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Characteristics of Early-Stage Breast Cancer That Make It More Likely to Come Back

Chirag Shah, MD, talks about the differences between local/regional and distant/metastatic recurrence and the characteristics of early-stage breast cancer that increase risk of recurrence.
Jan 22, 2020
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In this podcast, Dr. Shah talks about specific characteristics of early-stage breast cancer that make the cancer more likely to come back, which doctors call recurrence.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Shah discuss:

  • the difference between local/regional recurrence and metastatic/distant recurrence

  • the characteristics of early-stage breast cancer that make the risk of recurrence higher

Editor’s Note: Please know that Dr. Shah does point out that more research is needed on how diet, alcohol use, and smoking affect recurrence risk because current data are inconsistent. His ultimate point is that a survivorship care plan, which includes monitoring, is the most important tool we have beyond following your treatment plan to reduce the risk of recurrence. A survivorship care plan includes:

  • monitoring for and managing long-term physical and emotional side effects

  • guidance about diet, exercise, and health-promoting activities

  • resources to help with financial and insurance issues

  • surveillance

About the guest
 
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Chirag Shah, MD

Dr. Chirag Shah is a radiation oncologist and director of breast radiation and clinical research in the department of radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic. His primary research interests are breast cancer, sarcoma, and innovative radiation treatment schedules, as well as lymphedema. He has participated in numerous clinical trials.

— Last updated on June 29, 2022, 2:46 PM

 
 
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