Is serum albumin an independent predictor of survival in patients with breast cancer?

Interesting question. I do not know of any data that point to Albumin as an independent prognostic factor in early breast cancer. Patients with advanced cancer often develop malnutrition and cachexia which will lower the Albumin levels. Those patients will do poorly so indirectly it may give you a rough idea of prognosis in those advanced cases.

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What's the survival rate of stage4 breast cancer? My mom is a stage 4 patient for several years now.

Varies. Stage 4 breast cancer can have various survival length. The rule of thumb is 6 months, but, i guess, there are more exceptions than than the rule. I had a patient who was stage 4 with metastases to the bones who lived ~3 years with it. It finally killed her. Metastases anywhere else usually kill the patient quicker. Read more...
Need more info. This is hard to answer without knowing the specific biology of your mom's cancer and which organs are involved. Nowadays, we consider stage IV breast ca like a chronic illness; one we cannot cure, but we can often manage and control very well. It sounds like your mom is being managed very well considering her survival for several years already. Read more...
Doesn't Matter. This is great news - focus in the time you have with your mother. Today women are living longer with stage 4 breast cancer due to better treatments, targeted therapies and growing understanding that breast cancer is not one disease. Congratulations. Read more...

Breast cancer reconstruction patients: what does it mean when the doctor can't "find the magna site"?

Injection Site. Staged reconstruction with tissue expanders involves slowly injecting the expanders with saline (salt water). One type of expander has a magnet adjacent to the injection valve and a special (needle) finder to make injection easier. Read more...

What diet is best for breast cancer patient?

I'm not . Sure that anything beyond a sensible diet is proven to reduce breast cancer recurrence. I may be wrong but keeping the weight at a good level may play a role but with estrogen receptor blockers i'm not sure that there is data on that. The study size would have to be huge, i would think, to notice these subleties. Read more...
Healthy diet . It has been shown that keeping your weight to normal levels and exercising regularly and eating a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is associated with some reduction in breast cancer recurrence. Read more...
Healthy. You should maintain a healthy diet. After surgery it is important to increase your protein content to heal your wounds. Read more...

What food should a breast cancer patient avoid eating?

Food to avoid. No food is associated with exacerbating breast cancer . Enjoy what ever you want but in moderation of course . Read more...

Is soy milk safe for breast cancer patients?

Unknown. It is unknown for estrogen receptor positive (er+) breast cancers. Soy has estrogen-like properties. In lab studies, some soy products have caused breast cancer cells to die, while other products have caused the same cells to grow. I tell my patients not to take soy supplements in the form of extracts, pills, or powders, but if they enjoy drinking soy milk they may do so, in moderation. Read more...

Can all breast cancer patients carry the brca genes?

No! Many patients with breast cancer have no genetic predisposition or risk for breast cancer. However, there are several genetic markers which increase the risk of developing breast cancer over a person's lifetime. Read more...
Yes and no. We all have the brca genes in our dna. God (or evolution, your choice) put it there with the purpose of repairing damaged dna, destroying dna that can't be repaired, and other things. When it's mutated (changed) in certain places, it does not work and leads to the development of cancer. Only a small number of breast cancer patients inherit such deleterious or "bad" mutations. Read more...
Yes, and no. We all have the genes named brca, but we don't all have mutations in those genes. It's the brca mutations that increase the risk for breast cancer. It turns out that 85% of breast cancers have nothing to do with the brca gene. So most patients with breast cancer do not have a brca1 or brca2 mutation. I hope that answers your question! Read more...