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What type of breast cancer do I have?

What type of breast cancer do I have?

Pathology: Although the two most common types of invasive breast cancer are "ductal" and "lobular", there are many less common varieties. However, the most important features are not necessarily the type of breast cancer, but the size, lymph node status, presence/absence of metastatic disease and hormonal/her-2 status of the tumor. ...Read more

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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


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What type of ovarian cancer do I have?

What type of ovarian cancer do I have?

Depends on your path: You should discuss your pathology with your doctor. There are different types of ovarian cancer including: borderline tumors (tumors of low malignany potential) and epithelial tumors (papillary serous, mucinous and endometrioid, clear cell, transitional cell, undifferentiated), for example. ...Read more

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What kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

What kind of thyroid cancer do I have?

Depends: There are 4 types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular/hurthle cell, medullary and anaplastic. Papillary is most common (75% of all thyroid cancer) so if you have thyroid cancer, this's probably what you have. Anaplastic is very aggressive and is deadly, so you most likely do not have this one. The only way to know is through a thyroid biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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I am scared that i may have colon cancer or some type of bowel cancer. What do you recommend?

I am scared that i may have colon cancer or some type of bowel cancer. What do you recommend?

Some tests: You don't mention symptoms, but a good start would be a test for occult blood and a cytology exam of the stool. These are very simple tests and are done on an out-patient basis. This may lead to further testing/scans. Seek an exam/consultation with a qualified professional to begin the process. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

It depends: The risk of breast cancer depends on multiple variables like family history, age, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

Squamous, Melanomas: Vulvar malignancies are more rare than some cancers and usually arise from skin (squamous cell) or pigment skin cells (malignant melanoma). The squamous carcinoma is commonly related to the human papilloma virus (hpv) #16. The hpv virus is usually transmitted by sexual contact. Treatment can include biopsy, sometimes surgical removal, freezing, lasar, other methods and evaluation for metastasis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have any type of cancer growing in my body right now?

How do I know if I have any type of cancer growing in my body right now?

You don't know: You don't know. That is why i recommend you -while you are young- to have a healthy life style, avoid bad habits like smoking, alcohol, illegal substances etc; to keep active, regular exercise, well and healthy balance diet, and update your age approrpiate cancer screening test. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some signs of breast cancer?

I was wondering what are some signs of breast cancer?

Many: Presence of a new lump, an area of unusual thickening, new changes in the nipple such as retraction, inversion, ulceration or discharge, skin changes such as thickening, redness, dimpling, breast swelling, enlarged nodes in the axilla are all signs to raise concerns and need to be evaluated by a health care provider. Mammogram or other breast imaging may also detect findings suggestive of cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have some symptoms of breast cancer but I'm young?

What to do if I have some symptoms of breast cancer but I'm young?

See a doctor: You need to be properly evaluated. Cancer is rare at your age but certainly not unheard of. Do it soon. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cervical cancer? What are the physical symptoms of cervical cancer?

How do I know if I have cervical cancer? What are the physical symptoms of cervical cancer?

Mostly asymptomatic: Early abnormal cervical changes rarely cause symptoms. Thus, a regular pap smear is recommended for early detection. In later stages, abnormal vaginal bleeding , menstrual cycle that is difficult to explain, bleeding with contact (during intercourse or with diaphragm), pain during sex, vaginal discharge. Best to contact your gynecologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I don't have a family history of cancer but i was worried about whether I have colorectal cancer. So what are my chances of getting colorectal cancer?

I don't have a family history of cancer but i was worried about whether I have colorectal cancer. So what are my chances of getting colorectal cancer?

Under age: 50, about 4/100, 000. After age 50, it goes up sharply. Unless you have ulcerative colitis, multiple polyps, or any condition that increases your chances, you don't need to have a conlonscopy until age 50. ...Read more

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How to know if I have early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

How to know if I have early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

Get a Mammogram: The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends getting a baseline mamogram by age 40. Please see your physician for a breast check and bilateral mammograms. Breast cancer is usually silent with no signs/symptoms. Some women do have a palpable lump which is often not painful. Any bloody nipple discharge or any lump should be further evaluted with imaging and by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything i can do to lower the chances of getting it?

I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything i can do to lower the chances of getting it?

High risk program: It is important to know which members of your family are affected. This will determine if brca genetic testing is needed. I recommend you find a high risk program at a breast center to get a full evaluation and follow up. Once they have obtained all the info, they can recommend specific risk reducing measures. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what do the symptoms of breast cancer look like?

How do I know exactly what do the symptoms of breast cancer look like?

Breast lump: There are not many symptoms for early breast cancer, therefore the benefits of screening mammography are manifested. Patients still come to the office with a chief complaint of a breast lump (even after a normal screening mammogram) which should be evaluated by a breast surgeon on a clinical basis and biopsy done if present. Other symptoms include:bloody nipple discharge, nipple excema, redness/. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sign of skin cancer?

How do I know if I have a sign of skin cancer?

Info: Examine all lesions for the abcde's of skin cancer: a(asymmetry) one half is not like the other half), b(border) irregular, poorly defined or scalloped border, c(color) multiple colors of tan, brown, dark black, red, white, or blue, d(diameter) greater than 6mm or a pencil eraser, e(evolving) changing in size, shape, or color, or bleeding. ...Read more

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I have carcinoma of ovaries. Can I have chance of recurrence? What kind of food should I avoid in my diet?

I have carcinoma of ovaries. Can I have chance of recurrence?  What kind of food should I avoid in my diet?

Eat what you want: Your food choices aren't going to impact your risk of recurrence, or the progress of your cancer if it is not cured. Websites dedicated to 'food choices' / 'superfoods' for most illnesses are shams by people wanting to appear informed and helpful. You need to find out from your physician what your risks are so you can plan your life -- the odds are well-established for the common types ; stages. ...Read more

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What are chances of getting uterine cancer if I do have a family link to cancer?

What are chances of getting uterine cancer if I do have a family link to cancer?

Depends: Probably little if any increased risk if your mom didn't have uterine or colon cancer. If she had uterine ca diagnosed <45 yrs of age there's increased risk. Roughly 2% of newly diagnosed uterine ca patients have mutation for lynch syndrome which is inherited condition with a high risk for colon ca. The symptom to be aware of is post-menopausal bleeding. This should always be checked by your md. ...Read more

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If kidney cancer runs in my family, what kind of screening do I need?

If kidney cancer runs in my family, what kind of screening do I need?

None: There are no accepted screening tools for kidney cancer. If you have a strong family history, you could get a baseline renal ultrasound done. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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 ...Read more