Breast Cancer

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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Common symptoms reported by people with Breast Cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Breast Cancer

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Breast Cancer (61)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Breast Cancer (47)
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Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Breast Cancer (46)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Breast Cancer (41)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Breast Cancer (29)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Breast Cancer (23)
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Type
Surgery
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Breast Cancer (20)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Breast Cancer (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Breast Cancer (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (10) Breast Cancer (1)

Data from patients with Breast Cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Breast Cancer

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Hair loss Nausea 57 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
Breast Cancer (61)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 13 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Breast Cancer (47)
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Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Skin pain 18 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Breast Cancer (46)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Breast soreness 9 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Breast Cancer (41)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Excessive sweating 26 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Breast Cancer (29)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Weight gain 15 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Breast Cancer (23)
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Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Numbness Axillary Web Syndrome 5 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Breast Cancer (20)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 9 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Breast Cancer (15)
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Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Arthralgia Diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Breast Cancer (13)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (10) Breast Cancer (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Breast Cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Breast Cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 65
30s 185
40s 519
50s 894
60s 681
70+ 198
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 38
30-39 years 87
40-49 years 152
50-59 years 136
60-69 years 53
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

96% Female
4% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Angiosarcoma of the Breast 30
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) 547
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 72
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) 692
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) 177
Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) 55
Paget's Disease of the Nipple 10
Phyllodes Tumor of the Breast 15
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,017
Not Diagnosed 94

These charts show data from Breast Cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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