How you might feel Anyone who has had breast cancer in one breast has a slightly higher risk of developing a new primary breast cancer. A new breast cancer A second primary diagnosis refers to a new cancer. How is a second primary breast cancer diagnosed? A second primary breast cancer may happen in the same breast after breast-conserving surgery or, more commonly, in the other breast.
Diagnosis of second breast cancer events after initial diagnosis of early stage breast cancer
When Breast Cancer Comes Back
The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at Breast Cancer Res Treat See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Abstract To examine whether there are any characteristics of women or their initial tumors that might be useful for tailoring surveillance recommendations to optimize outcomes. We calculated rates per 1, women years of recurrences and second breast primaries relative to demographics, risk factors, and characteristics of initial diagnosis: stage, treatment, mode of initial diagnosis. Women with a family history or greater breast density had higher second primary rates, and women who received breast conserving surgery without radiation had higher recurrence rates. Roughly one-third of recurrences Initial mode of diagnosis was a predictor of second events after adjusting for age, stage, primary treatment, and breast density.
Survival Rates Much Better if Second Cancer Detected Early
Coping with a breast cancer recurrence 1. When breast cancer has come back after treatment, known as recurrence , people often ask what their prognosis or outlook is. Worried about breast cancer returning? Local recurrence prognosis If breast cancer has come back in the chest or breast area, in the skin near the original site or scar, or if it has been a long time since you first had treatment, then the cancer can often be successfully treated. Some breast cancer specialists believe that a local recurrence does not mean that the cancer is more likely to spread in the future.
These women also are at risk of the original cancer coming back recurrence. Researchers looked at the medical records of 1, women in Florence, Italy who were diagnosed and successfully treated for early-stage breast cancer. The timing is important because many of the women received breast cancer treatment more than 20 years ago, when diagnosis, treatment, and prevention techniques for new and recurrent breast cancer weren't as good as they are today. The women were followed for an average of 14 years after their first breast cancer diagnosis.