Breast cancer recurrence
Breast cancer recurrence is the term used to describe the return of breast cancer following primary treatment such as surgery with or without adjuvant therapy such as hormonal treatment. Cancer can return either in the same place as the original tumor or somewhere else in the body.
Local recurrence occurs in the breast where the cancer first started or in the skin and underlying tissues of the breast where the cancer first started. This type of breast cancer recurrence can happen even if you've had a mastectomy.
Regional recurrence occurs in the lymph nodes near the affected breast. These regional lymph nodes include nodes found under the arm (axillary nodes), below and above the collarbone, and in the chest wall.
Distant recurrence occurs in other parts of the body, such as the bones, liver, lungs, or brain.
Learning about your diagnosis of breast cancer and available treatment options may help you to make decisions about your care. The first step in the learning process begins with talking to your doctor. Every woman is different. What a doctor recommends for one woman may not be right for another. Developing a list of questions to ask is a good step toward addressing concerns and getting information.
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FASLODEX is a prescription medicine used to treat hormone receptor-positive breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause whose disease has spread after treatment with antiestrogen medicine.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: You should not receive FASLODEX if you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in FASLODEX. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to FASLODEX may include itching, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, or trouble breathing.
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