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My 34 yr old wife has a lump in her breast and has recently stopped nursing our 15 month old daughter. Could this be breast cancer?

My 34 yr old wife has a lump in her breast and has recently stopped nursing our 15 month old daughter. Could this be breast cancer?

Lump in Breast: This is not likely to be cancer given the more common blocked ducts or irritated ducts found in nursing mothers. But, it should not be ignored and her physician should be informed. If the lump hurts or is growing please make that visit with the doctor soon. ...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


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Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4 mm pinkish bump on breast skin that has been there for 3 months unchanged? I'm also nursing.

Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4 mm pinkish bump on breast skin that has been there for 3 months unchanged? I'm also nursing.

Breast cancer: Typically the skin is swollen and dimple. You should be seen and evaluated by a breast surgeon so that if necessary if can by biopsies and studies like an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Nursing and had breast ultrasound. Tech saw either a small cyst or a duct but either way it was fine. Does this increase my risk breast cancer?

Nursing and had breast ultrasound. Tech saw either a small cyst or a duct but either way it was fine. Does this increase my risk breast cancer?

No: Doing a breast exam (ultrasound) on a lactating mother producing milk will usually show enlarged milk ducts some containing milk or fluid. This does not predispose a person to breast cancer. ...Read more

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Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4mm circular sore that's been there for over a month and has new skin growing over top? I'm nursing.

Does inflammatory breast cancer look like a 4mm circular sore that's been there for over a month and has new skin growing over top? I'm nursing.

Not breast cancer: It does not sound like breast cancer; likely you have a mastitis, an infection, not uncommon with breast feeding. See your physician to confirm. ...Read more

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Would a breast u/s pick up a tumor deep in chest wall? I can't get mammo due to nursing. Have back neck shoulder aches and convinced its breast cancer

Would a breast u/s pick up a tumor deep in chest wall? I can't get mammo due to nursing. Have back neck shoulder aches and convinced its breast cancer

See below:: I agree entirely with the answers given by drs. Legha and harper. You can have a mammogram while nursing and should feel free to discuss alternatives with your doctor. ...Read more

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29 yo. Pat. Grandmother 1st diagnosis w/breast [email protected], to return x3, taking her [email protected] I've painful non-mobile lump, L brst. Odds of fam history repeating?

29 yo. Pat. Grandmother 1st diagnosis w/breast cancer@24, to return x3, taking her life@68yo. I've painful non-mobile lump, L brst. Odds of fam history repeating?

You should see: Your doctor now for evaluation of breast lump, odds are good in your favor due to your age (29) only one member involved may not be genetic, . Fibrocystic disease is painful, non mobile. Your doctor will do required tests and take your worry off your mind. Good Luck ...Read more

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Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

YES YES YES: Especially first degree relatives with breast cancer such as one mother or sisters (or father or brothers for that matter). If one of these family members were diagnosed under age 50, that's also and important fact. Consider genetic counseling. ...Read more

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How frequently does a spot compression lead to a breast cancer diagnosis?

How frequently does a spot compression lead to a breast cancer diagnosis?

Sometimes: Spot compression is used to determine if an area of abnormal appearing tissue on a mammogram spreads out like normal breast tissue or holds together densely like a more worrisome mass. Usually it spreads out and you forget it. Even when it leads to a biopsy because it doesn't compress it doesn't by any means absolutely mean cancer, it just increases those chances. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the breast cancer diagnosis decimal number mean?

Can doctors tell me what does the breast cancer diagnosis decimal number mean?

ICD Code: I believe you may be referring to the icd-9 code. The icd (international classification of diseases) is a universal means of classifying different diseases. This is used primarily for statistical and billing purposes and does not reflect the cancer prognosis. ...Read more

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29yo. Pat grndmthr diagnosis Breast [email protected] Ovarian [email protected] 34& took [email protected] Inherent odds? +Ive virtually zero chest, size <34A-change my odds?

29yo. Pat grndmthr diagnosis Breast Cancer@24yo. Ovarian cx@age 34& took her@68yo. Inherent odds? +Ive virtually zero chest, size <34A-change my odds?

Hereditary CA: With grandma having both cancers at a young age, and both ca being the ones linked to a gene you should talk to your doctor about testing and what you would do differently if positive. Also see if you can get more family history data. That would help a lot. Size of your breasts won't really matter. Gather info, calculate risks, and stay on top of screening. ...Read more

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After a breast cancer diagnosis, how long before the operation and/or treatment can start?

After a breast cancer diagnosis, how long before the operation and/or treatment can start?

Variable: This is a very common question and concern. It is highly variable. The tendency (for obvious reasons) is for most patients to want surgery/therapy immediately. However, one of the most important aspects of proper mgmt is to completely evaluate and stage the cancer...Which can prolong surgery/therapy a month or more. While unsettling, this has proven to ultimately improve the long term results. ...Read more

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How can I help my partner cope with a breast cancer diagnosis?

How can I help my partner cope with a breast cancer diagnosis?

