NCBI Bookshelf. If 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.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer recurrence? What are the chances of breast cancer coming back? Coping with worries about recurrence.
Thanks to improvements in breast cancer treatment over the past several decades, the end of treatment for many women means their cancer is gone. A successful end to treatment can be both stressful and exciting. This is very common among people who have had cancer.
No matter your diagnosis or treatment status, every person who has been diagnosed with cancer has a common concern: what if my cancer comes back? It's a large and complicated topic, due to the wide variety of ways cancer works in the body, as well as the unpredictability of the disease. We spoke with Anne Schott, M.
Recurrent breast cancer is breast cancer that comes back after initial treatment. Although the initial treatment is aimed at eliminating all cancer cells, a few may have evaded treatment and survived. These undetected cancer cells multiply, becoming recurrent breast cancer.
A breast cancer recurrence, or "recurrent breast cancer," is cancer that has come back in the same or opposite breast or chest wall after a period of time when the cancer couldn't be detected. During surgery to remove an original diagnosis of breast cancer lumpectomy or mastectomythe surgeon removes all the cancer that can be seen and felt. But tests for cancer aren't sensitive enough to detect tiny groups of cancer cells that may be left over after surgery.
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The return of breast cancer after a period of remission, referred to as a recurrenceoccurs when cancer cells remain after treatment despite best efforts to eradicate them. These lingering cells can often remain dormant for years and, for reasons not entirely understood, suddenly start to multiply. A recurrence may develop in the same area as the first malignancy, in the opposite breast, or in some other part of the body.