After someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, do they start treatment right away?

Yes. I advise my breast cancer patients to begin treatment within 1 month of diagnosis. The first line of therapy is usually surgery, which will also provide the necessary information to stage the cancer; this information is used to guide further therapy, such as radiation- and/or chemotherapy. On occasion, i advise chemotherapy first to shrink the tumor to facilitate a lump-x rather than mast-x.
As soon as possible. Staging will need to be established to guide treatment and goal of therapy. Surgical resection on the breast mass- many times would be the first to do in abscence of distant metastases. Then followed adjuvant chemot , adjuvant radiation, hormonal therapy as indicated. Sometimes, chemo is given prior to surgery to shrink the cancer. Treatment post surgery has to be started within 3 months post-op.
Generally. I tell my patients that once we have decided to operation, you should do it within the month.

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When after someone is diagnosed with breast cancer do they start treatment?

Soon. Depends on stage at diagnosis. For early breast cancers, usually plan surgery a few weeks after diagnosis and want to start medical oncology treatments within a month of the surgery. Read more...

My 87 year old aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's had it for over a year. However, she doesn't want treatment, are there home remedies for this?

No. There are no home treatments for cancer. Surgical removal of the cancer (which can be a minor procedure) & hormone therapy can be a first start for treatment of breast cancer. Read more...
Not really. I would not recommend home therapies. A lot depends on her health. If the tumor is advanced, surgery may be needed to prevent chest involvement or skin ulceration. If the tumor is small and not aggressive it may be possible that an agent like tamoxifen (estrogen receptor blocker) may give some local control without surgery. Consultation with a compassionate breast cancer specialist is in order. Read more...
Discuss with surgeon. Usually surgical removal is the first step and is well tolerated even in the elderly. If she absolutely refuses surgery and the tumor is not too big, I have treated several patients like her with tamoxifen alone and have had reasonable success. There are no home remedies. A lot depends on her overall health (is she ambulatory, in a nursing home, etc.) and the size of the tumor. Read more...

My mother is 80 years old. In 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She received treatment but it has reappeared again. What caused it to reappear again?

Recurrence. Depends on the type & stage of the first breast cancer & the treatments received (chemotherapy & radiation therapy). Depends on where it has reappeared: skin, chest wall, bone, lung, lymph node, etc. Breast cancers can recur and close exams & follow up after the first treatments are important. An oncologist will help direct the correct care & treatment options. Read more...
Recurrence Defined. Breast cancer may recur locally (in breast after lumpectomy) or systemically (distant organs=metastasis). If the former, mastectomy is recommended; if the latter, chemotherapy. The "why" part is a lot harder to answer, relating to the unique type of cancer she had and its original rx. I suggest you accompany your mother to her oncology appointments for support & a better understanding of the "why". Read more...

What do you suggest if my mother is 56 she is diagnosed with breast cancer with bone disease. Pls help with best treatment info?

See an oncologist. An oncologist can help decide if the cell type of breast cancer may respond to chemotherapy, as there are several types of breast cancer. Ask if there is a multidisciplinary team (several different specialists with interest in breast cancer) in your area that may discuss optimal treatment. Read more...

What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

Depends. On what type of cancer it is (invasive or dcis). But the norm is lumpectomy + radiation + anti-estrogen therapy if the tumor is estrogen receptor positive. Aggressive tumors or those that have spread to lymph nodes warrant chemotherapy as well. Read more...
Dependent on details. There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. Read more...
Depends. This depends on the size and nature of the tumor. In general the treatment for breast cancer involves surgery and sometime radiation and chemo/hormone therapy. Read more...

I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

Ask your oncologist. Your oncologist will lay out your follow up schedule. Read more...
Care plan. The follow up plan for breast cancer is a good history and physical every 3-6 months for the first 2 years then every 6 months until 5 years then yearly. It is not recommended to do a lot of scans as survival is equivalent for patients we routinely scan versus those that we follow as recommend above. A mammogram is recommended on affected breast 6 months after radiation then yearly. Read more...
Follow up important. Talk to your oncologist. I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises. Read more...

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...