The announcement of Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s breast cancer has raised questions about her condition and treatment.
Although stage 2 breast cancer is a bit more advanced, it’s still considered one of the earliest stages of breast cancer which makes it less severe.
In today’s world 1 out of 8 women is expected to get breast cancer.
“Stage 2 regardless of what would be the variable of the home or receptive status or biologically receptor cold herd 2 these are highly curable cancers,” said Dr. Fadi Braiteh, medical oncologist, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.
And through surgery it’s most likely curable but there can also be a risk of cancer coming back.
In the last 10 years doctors have learned they can deliver chemotheraphy even before the surgery.
“We personalize the tretament plan to each patient based on the biology and the molecular characteristic of that particular cancer of a patient,” said Dr. Braiteh.
But who is the most at risk when it comes to breast cancer?
A longer life may be to blame.
“With the advance of medicine and technology we’re living longer. The life expectancy of a woman about 100 years ago in the U.S. was less than 50. The life expectancy of a woman in the U.S. today is 88.”
Dr. Braiteh says there is a risk from chemotheraphy that Mayor Goodman face such as hair loss and infection which can be treated.
“At 80 years old, we’re expecting that there is no reason not to have a successful treatment with a combination of chemo to be followed by surgery and maybe radiation.”