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Recurrent non-metastatic breast cancer

When breast cancer comes back it is often more frightening than the first time it was diagnosed. But even if it does come back, there are still treatment options. It is often possible to remove the new tumor and prevent the cancer from spreading further. Daily help and support can be important in maintaining a good quality of life.Breast cancer is the uncontrollable growth of new tissue that starts in the mammary gland and then spreads. If breast cancer comes back after having beaten the disease once, that usually means that some cancer cells managed to remain inside the body despite treatment, and that they have started to grow again. This can happen years or even decades after the first illness. Breast cancer can also sometimes form distant metastatic tumors in other parts of the body.If there is a local recurrence, a new tumor grows in the breast that was already affected by cancer. If the breast was removed, the new tumor may start growing on the chest wall or in the skin above it. “Locoregional” means that cancer cells have also spread to tissue surrounding the breast, for example in the skin, the armpit or around the collar bone. The tumor may also have spread to neighboring lymph nodes or blood vessels. If a tumor grows in the previously healthy breast, it is considered to be a new, different tumor.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: September 27, 2012

Breast cancer: Overview

Being diagnosed with breast cancer often makes people feel very frightened and anxious. It is helpful to know that if you get breast cancer for the first time and it has not spread to other parts of the body, there’s a good chance that treatment will lead to a full recovery nowadays. Also, there are many options for getting support in daily life, returning to work or coping with the emotional and psychological aspects of the disease.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: March 9, 2017

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011
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Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of breast cancer during pregnancy.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 5, 2017

Breast Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive breast cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 5, 2017

Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of metastatic cancer that has spread from an unidentified primary tumor.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: March 6, 2017

Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of childhood rhabdomyosarcoma.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: March 6, 2017

Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice

This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice – and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners.

Hammersmith Press.

Version: 2008
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