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Old 12-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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Is breast cancer a more aggressive cancer than prostrate cancer

I think they are the same cancer as there both adenocarcinoma. Except that I have read that in the prostrate adenocarcinoma grows more slowly due to the aliline environment of the prostrate what do you think

 
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Re: Is breast cancer a more aggressive cancer than prostrate cancer

Adenocarcinoma refers to any cancer originating in any epithelial glandular tissue. There are many different kinds of epithelial glandular tissue in our bodies -- all very different, in which different genes and proteins are active. It also includes colon cancers, lung cancers, pancreatic cancers, and many more.

Aggressiveness has more to do with how well differentiated it is. The more it looks like the ductal or glandular tissue it came from, the less it is able to survive outside its original environment, and the less aggressive it is. Highly undifferentiated cells are like stem cells and can metastasize and grow outside of the gland. They may grow and divide quickly and establish their own blood supply.

All of these cancers may be symptomless in early stages and reach the undifferentiated stage without being noticed. Some, like prostate and breast cancers, may be hormone responsive in some of their types or stages. Others do not depend on hormones for growth.

It is true that once they reach the stage where they metastasize and become hormone refractory, they are all pretty similar in appearance. In fact, it may be difficult to ascertain where the primary tumor originated in some cases.

 
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Re: Is breast cancer a more aggressive cancer than prostrate cancer

Hi Billsley, and welcome to the board!

I'm responding to your original post, to which Allen has already covered some key information. You wrote:


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I think they are the same cancer as there both adenocarcinoma. Except that I have read that in the prostrate adenocarcinoma grows more slowly due to the aliline environment of the prostrate what do you think
That business about an alkaline environment accounging for slow growth is may or may not be true, but, according to the doctors I follow closely who are leading experts, attempts to alter our alkaline balance with food are not going to produce the results we want.

However, there are other lifestyle tactics, involving diet/nutrition/supplements, exercise and stress reduction that do seem to help and which have considerable support from medical research studies.

Jim

 
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Re: Is breast cancer a more aggressive cancer than prostrate cancer

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I think they are the same cancer as there both adenocarcinoma. Except that I have read that in the prostrate adenocarcinoma grows more slowly due to the aliline environment of the prostrate what do you think
Hi Billsley,

When we say that a cancer is aggressive we mean it on the parameter that it grows quicker and metastasizes. That is a condition of “High Risk” advanced disease which in the majority of the cases leads to death.
Doctors qualify the aggressiveness of a cancer considering the time it takes from recurrence (after diagnosis/treatment) to metastasis. In this respect, breast cancer is more aggressive than prostate cancer on a scale of 4 times quicker, therefore a shorter life expectancy.
Hopefully both breast and prostate cancers are diagnosed the earliest so that they can be put under control before metastasizing.

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