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What to do if I have been referred to a breast specialist. Is this necessary?

What to do if I have been referred to a breast specialist. Is this necessary?

Breast Specialist: Can't tell you if it is necessary to see the breast specialist if I don't know the nature of the problem. I would suspect that a referral wouldn't be made without an indication. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it normal to go see a breast specialist due to mastitis?

Is it normal to go see a breast specialist due to mastitis?

Define specialist: If you mean seeing your obgyn or pcp, most can handle your average mastitis. If you mean a general surgeon or plastic surgeon, i'd say no. They could help, but I think they would wonder why you didn't see the other docs. ...Read more

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18yr old female changes in right breast with severe pain! Refured to breast specialist with no explantation why now need scans should I be worried?

18yr old female changes in right breast with severe pain! Refured to breast specialist with no explantation why now need scans should I be worried?

Mastodynia: Severe breast pain in an 18 year old is usually due to a cyst, infection or injury. A clinical exam and ultrasound are usually all that is needed to diagnose the problem. While you are being evaluated, reduce caffeine and chocolate, and take extra vitamin e. ...Read more

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I have 2 fibroadenomas, breast specialist said no biopsy is needed. Had 2 ultrasound follow-ups. Should I worry not having a biopsy done? 25, no history.

I have 2 fibroadenomas, breast specialist said no biopsy is needed. Had 2 ultrasound follow-ups. Should I worry not having a biopsy done? 25, no history.

Talk to you doctor: Any plan about your health should be with your agreement. It is good as long as you both stick to it: you following up with your physician and your physician ordering the appropriate test. If you have regular follow ups and the aspect of the lesion doesn't change you shouldn't be worried. ...Read more

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I'm having blood discharge from my nipple. What kind of doctor is a breast specialist?

I'm having blood discharge from my nipple. What kind of doctor is a breast specialist?

Breast discharge: You may ultimately need a surgeon for biopsy, but it would be best to start with your primary care physician -- who might be a family physician or internist. Either can explore your history, examine you carefully, and make helpful recommendations. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Breast pain in left breast. Have seen gyno, breast surgeon and breast specialist. Have had 5 exams, blood work 2 ultrasounds all normal still hurting?

Breast pain in left breast. Have seen gyno, breast surgeon and breast specialist. Have had 5 exams, blood work 2 ultrasounds all normal still hurting?

Monthly hormones: It seems to me that the one thing you didn't mention is when is this the most sensitive. In most young ladies, breast pain will follow the ups and downs of the menstrual cycle. Fibrocystic breasts are the most sensitive. As long as all those studies are negative, this would be the most likely cause. ...Read more

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Should I get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Should I get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Need more info: You need to ask a few more questions. Is it a solid mass or a cyst? Are they recommending follow (i.e. New mammogram or ultrasound in 3-6months). If you do not feel you have all the answers or do not feel your current doctors answered all of your questions, then seek a 3rd opinion. ...Read more

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High risk history. (-) mammo, GP found 1.5 CM lump + dimpling. Referred to breast specialist. Symptoms in 7 months: rash, weight loss, fever. Cancer?

High risk history. (-) mammo, GP found 1.5 CM lump + dimpling. Referred to breast specialist. Symptoms in 7 months: rash, weight loss, fever. Cancer?

See breast surgeon: These findings sound suspicious but this forum is not a substitute for a doctor evaluating you in person. Please do not fear the results but take action and be proactive.
Find a surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and/or is affiliated with a breast center in your area. Good luck! ...Read more

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Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. W/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. W/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?

Call PCP for appt.: As a PCP, I feel as if I am better suited to treat this. It is not clear to me that this is a breast issue and may be a waste of time to see the other doctor. I would see the PCP, especially if you can get in sooner. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as a breast reconstruction specialist?

Can there be such a thing as a breast reconstruction specialist?

Yes: In any field in medicine, there is a wide range of physician experience and expertise. A specialist is a physician that develops expertise in a certain area through proper training and continuing education. Anyone can call themselves a specialist, but is is best for this designation to come from referring colleagues. Continual process improvement can lead to optimal outcomes for patients. ...Read more

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My wife (40) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. What questions should we ask of the specialist?

My wife (40) has been diagnosed with breast cancer. What questions should we ask of the specialist?

Specialist questions: First and foremost, what is the cell type of the breast cancer and has a stage of the disease been determined as yet? What Rx is recommended and what is the 5 year survival rate for each type of Rx.? What is the quality of life with the chemotherapy Rx that may be proposed and if invasive CA how effective will be the Rx.? Is the cancer estrogen or progesterone receptor positive or negative? ...Read more

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A doctor tried to drain a cyst in my breast, but nothing drained, I'm being sent to a specialist. What can this be?

A doctor tried to drain a cyst in my breast, but nothing drained, I'm being sent to a specialist. What can this be?

Multiple possibiliti: It could be a cyst and the needle used to aspirated it didn't reach or penetrate the cyst. This is fairly easy to do so more likely it is a solid lesion. Solid breast lesions in a young person like you is most likely a benign fibroadenoma. A surgeon can best determine what it is. It may or may not need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Wife got a letter back within a week to go see a specialist at the breast screening clinic does this mean she has cancer?

No: False positive rate is very high if a woman is getting regular screening. Here is an article that should be somewhat reassuring:

http://www. Ucsf. Edu/news/2011/10/10778/high-rate-false-positives-annual-mammogram. ...Read more

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My left breast hurts. Blood work, 2 ultrasound and diagnostic mammogram all normal. Specialist says fibrocystic but it hurts all month Idk what 2 do.?

Multiple causes: Fibrocystic changes are very common in women, and sometimes they can involve only one breast, or a part of one breast. Most doctors recommend a trial of avoiding caffeine first, which helps a large percentage of women. An infection can also cause this, and requires different treatment. Sometimes an operation is necessary. ...Read more

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I have had an ultrasound, cbc, tsh, prolactin test and 3 physical exams by two different specialists to try and figure out why my breasts are hurting. They all agree it's fibrocystic changes but how do I get the pain to stop. And should I keep pushing for

I have had an ultrasound, cbc, tsh, prolactin test and 3 physical exams by two different specialists to try and figure out why my breasts are hurting. They all agree it's fibrocystic changes but how do I get the pain to stop. And should I keep pushing for

Pushing for?: Fibrocystic changes are very difficult to be comfortable with. I've had many women tell me vitamen E. Some swear by it. Not more than 400iu. Also stay away from caffeine coffee a d soda pop. See if that helps a little. ...Read more