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Breast Cancer Treatment

Is there a cure for breast cancer?

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  • Some types of breast cancer can be cured. One of the most curable types is also one of the most common: ductal carcinoma in situ, or breast cancer that is limited to the milk ducts. Twenty to 30 percent of all breast cancer cases are this type, and it can almost always be cured.

    However, there are several types and stages of breast cancer, and some arenapos;t as curable. If breast cancer has spread past the breast and lymph nodes, it can seldom be cured. Still, most women with this type of breast cancer survive two years or more, and some survive up to 20 years with treatment.

  • AStuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered

    There are often cures for breast cancer when diagnosed early. Infiltrative ductal carcinoma or breast cancer that is limited to the milk duct region have a higher rate of cure. Infiltrative lobular carcinoma has a lesser rate of cure as it is often found in bilateral breasts. When breast cancer spreads beyond the lymph nodes it can metastasize to bone, liver, lung and brain. It may be difficult to cure as it has become completely metastatic. Small tumors that are diagnosed early have a higher rate of cure in which lumpectomies, axillary lymph node dissection, and radiation can be performed.

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