February 2018 Ask the Expert: Recurrence
At our November 2017 Breast Cancer 360, Keeping Cancer at Bay: What Researchers Are Learning About Recurrence; and our December 2017 webinar, Living With the Unknown: Coping With Fear of Recurrence, people who attended the programs had more questions than our experts had time to answer.
For this month’s Ask the Expert, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE, who spoke at the Breast Cancer 360, will answer questions we missed during those two programs, as well as your new questions about recurrence, such as what role tumor cells play, what determines a person’s risk of recurrence, lifestyle changes that can lower that risk, and how to manage your fear of recurrence.
If you have questions about recurrence, ask our expert today.
We will answer as many questions as possible, but we cannot answer all questions submitted. We will post answers on an ongoing basis throughout February. Submit your questions now and check back here for updates.
We captured two short videos from our November 360 that offer the basics on two issues Dr. DeMichele discussed that night and about which she will answer questions during this program. In the first video, Dr. DeMichele explains circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, and disseminated tumor cells, or DTCs. These are very tiny cells that can break off a breast cancer tumor and enter the bloodstream or find safe haven in the bone to fall asleep for a long time, sometimes forever. In the second video, Dr. DeMichele explains the steps to take part in SURMOUNT and CLEVER, clinical trials that study how early-stage breast cancer recurs and treatments that may prevent metastasis. She reviews the medicines used in the CLEVER trial: hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and everolimus (Afinitor).
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