Prognosis for Breast Cancer Patients

The prognosis for patients with breast cancer depends on the size of the tumor and the stage of the disease at diagnosis.

Our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living (Summer 2014) reports that practicing yoga may help reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors, according to researchers at The Ohio State University. In a study of 200 breast cancer survivors two months to three years past their last surgical or radiation treatment, researchers found that women who took a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for 12 weeks reported nearly 60 percent less fatigue six months after the class than women who took no yoga.

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer cannot be prevented. Performing monthly breast self-examinations, having regular clinical examinations, and following recommendations regarding mammograms can increase early detection of the disease. Screening may help prevent death from the disease, especially in women over age 50.

Genetic risk for breast cancer can be determined, and patients at high risk may choose preventative measures (e.g., prophylactic mastectomy, prophylactic medication).

Prophylactic mastectomy is the removal of one or both breasts to reduce the risk for breast cancer. This procedure can reduce high risk by 90 percent.

Studies are being conducted to determine if raloxifene (Evista) can effectively reduce the risk for breast cancer.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 14 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015