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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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I'm stage 4 Breast cancer. Been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. Also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. Is cancer back?

I'm stage 4 Breast cancer. Been having pain in ribs/ shoulder for 2 mths. Also cancer antigen 27. 29 blood test is back above normal. Is cancer back?

See your oncologist.: Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain. Talk to your oncologist to determine the extent/ or remission of the cancer. Stage 4 usually means that cancer was not just in the breast area. ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer 3 yrs ago -> 11/15 nodes infected -> surgery ->chemo -> radio -> hormonal. Now there is pain in ribs. Could it be bone cancer?

Mother had breast cancer 3 yrs ago -> 11/15 nodes infected -> surgery ->chemo -> radio -> hormonal. Now there is pain in ribs. Could it be bone cancer?

Could be spread,,: This could be breast cancer that has locally spread to the adjacent ribs and chest wall. It would be wise to get a check-up and imaging studies like x-rays and/or ct scans to rule this out. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

My grandma has metastatic breast cancer in her ribs & spine, she keeps getting these hot flushes. Causes?

Medications?: Ask her medical oncologist. Some of the treatments she is getting could cause those symptoms. Is she having fevers? The medical oncoligist would likely want her to watch for signs of fever, infections, or check for low white blood cell count (neutropenia). ...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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Lump in bet. Xyphoid process and rib cage? Could this be breast cancer?

Lump in bet. Xyphoid process and rib cage? Could this be breast cancer?

Bone lesion: Unlikely unless you had a previous personal history of if it or a extensive family history of breast cancer. Definitely get it examined by your family physician. ...Read more

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Lump in between the xyphoid process and my rib cage. ..Is this breast cancer?

Lump in between the xyphoid process and my rib cage. ..Is this breast cancer?

Nobody knows: No one can tell you for sure without a biopsy. First, it would be important to know how big the lump is, how long it has been there, and whether it has changed in size or not over time. Any personal or family history of breast cancer would also be important to know. A fine needle or core biopsy of the lump will make the diagnosis, but before that, a mammogram would be recommended. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

What is the life expectancy of a 75 yr old woman whose breast cancer has spread to the spine and rib cage?

Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when cancer has spread to the bone (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication. ...Read more

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24, felt hard lump under right Breast feels hard like a bone am quite slim is it possible it is a rib bone or more serious like breast cancer lump?

24, felt hard lump under right Breast feels hard like a bone am quite slim is it possible it is a rib bone or more serious like breast cancer lump?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to know what you may be feeling. It would be prudent to see your doctor, even though the risk of your having breast cancer is very low.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Can non aggressive breast cancer metastasize to bone? I have er/pr+, her2- breast cancer w tumors in spine and rib. Dr unsure both are related.

Yes, unfortunately: Unfortunately, er/pr positive, her2 negative breast cancer metastasizes to bone quite commonly. On the good side, it usually responds to treatment with hormonal therapy, radiation, and bone strengthening medications very well and patients can live for years. If this is the first possible sign of metastatic disease it is often reasonable to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause left flank pain and pain under left ribs at the front, especially on lying down. History of ulcerative colitis and breast cancer.

Could be almost: Anything, from kidney stones to shingles to axacerbation of your uc. You need a doctor to figure this out for you. Go see your GI specialist now. ...Read more

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I completed chemo in sept radiation in dec. For breast cancer now have deep bone pain in elbows & wrists, pain under right upper rib cage. Normal?

I completed chemo in sept radiation in dec. For breast cancer now have deep bone pain in elbows & wrists, pain under right upper rib cage. Normal?

Potentially: You would certainly want to let your doctor know. But because many drugs used in chemotherapy affect rapidly dividing cells, it is not uncommon for many of them to be associated with some degree of bone pain. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise I can give is to ask the doctor who ordered the x-ray to explain it to you and refer you to the appropriate caregiver. I wish you well. ...Read more

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2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

2007 mastectomy w/reconstruction. Sudden swelling left breast arm neck and bottom of rib bruises on right leg. Breast MRI ruled out breast cancer?

R/o lymphedema: If there is a question of spread of cancer, you may need a pet scan. The most common reason for non-malignant swelling of a post-mastectomy area is lymphedema. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer a concerning factor if my moms sister had it? I have some thickening up on chest that u can feel mam ok us was neg 1.

