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Angiosarcoma Of The Breast
Staging: Breast cancer staging is described as t (tumor size), n (lymph node metastases) and m (metastases to sites like bone, lung, etc). In a simplified short answer: stage 0 is non-invasive breast cancer, stage 1 is no spread to lymph nodes, stage 2 and stage 3 has lymph node spread and larger tumors, and stage 4 would have metastases to other organs. ...Read more
Breast ducts: Breast cancer usually begins in cells that line the ducts of the breast. This is ductal carcinoma, which is about 80% of breast cancers. Sometimes cancer starts in the breast lobules where milk is made. This is lobular breast cancer, which is about 15% of breast cancers. There are other subtypes of breast cancer that make up the rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies with Type: Phyllodes tumors of the breast are very rare;therefore , rx data is lacking. These are classified as benign, borderline, or malignant; most people in the first two categories are cured by surgery; if malignant, the 5-yr survival is estimated at 60-80%. Rx consists of wide-excision; radiation and chemorx is controversial and reserved for the malignant sub-type. ...Read more
Stage IV: Stage 4 breast cancer is defined as cancer that has spread from the breast to other organs. This is also known as metastatic disease. While not curable by traditional definitions, if the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy, people may live years with treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most benign breast findings do not lead to or cause breast cancer. Some breast tissue biopsies can show benign but possibly pre-cancerous cells, such as atypical ductal hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia (for example). You would need to discuss any breast biopsy results and their possible risks with your doctor. ...Read more
Benign tumor: Fibroadenomas are common noncancerous (benign) tumors of the breast. They frequently appear in older teenagers and young adults. Get it checked out. If it is confirmed to be a fibrioadenoma you have the choice of surgical removal or close followup. ...Read more
Possibilities?: Hi, I am going to answer this based on a patient's own observations not what could be detected by a mammogram ultrasound, mri, biopsy.Any lump in your breast nontender or tender (could be either), inverted or change in nipple, nipple discharge esp one sided, different "feelings" in one breast more than another, lumps in armpits, or above your collarbone, rashes on your breasts, painful nipples-more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stimulates the growt: About 80% of breast cancer are er positive which means that the cancer cells are stimulated to grow by estrogen in the body. Decreasing the estrogen levels with tamoxifen which is an estrogen blocker in premenopausal women and aromatase inhibitors which stop estrogen production in sites other than the ovaries in post menopausal women is an important treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually in skin: Yes there is a chance of cancer in the skin or surrounding areas following breast reconstruction. This can occur regardless of the method of reconstruction and is more reflective of the type of cancer and the treatment. However this should not stop you from considering reconstruction. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
10-15% Hereditary: We believe that only 10-15% of breast cancers are hereditary, with the rest being environmental in origin. People w/the hereditary form of breast cancer tend to get diagnosed earlier in life and may get cancer in both breasts. When treated by lumpectomy or (single) mastectomy, it is not uncommon to develop a second, unrelated breast cancer; therefore, many opt for double mastectomies. ...Read more
Possible Symptoms of: Breast cancer can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular & hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful & soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain & sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?
Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammatory : Breast cancer present as reddened overlying skin, compared to orange skin texture. This appearance is caused by cancer cell invasion of the dermis. This type of cancer is serious and has worse prognosis compared with other types. It requires chemotherapy and surgery at the outset. ...Read more
Maybe.: I have a pt who had similar problem and she is fine she also had pregnancies after her diagnosis. She was in her 30's. ...Read more
Blood vessel tumor: A primary angiosarcoma is a rare lesion of blood vessel origin unrelated to the classic ductal or lobular carcinomas. It is aggressive and can be lethal requiring simple mastectomy. It frequently arises secondary to previous radiation of the breast and belongs to the Stewart Treves group of tumors secondary to lymphedema. ...Read more
Wide resection: Primary angiosarcomas of the breast are very rare. They also behave as sarcomas do without spread to axilla as the ductal lesions are seen to do. Most have initiated as a result of radiation therapy to the breast region with the effect of the RT inducing the sarcoma. Distant mets to lung and bone have been reported suggesting that the primary must be removed completely. ...Read more
It is a bad Cancer!: Angiosarcoma of the breast is a well known entity, yet it is uncommon and difficult to diagnose because of the diffuse infilteration of the sarcoma into the normal tissues. Prognosis tends to be bad unless it is a small tumor and it is treated aggressively by a medical oncologist who is also a sarcoma expert(rare speciality). ...Read more
How quickly do angiosarcomas of the breast grow? Had vascular area on u/s, biopsy negative, area is diminishing 5 months later. Can they shrink?
