there.Thanku. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have seen so many women who tolerate abuse, cheating, violence from their significant others because they love them?
Sometimes: people confuse love with addictive relationships.Get a more detailed answer ›
Breast Cancer: There are several differs ways to provide support and raise awareness for breast cancer. In central texas we have the cancer support community of central texas for psychosocial support. The way i try to raise awareness is let people know that roughly only a third of women who have mastectomies were informed about their options regarding breast reconstruction. There is legislation to help change. ...Read more
No: If the cancer is small and found early, then a lumpectomy (just remove tumor) and radiation can be performed.. If the cancer is large, some people can get chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then get lumpectomy. The earlier the cancer is found, more treatment options are available. It is important to ask questions and even a 2nd opinion can be helpful. ...Read more
Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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
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
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