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)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Breast Cancer (43)
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Treatment name(s)

(Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants))
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Breast Cancer (40)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Breast Cancer (35)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Breast Cancer (33)
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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
22
Tried for
Breast Cancer (22)
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Type
Surgery
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Breast Cancer (14)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Breast Cancer (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Breast Cancer (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (9) Breast Cancer (1)

Data from patients with Breast Cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments taken by people with Breast Cancer

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 12 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Breast Cancer (43)
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Treatment name(s)

(Brachytherapy (Internal Seed Implants))
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Skin pain 17 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Breast Cancer (40)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Hair loss Diarrhea 34 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Breast Cancer (35)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization General Body Pain 4 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Breast Cancer (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Excessive sweating 21 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Breast Cancer (29)
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Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Hot flashes Weight gain 14 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Breast Cancer (22)
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Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Axillary Web Syndrome Incision tenderness 4 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Breast Cancer (14)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Pain 6 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Breast Cancer (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Perceived effectiveness
for Breast Cancer (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Arthralgia Hair loss 1 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Breast Cancer (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (9) Breast Cancer (1)

Data from patients with Breast Cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Breast Cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 64
30s 157
40s 342
50s 629
60s 470
70+ 158

Sex

Distribution of sex

95% Female
5% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 36
30-39 years 79
40-49 years 134
50-59 years 125
60-69 years 43
70+ years 7

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Angiosarcoma of the Breast 20
Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) 347
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 52
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) 363
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) 114
Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) 31
Paget's Disease of the Nipple 5
Phyllodes Tumor of the Breast 8
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,371
Not Diagnosed 84

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