Is breast cancer a concerning factor if my moms sister had it? I have some thickening up on chest that u can feel mam ok us was neg 1.

1st degree relative: Yes, there is some concern compared to no family history but most breast cancer risk calculators are more interested in 1st degree relatives, eg mom, sister & daughter: http://www. Cancer. Gov/bcrisktool/ & https://tools. Bcsc-scc. Org/bc5yearrisk/. As always, close regular follow up w/your doc is key. So is good nutrition, regular exercise & optimal weight. ...Read more

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Hi I have breast cancer it came back in my chest wall?

See below: For locoregional recurrence, the mass needs to be biopsied and work-up to rule out distant metastases should be done. If mastectomy was performed during the original treatment, a wide local excision of the recurrent mass should be performed (if possible), as well as axillary lymph node dissection and chest wall radiation (if was not done already) + adjuvant chemo/hormonal therapy. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on my chest, I'm 18 but worried if I can have breast cancer. Is it possible?

Yes but not likely: If you have an area that concerns you, have your primary provider take a look. If s/he is suspicious, typically the next step would be an ultrasound and maybe a biopsy. Breast cancer is very very rare at your age. Nothing is impossible, but the odds are very good that this is something other than cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would signs of breast cancer show up on a regular chest ex ray or would that only show up on a mammogram?

No on X-ray: Mammograms are the best diagnostic test to diagnose breast cancer. Coupled with good breast exams and ultrasounds - these are the mainstays of diagnosis. Chest x rays can show advanced cancer if there is metastasis (spread) to the lungs - but typically regular x-rays are not sensitive or specific enough. ...Read more

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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?

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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Is coughing out blood or having chest pains a sign of breast cancer?

Is coughing out blood or having chest pains a sign of breast cancer?

It is a sign alright: It is a sign of nothing good. Get it checked out by a physician. Without also having a size able lump in your breast or a past history of breast cancer, I think it is rather unlikely that these are signs of breast cancer, however. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Mastalgia: Breast pain is not usually a sign of cancer and is more commonly related to hormonal changes or simple mastalgia. However, you should be seen by your surgeon to help figure out what is going on also imaging with an ultrasound could be helpful and or mammography this could be related to gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Can cell phones and recorders cause breast cancer I carry my cell their for years recoder around neck on chest?

Can cell phones and recorders cause breast cancer I carry my cell their for years recoder around neck on chest?

Breast cancer: Breast tissue Is very sensitive to excessive radiation and cell phones do have a small amount of the same. We do know as MD's from research that certain ear tumors can be stimulated by excessive cell phone use. Generally, prolonged conversations are safer on speakerphone if private, and standing in front of the microwave oven (radiation) is also not recommended. Find another cellphone storage place ...Read more

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Why are markers left in the chest of previous breast cancer patients? I can see them on X-rays and do they hurt?

Why are markers left in the chest of previous breast cancer patients? I can see them on X-rays and do they hurt?

Usually clips: If the marker were one used to define a non palpable lesion for localization of tumor it should have been resected with the lesion. If the patient underwent mastectomy, the radio opaque clips are vascular clips used to control chest wall blood vessels that were bleeding during the procedure and used to stop bleeding. They are permanent and do not cause any related symptoms. And are never removed ...Read more

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What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

What do lumps in the chest mean? Gynecomastia or breast cancer?

Either: Masses in the chest could be gynecomastia or breast cancer. Best to be evaluated by your physician for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Breast cancer diagnosed, stage not yet confirmed. None appear spread to surrounding lymphs. 2 shadows on chest xray?

Breast cancer diagnosed, stage not yet confirmed. None appear spread to surrounding lymphs. 2 shadows on chest xray?

Complicated conditio: It's hard to answer. Obtain a copy of all medical reports & medical images (like the chest X-ray) to upload onto HealthTap Prime; or, discuss those results with your doctor at length. Depending on the X-ray appearance, those "shadows" could be metastasis (spread) of breast cancer - Stage IV if +ve biopsy - or be figments of imagination. Full staging should be completed b4 treatment. Best Wishes. ...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