Signs of breast cancer recurrence

Signs of breast cancer recurrence 5

Signs of breast cancer recurrence

Although the initial treatment aims to remove all the cancer cells.

According to master, doctor Nguyen Do Thuy Giang (Head of Breast Surgery Department, Tam Anh General Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City), cancer can recur in the same location as the original cancer (local recurrence) or can spread.

Signs and symptoms of recurrent breast cancer vary depending on the location and extent of the recurrent lesion.

Local recurrence: Local recurrence is when cancer reappears in the same area as the original cancer.

Signs and symptoms of recurrence after extensive lumpectomy include: new lumps in the breast or areas of uneven firmness, changes in breast skin, dermatitis or redness of the skin, and nipple discharge.

Breast cancer recurs in the same location as the original tumor or spreads to other areas.

Regional recurrence: Regional recurrence is cancer that has recurred in regional lymph nodes on the same side as the original breast cancer, including: axillary lymph nodes or upper and subclavian lymph nodes or internal mammary nodes (inside the chest).

Distant recurrences – distant metastases: The most common distant recurrences – distant metastases are bones, liver and lungs, and contralateral regional lymph nodes (such as axillary or supraclavicular or subclavian lymph nodes, mediastinal or intrathoracic lymph nodes).

Recurrent breast cancer occurs when cells that were part of your original breast cancer break away from the original tumor and hide nearby in the breast or in another part of the body.

Chemotherapy, biologics, radiation therapy, endocrine therapy, or other treatment you received after your first breast cancer diagnosis is intended to kill any cancer cells that remain after surgery.

Dr. Thuy Giang added that cancer cells can lie dormant for many years without causing harm.

Risk factors for breast cancer recurrence include: age (younger than 35 years old at the time of initial breast cancer diagnosis);

There are also other risk factors such as: detection of cancer in lymph nodes with lymph node metastasis at the time of initial diagnosis;

After completing breast cancer treatment, patients are periodically re-examined and monitored according to the severity of the disease and endocrine treatment.

You can share any new signs or symptoms with your doctor before your regular check-up.

Duc Nguyen

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