Excellent question: Dealing with breast cancer is traumatic for all. Make sure your partner doesn't forget to take care of themself. Let them know that you support them no matter what you have to go through. Remind them that you will go through it together. Good luck. ...Read more

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Breast cancer diagnostic testing prices? How expensive is the diagnosis?

Breast cancer diagnostic testing prices? How expensive is the diagnosis?

Cheap compared to...: If the diagnosis is missed, the price is your life. Period. If you have a dominant mass in your breast, get seen. We're all trapped in the same dysfunctional health care system, but we're here for those who can pay, and those who cannot. ...Read more

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How strong is the link between HRT and breast cancer? Maternal grandma is bc survivor and was diagnosis after being on HRT for many years.

How strong is the link between HRT and breast cancer? Maternal grandma is bc survivor and was diagnosis after being on HRT for many years.

Increased risk: Using combined hormone therapy after menopause increases the risk of getting breast cancer. It may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer. This increase in risk can be seen with as little as 2 years of use. Combined ht also increases the likelihood that the cancer may be found at a more advanced stage. ...Read more

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Diagnosis with breast cancer a yr ago. Before that I had concerns with my period being dark brown it happened for 5 months. Should I still be concern?

Diagnosis with breast cancer a yr ago. Before that I had concerns with my period being dark brown it happened for 5 months. Should I still be concern?

See gyn doctor: Consult yourn gyn doctor first go for a pap smear, if necessary endmetrial biopsy, you doctor will tell you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosis with tubulo-lobular breast cancer nottingham score grade 2. Tubule formation was graded 3, with very little tubules. How can this be.?

Mostly lobular: If the tumor is mostly lobular with very little tubule formation it would be graded 3 in terms of tubule formation. The overall grade would still be 2 since the nuclei are usually small sized and the mitotic rate low. These tumors usually have a good prognosis if they are under 2cm and a single focus. ...Read more

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I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer?

I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer?

Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed Cerazette because my mother had breast cancer and have been taking for over two years now. Is this the correct diagnosis?

I have been prescribed Cerazette because my mother had breast cancer and have been taking for over two years now. Is this the correct diagnosis?

Slight advantage: Cerazette has only progestogen with out estrogen as in common combined birth control pill, less clotting problems, could be used during breast feeding, still has very slight risk of breast cancer, if this is the issue, why don't you adapt non medication b c like iud. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Diagnosis of breast cancer - spread to ribs and spine -biopsy pending. Mam on 11/12 neg. I feel fine. Is it still possible that this is stage 3 not 4?

Wait 4 biopsy result: What imaging did you have to evaluate the bone? To disprove that those lesions are not metastatic disease- it requires biopsy to all those lesions and to demonstrate that all biopsies taken from those lesions are negative.
My suggestion is for you to wait for the biopsy result- I assume the biopsy was done to one of those bony lesions, correct? I hope they got enough tissue from the right location. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

What should I do to prevent bone loss from taking arimidex (anastrozole) after breast cancer diagnosis?

Calcium and vit D: Consider a DEXA scan to measure bone density. If your density is low a bisphosphonate type medication can be helpful. This should be a standard conversation for your medical oncologist to have with you. ...Read more

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With a previous diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia, is it wiser to terminate a pregnancy at age 49 to avoid increase breast cancer risk?

With a previous diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia, is it wiser to terminate a pregnancy at age 49 to avoid increase breast cancer risk?

No simple answer: This question is too complex to answer in this format--please see a breast surgeon to discuss. Population studies note a higher risk of breast cancer just after pregnancies, likely related to women who have existing (hormone-sensitive) cancers in their breast during pregnancy. Also, first pregnancies late in life are associated w/increase breast ca risk. How this might affect you is hard to know. ...Read more

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I am 2 years out from breast cancer diagnosis; idc. Tamoxifen. Bloodwork shows ALT level of 74. My pcp just says to retest 6 mo. Should I do more?

I am 2 years out from breast cancer diagnosis; idc. Tamoxifen. Bloodwork shows ALT level of 74. My pcp just says to retest 6 mo. Should I do more?

Non specific: The alt is a liver enzyme that can be elevated from liver metastasis. These can be reliably diagnosed with liver ultrasound or ct scan
your medical oncologist would give your good advice. ...Read more

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Just diagnosis with RA after breast cancer new systom is itching at night at knuckles I just started methotrexate 2.5 x 6?

Just diagnosis with RA after breast cancer new systom is itching at night at knuckles I just started methotrexate 2.5 x 6?

Unrelated: First of all, psoriatic arthritis and RA virtually never co-exist, if one has psoriasis and an inflammatory arthritis, it is psoriatic arthritis. I doubt psoriasis if you have well documented ra. Let a dermatologist look at a rash if one is present one not just an itching sensation. The one exception is psoriasis can be a complication of tnf therapy. ...Read more

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Is breast implant removal a must if I was diagnosed with breast cancer? I am having a very hard time dealing with my diagnosis of breast cancer. On top of that, my doctor mentioned something about breast implant removal being necessary. I am not sure I wi

Is breast implant removal a must if I was diagnosed with breast cancer? I am having a very hard time dealing with my diagnosis of breast cancer. On top of that, my doctor mentioned something about breast implant removal being necessary. I am not sure I wi

Not a must but....: I wonder why your surgeon has recommended this. Certainly you are entitled to obtain a second opinion. While I understand your reluctance for removal, please take this into perspective and do not let the decision to retain your implant interfere with management of the tumor. ...Read more

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At what mm of uterine lining would a doctor order a uterine biopsy? Premenopausal, recent diagnosis breast cancer with periods stopped for 3 months.

