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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Overview)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or the lobules (milk-producing glands).


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How does having breast carcinoma change things?

How does having breast carcinoma change things?

Life-changer: I think that every person who is diagnosed with any type of cancer goes thru that initial "shock" which can be overwhelming. However, most (breast) cancers can be readily treated, and many cured. The best thing to do is to aggressively seek out medical info and try to "take control" of the disease, rather than the other way around. In time, one will hopefully get back to their normal lives. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
1,061 Doctors shared insights

Breast Carcinoma (Overview)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or the lobules (milk-producing glands).


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What are the symptoms of breast carcinoma?

What are the symptoms of breast carcinoma?

None: Breast cancer does not usually cause symptoms. It can be a palpable mess or just an abnormal finding on the mammogram. It depends on the size. Aim is usually not a characteristic finding unless a large mass is palpable. ...Read more

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Breast carcinoma (Tip)

If you have had a hysterectomy - using estrogen alone can decrease breast cancer risk. ...See more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Is breast bruising a sign of breast cancer?

Is breast bruising a sign of breast cancer?

No: Pain, a lump, nipple discharge or bleeding are signs of breast cancer. Bruising is not. ...Read more

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If you get breast carcinoma, how do you feel?

If you get breast carcinoma, how do you feel?

Initially no symptom: A breast cancer can grow for about 8 to 10 years before it reaches 1 centimeter in diameter - about 3/8's of an inch. A breast cancer that size would likely have no symptoms at all, and would be unlikely to be detected on a breast exam by you or your doctor. However, a breast cancer could show up on a mammogram years before it reaches even 1 centimeter in size. Do your mammograms as recommended. ...Read more

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Breast carcinoma (Tip)

Weight gain of 20 pounds or more after the age of 18 may increase your risk of breast cancer. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Just diagnosed with breast carcinoma. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Just diagnosed with breast carcinoma. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Not in 400 words: Write down your questions and go back to your doctor. If he/she is not kind and supportive find another doc. It is important that you understand. Susan love's breast book is a little out of date but is well written. See if your hospital has a library that you can use for additional help. Be careful of what "friends" tell you. Advice may be worth what you pay for it! ...Read more

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What are the tests for breast carcinoma?

What are the tests for breast carcinoma?

Mammogram/ultrasound: The main tests used to evaluate for breast cancer are digital mammograms and breast ultrasound. If there is any abnormality or palpable lump, a core or fine needle biopsy is performed.
Other tests used to help: mri, bsgi, pem.
Your physician and radiologist will determine which tests are best for each individual. ...Read more

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Breast carcinoma (Tip)

Proper diet, proper sleep & proper exercise can reduce your risk for breast cancer. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
Once
If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

Inflammatory: Inflammatory breast carcinoma can cause rednes, swelling and thickening of the breast skin. Other types of breast cancer may also invade the subcutaneous or dermal tissue resulting in thickening of the skin. There are also noncancerous causes for skin thickening. Definitely breast evaluation by a breast care specialist is advisable.. ...Read more

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Breast carcinoma (Tip)

Having more children does decrease your risk for breast cancer. ...See more

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Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

Chart reads breast cancer (HCC) (worded exactly). What does the HCC mean? Is it only Hepatocellular carcinoma?

I don't know: It is probably a local abbreviation that means something; was it perhaps diagnosed at Harvard Cancer Center? As eager as we are to answer, this is the wrong place to bring a question like this. ...Read more

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Is stage 2 breast cancer treatable with radiation and chemo, or will I need surgery?

You will need all: Breast cancer in stage 2 still needs a lumpectomy and nodal evaluation which is surgery. Afterward chemo and radiation is often recommended. ...Read more

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Breast carcinoma (Tip)

Getting the full program of 13 mammograms reduces your risk of dying of breast cancer by 15%. ...See more

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Are there different types of medications used for to treat breast cancer? What are the differences?

Yes! Many!: Some drugs kill dividing cells (chemotherapy), block estrogen (hormone therapy), or target individual cancer cells (biologic therapy). They can be given by vein, by mouth, or injected into a muscle. Your oncologist chooses the medication based on your specific type of breast cancer. Ask your doctor how the medicine works and what side effects to expect. It's great that you're interested! ...Read more

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What can I expect if I've been diagnosed/treated for breast carcinoma in situ?

What can I expect if I've been diagnosed/treated for breast carcinoma in situ?

Should be fine: You will need to have a surgery to remove the breast carcinoma in situ. In addition to that -if you have a lumpectomy- you would need to get an a radiation therapy following the surgery to reduce risk for recurrence and tamoxifen would be recommended to take for 5 years. You should have a mammogram yearly basis and self breast examination is recommended. Prognosis is good as it is not invasive. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more