What is the success rate of a patient taking gemzar (gemcitabine) for metastatic breast cancer?

It depends. The success of gemcitabine (or other chemotherapy) depends on several factors. Where the cancer is, what prior treatments have been administered, and if anything in addition to gemcitabine is being administered. Gemcitabine is effective in about 1/3 of patients treated if it is the first drug administered for metastatic breast cancer. These chances decline if it is the 2nd, 3rd or later treatment.

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Multiple pimple different sizes 1-3 CM together on the infra scapula reg. Of patient has metastatic breast cancer, could be related to cancer?

Possibly. It is difficult to say without more information. These could be a reaction or a side effect of treatment, but breast cancer can recur as skin lesions that can resemble small pimples. These should be examined by her oncologist. A simple biopsy may be recommended. Read more...
Possibly. Hash the bast and safest thing to do is seek out a board certified dermatologist. These may be simple pimples, a sign of immune changes or others. If possible and they look like a cancer then a simple biopsy would give you all the answers. Read more...

Metastatic breast cancer what is survival rate women older than 65?

Depends.... ...on many factors, such as ER and Her2 status (+ vs. -), tumor grade, how many metastases (a few vs. a lot), the location of the metastases (bone vs. liver/lung/brain), the general health of the patient, and the availability of therapy for her. I would say that as a rule, metastatic breast cancer patients do better than other common cancers but of course there are exceptions. Saludos. Read more...

What is a survival rate of women older than 60 who have metastatic breast cancer?

Survival. It depends upon what type of breast cancer it is er/pr positive? Her2 status and the sites of mets whether bones alone or organs like liver lungs brain etc. On an average women with stage 4 breast cancer are surviving 3-4 years with diagnosis, some longer than that some not. Read more...
Variable. Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer can be controlled with chemotherapy in some. Some can live years depending on the individual's response to chemotherapy treatments. Others will not do as well, and each person is different. Discuss in more detail with the treating medical oncologist who can give better answers, knowing the patient and the specific details of the breast cancer. Read more...

What is the survival rate of metastatic breast cancer to other organs?

Highly variable. Everyone is different, responds to treatments differently, has different cell types & different underlying medical conditions. Depends if bone or lung or liver involvement. Some patients can live for years & others may not. The patient's treating oncologist would be able to answer much better. Read more...
2 to 5 years. Metastatic breast cancer, in general has good treatments which can prolong life for several years. The average survival is between 2-3 years but one in 4 patiets (25%)is expected to be alive over 5 years or longer. Some women can live with it for 10+ years provided they are under the care of a breast cancer specilalist (good medical oncologist). Read more...

What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies. Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient.And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. Read more...

Where can I find the best oncologist for metastatic breast cancer in india?

Resources. Consult with the american society of clinical oncology, and find a physician in india who is a member. Also your best bet is to look for physicians in a major university in a major city in india. Other options is to reach out to indian physicians associations in north america for recommendations. Read more...
There are many. Most of the good oncologists are located in major cities of india(delhi, mumbai, chennai, bangalore and hyderabad. Even ludhiana has a couple of good ones. Tata memorial cancer center has a coyuple of good ones too.Depending on which city is closer to you, i can help you find a good oncologist. Read more...

What is the best alternative treatment for someone with metastatic breast cancer?

Standard regimen. I am not sure what you mean by "alternative" but many of our current treatments-chemotherapy and hormonal therapy are good for treating breast cancer. There are complimentary treatments (acupuncture, reiki, to name a few) that can be used along with standard therapy but should never be used solely "to cure cancer" these have not gone through the rigorous fda standards. Read more...
We don't know. I encourage you to ask your doctor and alternative providers to work together. There are no guaranteed "cures" with either alternative or western medicine. However, therapies can complement each other, or they can counteract each other. You don't want that! some diets may inhibit cancer growth, and side effects may be relieved with alternative medicine. Be open and honest with all your docs! Read more...
Get the facts. If the cancer is subject to hormonal manipulation or to the new biologicals, go with these. If mainstream treatment options have clearly run out, resist the temptation to reward a sweet-taking "natural healing" or dark "conspiracy" talker with money for Rx's that won't work. ("They failed because you ate GMO food.") Get with hospice -- palliative care is good nowadays. Best wishes. Read more...

I want to know whether radio surgery (cyber knife or gamma knife) is applicable in metastatic breast cancer to liver?

Mets in liver. If someone had just one met, cyberknife, rfa, nano knife, cryo ablation or surgical resection any of them can be considered. It would be important to biopsy it and make sure what the pathology is as there is a 20% chance of having different pathology compared to the primary breast cancer. That can make a difference in systemic therapy we choose. Read more...