How to Survive Breast Cancer
Over the last few decades, breast cancer has emerged as the second most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is increasingly perpetuating in men. Breast cancer refers to a malignant tissue originating predominantly from the milk ducts and lobules of the breasts, termed as ductal carcinomas and lobular carcinomas respectively.
Guide to survive breast cancer
- If you are over 40 years old, undergo mammography as advised by your doctor. Women diagnosed at early stages are most likely to survive the cancer.
- The cancer treatment may be inclusive of drugs, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiation. Surgery by far, has proved to be the most suited technique to remove the tumour from the breast tissue.
- Opt for surgery to remove cancerous cells in the form of lumps from the breast. Whether or not the doctor will chose to conduct the surgery will depend on the stage of the cancer.
- Undergo radiation therapy to avoid the reoccurrence of cancer, consult your doctor for this process.
- Test to gauge if the cancer is at a suitable stage to undergo hormone therapy. Hormone receptors play a crucial role, as tumours that don’t have hormones receptors are more likely to thrive and spread to other parts of the body. After 5 years, women who tested positive for hormones, 91% survived
- The size, rate of growth and the stage of cancer will determine lifespan of the patient, if detected early; there exist higher chances of surviving breast cancer.
- Use targeted biological therapy to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy
- A person who has survived 5 years post the diagnosis is most likely to live a normal lifespan
- 10 year survival rates are a better yardstick to measure the longevity of women
- Reduced stress levels can help a cancer patient survive even if the cancer has reoccurred.
- Income and education seem to have played a crucial role in determining the lifespan of women. Owing to awareness and availability of income to get regular checkups, women have been diagnosed well in advance to respond to the treatment administered
Stage wise Survival Rate
The stage you are at will help you make an informed decision about your chances of surviving breast cancer. It has been observed that women one stage zero of the cancer have a 93% 5 year survival rate. Correspondingly women on Stage I have an 88% survival rate. On stage IIA, women have 81% chances of a 5 year survival. Stage II B dips the survival rate to 74%, followed by, 67% for Stage IIIA, 41% for IIIB and 49% for III C. The lowest 5 year survival rate is 15% for Stage IV.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 13, 2011
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