Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
1 Any counseling program for children of breast cancer survivors? Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
See Below: Any therapist should be able to help your child. Ask your child’s provider for recommendations. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing …Read more
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
2 Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy? Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
3 Do people with stage IV metastatic breast cancer often undergo chemo? Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Yes.: Under certain circumstances hormone therapy might be the initial treatment, but most stage 4 patients eventually undergo chemotherapy treatment. This will depend on age, tolerence for treatment, hormone responsiveness and other tumor characteristics. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion 4 Is mastectomy really necessary for a stage 2 breast cancer patient? Dr. Carlos Encarnacion Dr. Encarnacion
Depends: The choice between mastectomy (either one or both breasts) and lumpectomy depends on many factors including genetic issues, size of the cancer and of the breast, location, and many others. It is a choice to be made by both the surgeon and the patient after a thorough discussion. …Read more
Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim 5 Patients with advanced breast cancer,Has received chemotherapy,Is there any need for radiotherapy? Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. …Read more
Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
6 When is tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment? Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Chemotherapy: Tamoxifen is a very effective drug for the treatment of hormone-sensitive (estrogen receptor +) breast cancers. It may be used alone or in combination with traditional IV chemotherapy, depending on the cancer stage. Furthermore, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in high-risk women (“chemoprevention”). …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
7 What recommendations do oncologists have for a stage 1 breast cancer patient? Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
D/w your oncologist : Stage 1 in general is treated with surgery and radation therapy if lumpectomy is chosen. In addition, anti hormonal therapy is recommended for er+ cancer. Chemo +/- biological therapy i.e. Anti her2neu inhibitor – is given for some cases of stage i breast cancer- depending on the size, prognostic factors, oncotype dx, her2neu receptor status, age, preference, ps, etc. D/w oncologist in detail. …Read more
See 4 more doctor answersDr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
8 Can photoacoustic breast imaging solve the conventional challenge in diagnosing breast cancer for patients with dense breast tissues? Dr. Travis Kidner Dr. Kidner
Unclear: The data is unclear on this. I do not think it is ready to prime time just yet. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
9 Does anastrozole tablets for breast cancer also treat bone cancer in women with metastases? Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Sort Of: We define cancers by their organ of origin. Therefore, by strict definition, bone cancer originates from bone cells; Anastrozole won’t help these rare cancers. More commonly, cancers can spread to bones–we call this bone metastasis. Breast cancer can spread to bones; anastrazole can prevent the spread of certain breast cancers. Hope this helps. …Read more
Dr. Simon Kimm Dr. Kimm
10 Is brachytherapy helpful for a prostate cancer patient who has metastasized cancer cells? Dr. Simon Kimm Dr. Kimm
No.: Brachytherapy is used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, or cancer that has not spread outside of the prostate gland. If a patient has metastatic disease, treatments need to be systemic, with the aim of halting the growth & spread of the cancer throughout the body. These treatments include hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Urologists & medical oncologists can help. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
11 Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer with a liver transplant patient? Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
If needed yes: Liver transplant patients need chemotherapy will be given with close monitoring , working as team . Interesting observation, in liver transplant patients the incidence of ovarian cancer is less than the normal population. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
12 Why are certain chemo treatments done for a breast cancer patient in stage 3? Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
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
See 1 more doctor answer Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
13 Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening? Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
None as good: Mammograms are the best test for detecting breast cancer. It is not clear that breast exams by a health care provider add benefit (tho they may), and breast self exams have not been shown to be beneficial. Certainly, if you notice a bump, a change in skin, a nipple discharge or any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should get it checked out. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answer Dr. David Dang Dr. Dang
14 Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Dr. David Dang Dr. Dang
None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
15 How can I transition from breast cancer patient to cancer survivor? Dr. Rafael Lugo Dr. Lugo
Survived: If you have survived the treatment and you are cancer free then you are a survivor. Congratulations! www.Drlugo.Com. …Read more
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
