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Breast Tumors Types
See mammo: The breast is susceptible to hormonal and malignant changes. In the former situation fibrocystic changes are the most common. In the latter, on sees infiltrating ductal carcinoma, lobular carcinoma, lymphoma and other variant diseases which can be failrly well defined by mammogram or better by MRI.
Either/Or: A common misconception is that if a woman has a tender, painful lump in their breast, it is unlikely to be cancer. While it is true that many women with breast cancer do not have breast pain, the presence of pain does not exclude cancer as the cause. Bottom line: a new lump in the breast, painful or not, warrants medical evaluation.See 1 more doctor answer
Big difference: Breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac within your breast ; is predominantly non-cancerous (benign). They don't require treatment unless large, painful or uncomfortable.In that case, draining the fluid from a breast cyst can ease your symptoms. Tumor is a solid mass of abnormal tissue. There are two types of breast tumors: benign and malignant (cancerous).See www.Nationalbreastcancer.Org/breast-tumors.See 2 more doctor answers
After bx: On examination a true lesion in a women past 40 yrs of age ,when fibroadenomas don't present denovo, will feel like a firm lump when pt. examined with hand behind side being examined. This in distinction to fibrocytic changes that are soft and diffuse. On mammo the lesion appears as a stellate mass, May be associated with skin dimpling. Bx definitive for diagnosis.
Sometimes: Sometimes when chemotherapy or estrogen-blockers are given prior to surgery, it completely eradicates the tumor in the breast. However the only way to prove that is to do the surgery to examine the tissue on a microscopic level. Imaging tests are not accurate enough to tell you that the tumor is gone with certainty.
Iam46 i had a tumor removed frm my r breast benign. 3 years ago. Now I have swellibg above the collorbone same side and in mychest. Should i worry?
Yes : Within reason. Despite the benign diagnosis, some cancers spread to the nodes above the clavicle, though rarely breast. See a surgeon.
May need biopsy.: Calcifications won't turn into anything, but rather are a sign that something is going on in that area. There are different types of calcifications and depending on their appearance, may require a biopsy to rule out early breast cancer or in situ breast cancer (DCIS). There are many types of calcifications that don't need a biopsy and if biopsy proven to be benign, they don't need to be excised.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Especially if the tumor is presented more like a pancake than a lump.See 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: All surgery has some risk, but in general breast cancer surgery is very safe. It is certainly much safer than not having such surgery when there is a diagnosis of suspected or proven cancer. Risks include bad reactions to anesthesia and infection, but both of these are very rare. Thousands of such operations are done without complications every year.
Variable: Different tumors grow at different rates. In general it takes a breast cancer about four years to become palpable from the time of onset. If left untreated a breast cance has an average life span of about four years from the time of diagnosis. These are average figures with wide variations among different tumors and patients.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Easily felt tumors can be surgically excised using local or general anesthetic. If too small or too deep to be felt, ultrasound or mammogram localization with needle or dye is used to guide removal. Some benign "tumors" may be cysts- and are collapsed by sucking out the fluid through a needle and syringe. After removal, benign tumors should be confirmed with pathology to rule out cancer.See 1 more doctor answer
NO: If this is cancer, there are no herbs available. The proven methods of chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy and surgery are the standard of care and the reasons why so many women are survivors. This can be an overwhelming and scary time but seek out a team of doctors who will provide standard of care options and listen to your fears and concerns.See 1 more doctor answer