Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer today are in the early stages of the disease.

Breast CancerSurvival rates for these patients continue to improve while doctors are able to do less and less therapy to achieve those results. Early detection plays a large part. When Dr. Coral Quiet sees an early stage breast cancer patient, she readily assures them that their chances for survival are extremely favorable. “I can reassure them that the odds are well in their favor that they will be long term survivors and will do it with minimal, if any impact on their overall quality of life,” Dr. Quiet asserts. “That, I think, is the most reassuring piece of news I can tell somebody.”

Here, Dr. Coral discusses the breast cancer survival rates further.

Dr. Coral A. Quiet, M.D.: Today, the vast majority of women are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. When I see those women in the office, every one of them wants to know will I survive.

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thought that runs through her mind and her family’s first thought is, “am I going to survive?” That is where early detection has really come in because we have seen survival rates continuing to improve with us being able to do less and less therapy to achieve those results.

So most of the women I see, I can readily assure that yes, their chances for survival are extremely favorable. We don’t have a crystal ball to know the future for anybody, we never have. But I can reassure them that the odds are well in their favor that they will be long term survivors and will do it with minimal, if any impact on their overall quality of life. That, I think, is the most reassuring piece of news I can tell somebody.

Coral Quiet
Dr. Coral Quiet is a radiation oncologist that has specialized in breast cancer since she was a resident. She has since pioneered a new device, SAVI, which is able to treat many more women with early stage breast cancer while avoiding high dose to skin and ribs. Dr. Quiet was voted the "#1 Top Doc" in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 issue for Radiation Oncology by Phoenix Magazine.