16 Can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia? Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Not likely: Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow. Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible. …Read more
See 2 more doctor answersDr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
17 Are there breast cancer scholarships for children of survivors? Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Possibly: There are scholarships for children whose parents are dealing with, or who have died from, various cancers. Here’s a site that lists some of them: there may well be more than this. Good luck to you. …Read more
Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
18 Experts, might someone recommend nexavar (sorafenib) for a stage 4 inactive neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer patient? Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
Possibly: Stage 4 indicates that you have net at a site distant from the pancreas or regional lymph node, likely the liver. Not clear what you mean by”inactive”, whether you mean it is stable or not secreting any substance. In any case, sorafenib (nexavar) is being tested in metastatic net in clinical trials (http://clinicaltrials.Gov/ct2/show/nct00131911) & (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23475104). …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
19 Will radiation for breast cancer increase my risk for other cancers? Dr. Raj Syal Dr. Syal
Yes: Talk to your doctor about this risk and steps for prevention. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
20 What are some treatments for breast cancer stage iv? Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Systemic therapy: Mainstay therapy for stage IV cancer would be systemic therapy – in the form of chemotherapy or antiestrogen therapy for er+ breast cancer- in the right setting. Palliative radiation or surgical procedure can be given in the right setting i.e. Painful bony metastases, spinal cord compression- to relieve symptoms. Palliative care will be always part of the treatment througout the course of cancer. …Read more
See 1 more doctor answerDr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or …Read more
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)
A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow …Read more
Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author, speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, shares that she’s now breast cancer free after undergoing surgery last week. On November 10th, Lysa had a double mastectomy after receiving the diagnosis of cancer in October. She’s now home and recovering, and so many prayers are continuing to cover her and her family through this time.
On Friday, Lysa wrote on Facebook, “Today my surgeon stood up in my follow up appointment and declared me CANCER FREE! They got it all out and nothing had spread.
I’m so thankful and relieved and deeply moved by the outpouring of prayers that have carried me through the surgery and first week of healing.
I still have a couple of surgeries to go so please keep praying. There were a few complications but hearing “no chemo or radiation needed” makes my complications pale in comparison.
And please keep praying for others still battling through tough stuff by lifting up some of the comments in my last post.
I love you all so much.”
After a battle with illness last summer, undergoing surgery that removed a large section of her colon, and then recently facing divorce with her husband of 25 years, Lysa says that it was hard to even share this recent diagnosis with so many supporters who have continued to pray for her through difficult days.
She announced the diagnosis on her blog, “I’ve sort of dreaded this moment of telling you guys, I really am fine, but I think because I’ve been through so much in the past couple of years…I’ve just kind of been dreading telling you because I think people will think, ‘What in the world?”
Lysa says her time away gave her the opportunity to discover the breast cancer. The tumor was found on a routine mammogram and after a second mammogram, then biopsy, it was confirmed she had cancer.
She also shares these powerful words and a Scripture from Psalms that has carried her through, a reminder for us all who may also be facing hard battles:
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” (Psalm 52:8-9)
“Thank you for your love and prayers these many months since I last posted.
Not one prayer you’ve whispered on behalf of my family has been wasted. God is moving and we are so thankful. Art and I are both praying for a miracle and walking the road to healing.
We are clinging to the promises of God on this journey full of twists and turns, ups and downs. There is often a process God will take people through to prepare us for the Promise.
We are a work in process. And this process is often messy and unpredictable. I don’t know exactly what tomorrow will look like but I do know who I’ll be looking to… the Lord… whose love is unfailing and whose hand is the safest place to entrust my hope.”
May God continue to heal Lysa from this recent surgery and surround her family in His huge peace and care. And may we all keep clinging to the promises of God on this journey of life full of twists and turns.
Photo courtesy: Twitter/Lysa TerKeurst
Surgery is usually the first line of attack against breast cancer. This section explains the different types of breast cancer surgery.
Decisions about surgery depend on many factors. You and your doctor will determine the kind of surgery that’s most appropriate for you based on the stage of the cancer, the “personality” of the cancer, and what is acceptable to you in terms of your long-term peace of mind.
These experts are members of the Breastcancer.org Professional Advisory Board, including more than 70 medical experts in breast cancer-related fields.
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