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
106
Tried for
breast cancer (106)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
55
Tried for
breast cancer (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
53
Tried for
breast cancer (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
52
Tried for
breast cancer (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Axillary lymph node clearance)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
41
Tried for
breast cancer (41)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
28
Tried for
breast cancer (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
breast cancer (27)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Femara)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
breast cancer (15)
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 (62 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue hair loss 75 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
breast cancer (106)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization breast soreness 13 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
breast cancer (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Image Guided Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (27 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue burn 19 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
breast cancer (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Bilateral mastectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization pain 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
breast cancer (52)
Treatment name(s)

(Axillary lymph node clearance)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (12 evaluations)
Side effects
limited range of motion numbness 12 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
breast cancer (41)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization pain 10 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
breast cancer (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Arimidex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (16 evaluations)
Side effects
hot flashes joint pain 13 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
breast cancer (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Nolvadex)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 26 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
breast cancer (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Femara)
Perceived effectiveness
for breast cancer (10 evaluations)
Side effects
joint pain diarrhea 10 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
breast cancer (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) fluid retention (edema) 1 more
Total evaluations
29
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 867
50s 1726
60s 1561
70+ 541

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 141
Female 4998

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Angiosarcoma of the breast 48
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) 1232
HER2-positive breast cancer 171
Hormone-receptor positive breast cancer 311
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) 137
Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) 1806
Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) 385
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) 122
Paget's disease of the nipple 25
Phyllodes tumor of the breast 19
Triple negative breast cancer 133
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4161
Not Diagnosed 140

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