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

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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
64
Tried for
breast cancer (64)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
49
Tried for
breast cancer (49)
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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
43
Tried for
breast cancer (43)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
breast cancer (30)
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Type
Surgery
How many have tried
26
Tried for
breast cancer (26)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
breast cancer (25)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
16
Tried for
breast cancer (16)
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Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
breast cancer (14)
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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 (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Hair loss Nausea 64 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
breast cancer (64)
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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 (49)
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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 (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Breast soreness 9 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
breast cancer (43)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Excessive sweating 29 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
breast cancer (30)
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Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Numbness Pain 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
breast cancer (26)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Joint pain 14 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
breast cancer (25)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 10 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
breast cancer (16)
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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 (14)
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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 67
30s 193
40s 577
50s 1,005
60s 732
70+ 213
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 37
30-39 years 87
40-49 years 157
50-59 years 137
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) 617
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 76
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) 805
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) 197
Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) 61
Paget's Disease of the Nipple 11
Phyllodes Tumor of the Breast 15
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,241
Not Diagnosed 94

These charts show data from breast cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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