Question posed by Branndi Lewis: what percent of breast cancer treatment goes to doctors?

Say for example when someone undergoes chemotherapy, what percent or about how much will their doctor profit from that one patients medical bill?

Top answer:

Answer by Denisedds
I don’t understand your question. Are you asking:
What percentage of treatment is given to patients who are physicians?
What percentage of the treatment is given by physicians?
What?

If you know better then please let us know below.

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freecancerspecialist asked:


Breast cancer is curable in early stages of disease. Once advanced- this opportunity if lost. However, majority of women treated for breast cancer in India come to hospitals for treatment of their breast cancer, only when the disease has advanced. WHY??
Indian surgeons and oncologists have the capability to cure breast cancer, even without sacrificing the breast for that- as par with best hospitals and doctors in the world. However, with this kind of late stage presentation, the doctors feel frustated, and patients do not have as good chance of cure

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Mom with breast cancer?

jwalka27 asked:


I know there are different types of breast cancer and I dont know what kind my mom has but she told me they found it early so I dont have anything to worry about and all this stuff. But I was wondering what the different stages there are and what stage do you think she has, I know shes had a lot of doctors appointments and had surgery. I also want to know how survivable each stage is and how long it would take to cure?

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lilpuney99 asked:


im a male and 13 and i heard its rarely unheard of but im a little afraid to go to doctors and finding out i have breast cancer. can you tell me any type of affects that can happen to be certain you have it? like pain, lump, ect.

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I am 38 years old and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 14 months ago: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, stage 2, one positive lymph node (sentinel lymph node), ER/PR+, HER-2 -, BRCA2+. I have completed chemotherapy, had three surgeries, radiation treatment and have been to hell and back. When I was diagnosed, I was told that I could expect a difficult year to come. That’s it – difficult. Not many details, and certainly no one informed me of potential side effects or complications. It has been a frustrating road, but I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel now, 14 months later.

I am no expert, nor am I a doctor. Just a cancer patient wanting to help others in my shoes….

I started chemotherapy about two and a half months after diagnosis (because I had surgery right away, a lumpectomy, then I had to pack up my house and move across country — a job transfer that came about just a couple of weeks before my diagnosis). I received AC (adriamycin & cytoxan), also known as “red death” first. I was warned about the usual side effects, such as nausea, hair loss, fatigue. When they told me I would be fatigued I though, “I have two kids under 3, I KNOW FATIGUE, no big deal.” I could not have been more wrong – fatigue from chemo is nothing like the fatigue of having two babies 18 months apart!

The first thing I learned around this time which I had never been told about: WEIGHT GAIN. I always thought/assumed chemo made people loose weight. After all, that’s what you see in the movies, right? I had a small hope that at least if I have to go through this hell, I’d finally take off those last remaining pounds of baby weight. I could not have been more wrong. I asked my doctor why I was gaining weight. I was told that is true that weight loss is associated with most cancers — OTHER than Breast Cancer! Great! Wham – I’m 30 pounds heavier with no clothes that fit me and a huge disgust for myself and my appearance. Do I really need to have body image issue on top of it all? No. Apparently the weight gain is from steroids that they pump into you with the chemo to help with side effects and chemo makes your body basically go into menopause – or “chemopause” as some call it – which involves a slow down of metabolism and, thus, weight gain!

Well, I survived chemotherapy, thirty pounds heavier. Next step was more surgery. Since I had my initial surgery so quickly after diagnosis because I had to pack my home to move, I results of my genetic testing had not yet been received. The results ended up being positive; I carried the BRCA2 gene mutation. This meant I had a high risk of recurrence in the same breast AND in the other breast. I was also at a high risk for developing ovarian cancer. Thus my decision, after moving and after chemotherapy, to undergo a bilateral mastectomy and reduce my risk of recurrence by 95% – 99%. I also decided that I would eventually have an Oopherectomy to remove my ovaries & tubes. That decision was a no-brainer, since Ovarian cancer is known as the “silent killer” because it’s often not detected until it is late-stage. I had my two beautiful daughters and had my tubes tied after the second because I knew I didn’t want more than kids. So about five weeks after chemo ended, I underwent surgery. I chose to have the bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction using fat/tissue from my abdomen (tram flap). My plastic surgeon had told me that if there was any chance I would be receiving radiation therapy, he would not give me implants, so I went with the tram flap option.