Behave differently: Most angiosarcomas of the breast are induced, primarily from previous radiation to the area of breast involved. The lesion is aggressive and can become fatal if allowed to grow and metastasize. It usually takes 1-2 years for the lesion to breast away and metastasize so if possible and if solitary, the lesion should be resected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do breast angiosarcomas grow within 6 months? Wondering for a friend who had 6 mm vascular area but its now gone and dr said vascularity just a vessel
Angiosarcomas fast g: Yes the angiosarcomas grow fast. If it is not visible anymore, it is not likely to be an angiosacrcoma...They do not go away on their own but grow rapidly in 1-3 months. ...Read more
Breast Ca 2011 had lumpectomy+Chemo+Radio.Mar-2017,Angiosarcoma appeared & treated by Mastectomy. Sep-2017, 2nd occurrence of Angiosarcoma treated with split graft. Now, 3rd occurrence (No metastasis).Doctor suggested rip resection+Full graft. Agree?
Need more than surge:
Angiosarcoma is a dangerous cancer, so it needs to be controlled fast before it starts to spread at distant sites.
You should not rely on surgery alone as you have already witnessed its failure more than once.
Consult a medical oncologist or a sarcoma specialist who can first treat your Angio with chemotherapy, then do surgery(good excision...it does not have to be radical. Local Radiotherapy may ...Read more
How fast do angiosarcoma tumors grow? A friend was clear 3 mos ago now has a lump on left & right side mid torso that apprd in last 2 wks.
Recurrence: Sarcomas are soft tissue tumours and have differences in the rapidity of growth . Some of them slow growing, some are fast and some are very fast. Ssarcomas arising from skin related structures-like fibro sarcoma, liposarcoma, angiosarcoma etc. Are there. There is a need to get HIV also tested in fast spresding sarcomas as there is a particular type called kaposis sarcoma - with rapid growth rate. ...Read more
Angio -sarcoma: Angiosarcoma is a malignant neoplasm (cancer) of endothelial-type cells that line vessel walls- blood vessels ( hemangiosarcoma) or lymphatic vessels ( lymphangiosarcoma) . Please read more at http://sarcomahelp.Org/angiosarcoma.Html?Tpm=1_2 or http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/sarcoma. Or www.Nccn.Com. ...Read more
Prognosis is poor.: Angiosarcomas are very rare and aggressive cancers that spread early. 70% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The tumors are made out of newly-formed blood vessels and stimulated to grow by vegf. New biologic therapies, called monoclonal antibodies, are being developed to target these cancerous blood vessels. Not much is know about these tumors due to their rarity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just found out my grandmother died from Angiosarcoma and Pulmonary Metastasis, are these in any way hereditary??
My mother is suffered from angiosarcoma from 7yers now this thing effects her liver please give me your sugestions.
I will be thankful to you?
Surgery: Angiosarcoma of the liver is a tough one. I would suggest that you meet with a surgical oncologist at a national cancer institute sanctioned comprehensive cancer center to discuss her treatment with a team of specialists led by a surgical oncologist. If the tumor is resectable, surgery represents the best option for cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3.5 years: 3.5 years is the median survival in studies that look at groups of people with angiosarcoma. However, each person with angiosarcoma may do much better or much worse. It depends on where the tumor started, the stage of the tumor at diagnosis, and the age and general health of the person. Sadly, it is a very aggressive type of cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Depending on site and size of angiosarcoma, surgery can be routine. If lesion large it should be embolized prior to resection to minimize bleeding. Many occur in retroperitoneal region and choosing right vessel to do study is important and assuring lesion has minimal vascularity.They are found in diverse sites such as skin, breast and liver. ...Read more
Life expectancy of an 82 year old man with epitheloid angiosarcoma in the spine. Is now having severe back pain and can't walk?
Discuss w/ the Dr: Clear from what you say, he is not well and probablt his quality of life is diminished. The duration of life may be unknown, but the best estimates would come from the doctors who treat him. I'm sorry that this is a difficult time for him - I hope it can be as good as possible. ...Read more
What are the chances of a cyst that has been described as “hemorrhagic” probably, is an hepatic angiosarcoma? I’m getting CT but I’m extremely worried
My father was recently diagnosed with an angiosarcoma on his right temple. Is it better to surgically remove or to take the chemo radiation approach?
Angiosarcoma : The question you ask is not one that can be easily answered in this venue. Many things are considered before making a recommendation on the best option for treatment of a disease, in this case a malignancy. Location and extent of malignancy (stage), patient age, associated medical problems, among others. Consider meeting with a specialist that has expertise in angiosarcoma to review your situation. ...Read more