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Breast Cancer Tumor Marker
My friend who has breast cancer gets her tumor markers checked, my mother also had breast cancer, what are the markers and could I get checked?
Tumor "markers": ...Just don't work that well (outside of a few very specific tumors that don't include breast cancer), and should not be used to screen for cancer in someone without the disease. The odds are that any positive test would be a falsely positive. As far as what tumor markers are used for breast cancer, none are used routinely, and i'd ask your friend what the markers her docs are using. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
Definitions: A tumor is a general term for a lump or mass in any location in the body. It can be cancerous or noncancerous. Breast cancer refers to malignant cells found in the breast. There are many benign/noncancerous tumors that can be found in the breast. Usually a needle biopsy is performed to determin if cancer is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually...: But there are always exceptions to any rule. Breast cancers can present as a mass, or with nipple discharge, or skin dimpling etc. The only way to know for sure and get some peace of mind is to see your doctor for an evaluation. May need mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and/or a biopsy for a definite determination. Unless you have a strong family history, odds are low you're dealing with a cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The Nature of Cancer: What makes a tumor malignant is the potential to break away from its organ of origin and take up residence in another one. Some cancer cells are better than others at travelling; others have more of a tendency to travel the longer they have been untreated. If we really understood the "why" part, we would be that much closer to curing all cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The opposite is true: Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by absent expression of the estrogen receptor [er], Progesterone receptor [pr], and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (her2). These cancers tend to behave more aggressively (grow faster) than other types of breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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