The second thing no one told me to expect: after the initial few weeks of recuperation, I would not look anywhere near normal. I thought I’d have the surgery, heal for a few weeks and then have a flatter belly and nice, new, perky *****. Wrong! I had (still have, 6 months after surgery) new pouches of fat on my hips where the hip-to-hip incision was placed – I was told is was due to the skin being pulled down and reattached together. “Don’t worry”, my plastic surgeon says all the time, “I’ll fix anything that’s not perfect”. I believe him (mostly because I will MAKE him fix me)! Also, the ***** are not so perky and they kind of wrap around to my side a little – ew! Again, he says he’ll fix anything that’s not perfect. Ok, and I’ll hold him to that, but why the hell didn’t he, or his staff, tell me what to expect. Sure, I could have asked more questions, but I had no idea what to ask!

The decision whether or not to go through radiation therapy is a whole other story. Suffice it to say I did receive radiation therapy. It’s five days a week, which is the only difficult thing about it. What was difficult is what came after…

The third thing no one bothered to tell me: A lot of cancer patients, due to weakened immune systems, develop Shingles. Had I been told this, I would have sought medical attention right away when the sore spots in my armpit began to welt! I thought it was just my radiation wounds healing – so did my Oncologist. It got worse. I began getting what seemed to be bites down my arm to my elbow – they itched like MAD! I got on the computer one night at 3am and went back to bed around 5am convinced that I either had bed bugs or scabies! A week and a half later I saw my Radiation Oncologist for a follow up and she took one look and immediately told me I had Shingles. I was relieved it wasn’t scabies! I had no pain, just itching so I thought it wasn’t too bad. She started me on medicine and I started researching. I found out that Shingles is best treated when you start the medicine within 72 hours of the rash showing up – DAMN! See? Had someone somewhere along the road told me of the possibility of getting Shingles I’m convinced I would have sought treatment for them right away. Now I’ve had them for 6 weeks and it has been a horrible, horrible experience – they itch enough to drive you mad – really, truly, insane mad! That’s not even the worst of it – I woke up one morning after about a month of having this rash and my body hurt all over and I had swelling in my armpit the size of a tennis ball. I went to the ER and ended up confined in the hospital for a week with a bad Staph infection!

Just when I though the cancer “treatment” was over, more problems got piled on to my plate and the journey continued. I truly hope this information helps other cancer patients. One of the main lessons I have learned is to seek second opinion, and third and fourth. Especially when strange things start happening, like unexplained rashes and such. Not all doctors know everything. The saga continues … you can read more details about my saga and where I’m at now at the link below.

By: Lily Rose

About the Author:
Read more of my journey through breast cancer treatment here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Things-The-Doctors-Dont-Tell-You-During-Breast-Cancer-Treatment.

My favorite online resources relating to breast cancer are listed here: http://hubpages.com/hub/BreastCancerInfo.

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RobertG asked:


I think all this time spent training women to get periodic mammograms to catch breast cancer is going the wayside at the same time as they are trying to push a healthcare bill that the government will have to pay for. I know women who have found breast cancer with mammograms in their 40s. This crap about waiting til 50 sounds like a terrible idea and I am disgusted that so many doctors are behind it. Anyone have a more informed insight?

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Breast Cancer?

Sam asked:


A friend of my mom’s just got diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s kind of lost and doesnt know what to do next. She doesnt have insurance and her doctor doesnt accept medicare so its $375 per visit. She doesnt know where to go and what doctors to see. Can anyone please help?

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breast cancer?

Shlane asked:


ok i was watching Scrubs, I know it’s not a reliable source but i had to ask…one patient was having pain in her aoreole [i assume it's the nipple] and the “doctor” said it was breast cancer…is there a link between pain in the aoreole and breast cancer? i’m asking because well my left nipple is hurting me but i’m about to have my period also
i’ve been having shooting pains but i think it’s related with underwire in my bras…i have a phobia of doctors and needles, i’m seeking therapy, once i get over it i’ll go see a doctor

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Youg women with breast cancer.

Wilsey29 asked:


Michelle Wilsey is a 29-year-old woman who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She recently had a double mascetomy and will be undergoing chemo therapy and radiation this summer. Michelle was told by doctors that the lump she felt in her breast COULD NOT be breast cancer because she was healthy, young and had no history of breast caner, but after insisting that doctor’s due the tests, Michelle was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in April 2008. Michelle’s life has changed dramatically …

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