Which treatment does a woman with early breast cancer need?

Varies. But commonly surgery is first done to remove the lump. Depends if invasive or in situ, cell type, cancer stage, hormone receptors, etc. May need cchemotherapy or hormone therapy. May need radiation therapy. A medical oncologist can direct the best treatments.

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Which type of treatment should woman 87 have with breast cancer?

Depends what stage.. ...And how healthy she is. Age by itself shouldn't be the factor that dictates her treatments. If it's an early stage cancer with good prognostic features, she may only need the lump removed with surgery +/- anti-hormone pill. She should hear about all her options from a team of specialists including surgeon, med onc, rad onc and pain/palliative care if she's not in good health. Read more...

What kind of treatment should woman 87 years of age have with breast cancer?

IT DEPENDS. If you are otherwise very healthy and expect to live another 10 or more years , you could say that the treatment should be the same as for a younger patient (except maybe avoiding adjuvent chemotherapy for node negative disease , esp if hormone sensitive). If you are an infirmed 87 yo treatment should be more individualized so as not to harm you and lower your life expectancy. Read more...

Is tamoxifen a must for er/pr negative menstruating woman for breast cancer treatment?

No. Actually, it's er/pr positive women who are potential candidates for tamoxifen. This is advised for women whose cancer stage mandates chemotherapy, sometimes combined with traditional IV chemotherapy. Furthermore, we often recommend tamoxifen to prevent the development of a second cancer is breast cancer survivors. Read more...
No. This and similar medicines are anti Estrogens that block the receptors. So if the patient has negative receptors there is little benefit from the medication. So it's not a must. Read more...

Is alloderm with a tissue expander recommended at the time that my breast cancer tumor is removed? I am a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with right breast cancer. I do want to have the same size breasts again after treatment for breast cancer. Is preparation

It . It sounds like you have decided to have a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast) rather than a lumpectomy with radiation. This is a reasonable choice as both work just as well for curing most early breast cancers. If you have a mastectomy, an immediate reconstruction at the time of the cancer operation can be done. Often this is accomplished by placing a tissue expander that is slowy increased in size to stretch the skin and tissues over the chest and make enough space to put in a new artificial breast implant a few months later. Many plastic surgeons are now using some alloderm over the tissue expander as well to provide a surface for the new skin to grow in and also help get the area to the correct size more easily. I have seen many patients with excellent cosmetic outcomes with this procedure. There is really no special preparation that needs to be done before the operation. The main considerations in deciding whether to proceed with this type of reconstruction or not are: 1) what is the chance that radiation therapy will be needed after surgery? If it is likely that radiation will be necessary the tissue expander reconstruction route can still be done, but you need to discuss the implications of the radiation on the reconstruction with all your doctors. 2) what is the chance that you have a breast cancer susceptibiilty gene that would predispose you to getting a cancer on the other side? Sometimes genetic testing should be done before surgery to help you decide if you should have both breasts removed and get both reconstructed at the same time. Read more...
Lots of options. There are a lot of reconstructive options available to you and you should understand what each option entails before finalizing your decision regarding how to be reconstructed. What is your best option will be different from another patient and depends upon your overall health, your body weight and the nature of your opposite breast. Read more...

Need prognosis for woman 75, stage 4 breast cancer, mets to (hip/knee bone): otherwise VERY healthful. Refuses treatment. Planning long RV trip soon!

Can't preduct. She should go on her trip and enjoy herself. There are lots of different kinds of breast cancer and even tumors of the same kind and at the same stage can kill in a short time or stay quiescent for years. Cherish every day you have together. Read more...

What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

Variable. Breast cancer is individually treated depending on each person's condition, cancer stage & cell type. Surgery with lumpectomy, often combined with the proper chemotherapy or hormone agents, and sometimes radiation therapy. It varies highly from one person to another, depending on the factors I have noted above. Read more...
Don't forget genes! I agree with the prior answer. If you are 34 years old with breast cancer, do not make a decision about surgery until you have been tested for the brca gene! (go to myriad.Com and click on the bracanalysis box). Read more...