Do breast cancer patients have to have cat scans done after treatment?

Not all. Depends on stage. Patients with very early stage have extremely low risk of having detectable metastases on a scan so we usually don't do scans unless there is a symptom or a sign of potential spread. Patients with higher stage or inflammatory cancers usually get initial staging scans because they have higher odds of having mets. In the end it should be a judgment call of the treating doc.

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Should breast cancer patients not to have cat scans done after treatment?

Depends. ...On the stage and other things. Patients with very early stage have a low risk of having detectable metastases on a scan so we usually don't do scans unless there are symptoms or signs of spread. Patients with higher stage or inflammatory cancers usually get staging scans because they have higher odds of mets. In the end, it should be a judgment call of the doc in charge. Read more...

What is the best treatment for s tage 2a breast cancer in a 63 yo male. No nodes were positive and pet CT scan was negative. Er positive.?

Need More Info. First line rx is surgery (mastectomy or lumpectomy+ radiation rx). Chemo will be recommended, either hormonal rx +/-iv chemorx (depending on her2neu+/-oncotypedx), assuming you are otherwise well-enough to have rx. Bottom line: you need to discuss with a medical oncologist. Read more...
Prognosis . Prognosis is excellent. I would still want to know size of tumor, grade, if there is presence of lymphovascular invasion, perineural invasion, ki-67 index, her 2 status, adjuvant online prognosis and finally the new molecular test oncotype DX or mammaprint, before giving my final opinion regarding the need for chemotherapy or not? Age is also imp and so is family history. Read more...
Tamoxifen. After a mastectomy, use of tamoxifen in an er+ tumor has the best historical experience for this rare condition in men. The decision to use chemotherapy may depend on comparable metrics used for breast cancer in women such as size of tumor, grade, presence of markers (her2neu, high ki- 67). Though no data in men, oncotype DX theoretically can help with treatment decision about need for chemo. Read more...

Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3?

Yes. In the majority of cases, stage 3 breast cancer needs chemotherapy in order to cure and prevent the cancer from coming back. Speak with your navigator and oncology team and ask questions so you understand the details of treatment and your stage. Read more...
Usually. Stage 3 breast cancer is a more advanced breast cancer, usually with significant size and invasion and/or spread to lymph nodes. There is a greater chance that the breast cancer cells have spread through the blood stream, for which only chemotherapy and pills can get to those cells. There are new targeted agents which target a breast cancer type and also attack the cells through the blood stream. Read more...

I'm a breast cancer patient but half way through my heceptin. My doctor stopped my treatment because my heart is only working at 42 percent?

Should improve. Most pts whose cardiac function declines while on herceptin, (trastuzumab) will have the function return to baseline if the drug is dropped. Interestingly, once the drug is again resumed, most don't have a relapse of this cardiac decline. Repeat the scan of the heart in a month, and see where the cardiac function stands. Read more...
Cardiotoxic. Cardiotoxicity occurs in 2-4% of cases with terceptin. This means the drug can cause your heart to weaken. A normal ejection fraction is 50% or greater. If yours is down to 42%, it's time to stop the drug. Read more...
Herceptin (trastuzumab) That chemo agent can cause weakness of the heart muscle and if your ejection fraction is only 42% then your doctor is being appropriately cautious. Read more...
It does happen in so. Herceptin (trastuzumab) has effects on the heart and can lower its pumping function(ejection fraction(ef)). Normal value is 50-55%; so 42% is not too bad. It will recover by the time they check it again in 3-4 wks, so it is a good idea to stop Herceptin (trastuzumab) unless you have not yet had at least 6 months of therapy with herceptin(in which case the oncologist can go back and complete it provided the ef has recovered. Read more...

I a patient has breast cancer, when would you give radiation therapy?

Breast irradiation. Radiation therapy is used for localized breast cancer. Radiation alone is not a curative treatment for breast cancer. In breast cancer, it is used as an additional (adjuvant) treatment to treat local and regional areas at high husk for microscopic disease. It's use depends on stage and what type of surgery had been performed. For more information, cancer.Gov, cancer.Org, astro.Org, nccn.Org. Read more...

How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

Early results good. Published results of intraoperative radiation therapy, iort, (targit-a trial) have found no difference as compared to traditional whole-breast radiation therapy in a subset of people at low risk for recurrence. While promising, we await long-term data before expanding this option to more people. To-date, my experience has been very favorable. Read more...
Effective. According to some studies, the results are as effective as traditional radiation. Read more...
Promising. The initial reports are promising. I think i will wait for more long term data to be available before i offer this to my patients. Read more...