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How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation.
Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; other breast cancers may rarely spread to other organs and may be indolent for years and years. What remains true is that there is no benefit of "watchful waiting" when it comes to breast cancer: all else being equal, early diagnosis can save lives.

In brief: Variable

This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation.
Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; other breast cancers may rarely spread to other organs and may be indolent for years and years. What remains true is that there is no benefit of "watchful waiting" when it comes to breast cancer: all else being equal, early diagnosis can save lives.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Devon Webster
Studies of women who have chosen "no treatment" show they all ultimately die of breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on stage

This depends on the stage of the breast cancer.

In brief: Depends on stage

This depends on the stage of the breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Paul Harper
Surgery

In brief: Depends.

There are some patients with breast cancer (such as dcis) can lived for many, many years with the cancer doing nothing.
Some people will die very quickly. It depends on the type of cancer, the stage of the cancer when discovered, presence or absence of hormone receptors and much more. Obviously the sooner you find the cancer and start treatment the greater your chances are of being cured.

In brief: Depends.

There are some patients with breast cancer (such as dcis) can lived for many, many years with the cancer doing nothing.
Some people will die very quickly. It depends on the type of cancer, the stage of the cancer when discovered, presence or absence of hormone receptors and much more. Obviously the sooner you find the cancer and start treatment the greater your chances are of being cured.
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper
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