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I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen. Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen. Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

Yes your doctor can: Your doctor (oncologist) can help address this problem.
Tamoxifen is safe to use despite having Fibroids. But there is another medicine which can be used instead of tamoxifen especially in women over the age of 50 years. These drugs called AIs (Letrozole and Anastrozole) are more commonly used instead of tamoxifen at the present time./ ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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44 yrs, pre-menopause. Weight loss (almost 20 lbs in 2 months) fatigue, appetite loss. CT scan revealed bilateral adnexal cysts, enlarged uterus, pelvic fluid. Also diagnosed with probable fibroadenoma in left breast. Neg fibroids. What could it be?

44 yrs, pre-menopause. Weight loss (almost 20 lbs in 2 months) fatigue, appetite loss. CT scan revealed bilateral adnexal cysts, enlarged uterus, pelvic fluid. Also diagnosed with probable fibroadenoma in left breast. Neg fibroids. What could it be?

Wt loss: You need a complete blood picture including Thyroid profile and pituitary work up to determine what is going on in your body. Trust your physician to put all the pieces together and come up with the correct diagnosis ...Read more

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For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

No cancer: For the most part cancers arise in the breast in association with intraductal pathology. There is micro Ca clustered in one area but asymptomatic. Itching of nipple with no lesion to suggest Pagets would be related to possible histamine release in area with no known cause. At 58 mammo indicated and if all neg use xylocaine (lidocaine) ointment on nipple. ...Read more

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I am 41 & have 4 uterine fibroids: 66x60, 34x38, 23x28, 36x38mm. Size not changed over 12months. New cyst 43x40 in the left ovary. What should I do?

I am 41 & have 4 uterine fibroids: 66x60, 34x38, 23x28, 36x38mm. Size not changed over 12months. New cyst 43x40 in the left ovary. What should I do?

What are your goals?: It is advisable to consider any future fertility goals, duration, and severity of the symptoms. There are many reasonable options for this condition, but choosing the appropriate management strategy will involve your goals for the future. Options include re-imaging and following cyst, laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy and/or myomectomy, or hysterectomy with preservation of the unaffected ovary. ...Read more

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Would women only get fibrocystic breast disease?

Would women only get fibrocystic breast disease?

Usually, although...: ...Men with gynecomastia can develop fibrocystic changes, albeit to a much milder degree. ...Read more

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What is fibrocystic breast disease and what does it do?

What is fibrocystic breast disease and what does it do?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. This requires no treatment, just reassurance. If it is associated w/pain, caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, primrose oil, and nsaids have been used w/marginal success. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

What are the main symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

Lumps and/or pain: Fibrocystic breast disease is quite common with 40% to 50% of women having this problem. Physical exam findings include lumpy, nodular, granular breast tissue in some or all areas of the breast. Many women with fibrocystis breast disease have breast pain or tenderness that commonly fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. The symptoms sometimes increase with more caffeine or chocolate in the diet. ...Read more

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I have fibrocystic breast disease, what can I do for pain?

I have fibrocystic breast disease, what can I do for pain?

Caffeine: You can try decreasing your caffeine intake, which includes : coffee, tea, iced tea, chocolate, sodas, mountain dew.
Be sure you perform monthly breast self exams and see your doctor for any abnormal lumps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fibrocystic breast disease?

What is the definition or description of: Fibrocystic breast disease?

Fibrocystic breast: Disease= benign condition characterized by breast lumpiness and sometimes accompanied by tenderness ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast disease turn into cancer?

Probably not: Fibrocystic breast disease is not considered a premalignant condition. ...Read more

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Is vertigo common in fibrocystic breast disease?

Is vertigo common in fibrocystic breast disease?

No: Vertigo is a phenomenon of Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). Fibrocystic disease represents the effect of hormone activity on the ductal system of the breast causing some terminal duct blockage with backup of fluid to produce cysts in the duct and associated fibrotic changes. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease- can the cysts burst?

No: Breast cysts may be firm or painful. Many will resolve after the menstrual cycle. Needs an exam and ultrasound to be sure it is a cyst. Can have office needle aspiration to remove the fluid if the cyst persists or gets larger. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease. Very confused about effect of coffee?

Fibrocystic breast disease. Very confused about effect of coffee?

Me too!: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. While caffeine has been implicated as a possible irritant, the proof is iffy, at best. I preach moderation unless one has severe breast pain. ...Read more

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What happens to women with fibrocystic breast disease after menopause?

What happens to women with fibrocystic breast disease after menopause?

Depends: Some women will continue to have lumpiness and pain despite being postmenopausal. Some women will have decreased lumpiness and no pain. Continue to perform breast self exam. ...Read more

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Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2)- a cancer?

Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2)- a cancer?

No: Fibrocystic disease is definitely a benign breast condition that effects many women. You should of course continue with you own self breast exams during the same monthly stage of your cycle and follow your doctors advice on breast imaging. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian estrogen have any kind of relation to each other?

Yes: Estrogen levels can cause the fibrocystic changes to be more active which causes increased lumpiness and breast pain. ...Read more

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Can you have fibrocystic breast disease in just one breast? And white discharge with no foul odors? Only comes out when squeezed hard

Can you have fibrocystic breast disease in just one breast? And white discharge with no foul odors? Only comes out when squeezed hard

Yes symptoms: Could be one side (at a time) is bilateral disease may not have symptoms, in some fluid can drain through nipple, usually clear discharge. Just apply warm soaks and go for a check up with your doctor, you are only 22 don't worry too much. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata (fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain (aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. It is unclear why fibroids develop, but hormones and family history may influence their formation. Approximately 70% to 80% of women aged 50 ...Read more