At what mm of uterine lining would a doctor order a uterine biopsy? Premenopausal, recent diagnosis breast cancer with periods stopped for 3 months.

Depends: If a woman over the age of 40 comes in with abnormal bleeding or any abnormality of the uterine lining, then they deserve an endometrial biopsy. Breast cancer is often treated with tamoxifen which is associated with pre-cancerous and cancerous changes in the uterus. It sounds like they must have good reason to recommend this test. ...Read more

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Received a diagnosis of AGUS on pap test. If the biopsies are ok, what could have caused this? I am a breast cancer survivor. I'm 42 w/limited menses

Received a diagnosis of AGUS on pap test. If the biopsies are ok, what could have caused this? I am a breast cancer survivor. I'm 42 w/limited menses

Cycle phase: Were you menstruating at the time the Pap smear was done? If not, next step most likely would be a pelvic ultrasound with an endometrial biopsy, if negative, repeat Pap test in 6 months when not menstruating. Best Wishes ...Read more

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Mother diagnosis with breast cancer at 54, maternal grandmother diagnosis with pancreatic ca at 69. Dr's won't do brca test because there is no other breast/ovarian ca in my family. What do I do? I'm so worried.

Mother diagnosis with breast cancer at 54, maternal grandmother diagnosis with pancreatic ca at 69. Dr's won't do brca test because there is no other breast/ovarian ca in my family. What do I do? I'm so worried.

Screening: You should have clinical breast exams starting now, and then at age 40 start with yearly mammograms. It is possible to pay for the brca testing out of pocket if this is truly your desire, because would likely not be covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Stage 2b, her 2 breast cancer, 40 yrs old-dx 4/13-neoadjuvant treatment. Just recently diagnosis with several pulmonary emboli. What should I ask my doctor?

Stage 2b, her 2 breast cancer, 40 yrs old-dx 4/13-neoadjuvant treatment. Just recently diagnosis with several pulmonary emboli. What should I ask my doctor?

Cause and Treatment: Cancers can cause blood clots most often as a result of not walking after recent surgery with a blood clot forming in the legs which then breaks off and goes to the lungs. This is treated with blood thinning medications and if contraindicated a vena caval filter can be placed which catches the clots. Why you developed this and how long and what type of treatment for this is advisable to ask. ...Read more

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What's the best diagnosis for TSH 0.01, T3 (liothyronine) 12.9 and T4 292? No previous problems with thyroid but have had breast cancer

What's the best diagnosis for TSH 0.01, T3 (liothyronine) 12.9 and T4 292? No previous problems with thyroid but have had breast cancer

Hyperthyroidism: You have hyperthyroidism, which may have been partially caused by radiation to the chest for treatment of your breast cancer. You should undergo a thyroid ultrasound and be checked for thyroid antibodies. After verifying your thyroid results, you should be treated with Methimazole to slow down your thyroid. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?

Can a CT scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?

Read below: Breast cancer can progress or recur in case chemotherapy is not working well against cancer. Ct scan is the best way to look for cancer in the lungs and liver. But it can only show shadows which often require further tests...Either a biopsy or a pet scan if there is any uncertainty about the cause of the shadows. Sometimes radiotherapy can cause shadows on the lungs...So not all shadows are mets. ...Read more

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Do I need to do chemo for my breast cancer? I might want to do like g rancic.

Do I need to do chemo for my breast cancer? I might want to do like g rancic.

Depends: Whether or not you get chemo for breast cancer will depend on the stage of the cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are unsure of chemo, talk to your oncologist. Recommendations are based on clinical results of similar patients with similar staging. ...Read more

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Alaska. Breast cancer. Now bills and big ins. Exclusions. What to make of e.G., cpt 36561 port insrt billed $4115 and ins company excludes $3521?

Alaska. Breast cancer. Now bills and big ins. Exclusions. What to make of e.G., cpt 36561 port insrt billed $4115 and ins company excludes $3521?

Costs: Insurance companies decide what they pay or cover based on cpt codes. Each area of the us has different pay schedules for these cpt codes. Also each insurance company may pay differently. Also hmo insurances, medicare or medicaid insurances may pay some of the lowest rates. I do not know what insurance type you have. If you have concerns, call your insurance company to see what is covered or paid. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common: Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:
new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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Any odor with breast cancer?

Any odor with breast cancer?

Not typical: An odor would not be a typical symptom. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer spread?

3 ways: It spread through lymphatic organ (lymph glands), through blood circulation and direct invasion to the adjacent organ such as skin, chest wall etc. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer develop?

How can breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...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


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