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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with breast cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
breast cancer (94)
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
49
Tried for
breast cancer (49)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
48
Tried for
breast cancer (48)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Axillary lymph node clearance)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
37
Tried for
breast cancer (37)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Nolvadex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
breast cancer (25)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
24
Tried for
breast cancer (24)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (59 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue hair loss 74 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
breast cancer (94)
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (22 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue burn 18 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
breast cancer (49)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization breast soreness 13 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
breast cancer (48)
Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization pain 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
breast cancer (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Axillary lymph node clearance)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (11 evaluations)
Side effects
limited range of motion numbness 11 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
breast cancer (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (17 evaluations)
Side effects
hot flashes joint pain 13 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
breast cancer (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (14 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 22 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
breast cancer (25)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization pain 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
breast cancer (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (8 evaluations)
Side effects
joint pain diarrhea 9 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
breast cancer (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fluid retention (edema)
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (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 78
30s 280
40s 830
50s 1777
60s 1658
70+ 614

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 157
Female 5168

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Angiosarcoma of the breast 50
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 1247
HER2-positive breast cancer 196
Hormone-receptor positive breast cancer 344
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) 138
Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) 1843
Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) 393
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) 123
Paget's disease of the nipple 26
Phyllodes tumor of the breast 19
Triple negative breast cancer 143
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4250
Not Diagnosed 146

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