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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary.
So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...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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What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

What are the differences between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Breast & Lung Cancer: Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer arise from different parts of the body. Breast cancer almost always arises from the ducts of the breast. Lung cancer usually arises from the lining of the lung. The two cancer have different natural histories. Breast cancer may metastasize or spread to other part of the body, including the lungs ...Read more

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Can you have breast and lung cancer at the same time?

Can you have breast and lung cancer at the same time?

Yes: Either as a metastasis from one organ to the other or as two separate synchronous primary tumors. ...Read more

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Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Is there any link between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Not a direct link: Breast cancer can spread to the lungs. Very rarely, lung cancer can spread to the breasts. Some lung cancers are estrogen or Progesterone receptor positive. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Yes: It means the origin of the tumor is from the breast. It is a primary breast cancer that has spread or metastasized to the lung. ...Read more

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My grandma has breast and lung cancer. What is her prognosis with regards to survival rate?

My grandma has breast and lung cancer. What is her prognosis with regards to survival rate?

It depends: Ask her oncologist for details. In general breast cancer in post menopausal women has a good prognosis with appropriate treatment. Lung cancer however has a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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Can there be any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Can there be any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Not really: Both are malignancies
can be in anyone
both are high incidence
smokers more prevalent with lung
breast ca can metastasize to lung.
Lung metastasizes but not commonly to breast.
One of the oncologists may respond with some genome influences, but I am not aware
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Please let me know if there is any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

Please let me know if there is any correlation between breast cancer and lung cancer?

No direct Correlatio: I am not aware of a direct correlation between breast cancer, and lung cancer. ...Read more

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If my mother had primary breast and lung cancer in her mid 50’s and 60, does she likely carry a genetic faulty gene? Are they related to a syndrome?

If my mother had primary breast and lung cancer in her mid 50’s and 60, does she likely carry a genetic faulty gene? Are they related to a syndrome?

Get tested: If your mom is still alive, ask her if any genetic markings were found If yes, consider getting tested yourself. I am not aware of any syndrome depicting these two types of primary (not metastatic) cancers together. ...Read more

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My wife has secondary lung cancer, primary breast. The middle right lobe has collapsed due to external pressure. Can she fly?

My wife has secondary lung cancer, primary breast. The middle right lobe has collapsed due to external pressure. Can she fly?

Need to be checked: You need to see your lung specialist to do some pulmonary testing and see how much volume is has left and whether she is at risk for further collapse. They need to check her oxygen sats and pulmonary function tests. She should be examined before considering flying ...Read more

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Can breast pain be connected with lung cancer? I've had a mammgram and ultra sound all good. It's just in one breast.

Can breast pain be connected with lung cancer? I've had a mammgram and ultra sound all good. It's just in one breast.

Breast pain: Sounds like you have had a proper work up and screening for breast cancer / breast pain and if the breast is still causing you pain go back and see your doctor. If the pain is more in the chest again you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read more

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Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer, both passed away. What are my chances? Can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer, both passed away. What are my chances? Can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Scan not neede: Unless Mums breast Ca was genetically induced thru BRACA any development of breast Ca would be environmental and the issue resolved with mammography. Lung cancer, especially is related to smoking is not passed down in a familiar manner. Basic medical exam yearly should suffice to define need for specific scans. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, my grand father had collon cancer, my grandmother had lung cancer I had leukemia when should I start testing for the others?

My mom had breast cancer, my grand father had collon cancer, my grandmother had lung cancer I had leukemia when should I start testing for the others?

Genetic counseling: Hi tiffany,
sorry to hear ab what you/your family went through. You need to see a genetic counselor. Most large cancer centers have one. They will do a blood test or a mouth swab to check for cancer genes. Li fraumeni syndrome (and others) need to be ruled-out. When you start testing depends on the age your relatives were when diagnosed/what gene (if any) you have. Please stop smoking. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had breast cancer a year ago and had a right mastecnomy. Now they have found pleural nodules in right and left lower lobes 5mm, 4, 8mm, 2, 4mm, 4.5mm should I be worried about lung cancer.?

I had breast cancer a year ago and had a right mastecnomy. Now they have found pleural nodules in right and left lower lobes 5mm, 4, 8mm, 2, 4mm, 4.5mm should I be worried about lung cancer.?

While these are: Quite tiny, this appears ominous. It would help to know the facts at dx: tumor size, nodal status; er, pr, her-2-neu status. These would influence probabilities. Some treatment, particularly taxanes, can cause pulmonary findings. Go over this with you team, primarily medical oncologist. ...Read more

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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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My mom died from colon cancer so did her mom. My mom's sister died frm breast cancer and brother died from lung cancer. How likely am I to get cancer?

My mom died from colon cancer so did her mom. My mom's sister died frm breast cancer and brother died from lung cancer. How likely am I to get cancer?

Varies: You should see a genetic counselor who can look at your family tree and give you a better idea. The most worrisome possibility from what you have described is so far would be lynch syndrome, in which calling cancer (and others) run in families. You should definitely get a colonoscopy if you've not done so yet. For more info www. Askyourgynecologist. Org. ...Read more

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Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?

Follow closely.: The symptoms of pneumonia are typically acute, while the symptoms of cancer usually evolve over a longer time. However, the findings on chest X-Ray could be similar. The "pneumonia" should be followed by repeat chest X-Ray to make sure it resolves with treatment. If any question exists, CT scanning or bronchoscopy should be considered. ...Read more

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently I noticed a lump on my left breast and

What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently I noticed a lump on my left breast and

Hello,: Hello, it is difficult to answer this question specifically for you without being able to see the images. In general, a radiologist, a physician that looks at medical images, will assess the shape, size, margins and density of a mass to determine the chance that it might be cancer. The radiologist may use mammograms and ultrasound images to gather this information. Radiologists will recommend a biopsy for any abnormality that has a chance of being cancer that is 2% or more. "pointy edges" will raise the chance to greater than 2%. Therefore, I would follow the recommendation for biopsy.

The chance that this particular finding is cancer also depends on your age, personal history and family history. From your story I think that the most important factor is the family history. Having breast and ovarian cancer in your family will raise your personal risk. The risk is highest if it was a first-degree relative (sister or mother) that had breast or ovarian cancer. If it was grandmother or distant cousin, the risk for you is not as high. If it was mother or sister or both, this might be a sign that your family has a gene that raises the risk of some kinds of cancer. If so, I would recommend that you all talk to a medical provider that performs genetic counseling. This can help you decide if you want to make a special effort to reduce your risk or start special screening tests to help detect cancer early if it happens.

I see that you posted this question 28 days ago. I see that the biopsy likely has already happened and that you have the result. I hope that it was benign. If not, then I hope that you know that we have great treatments for breast cancer and most women are survivors. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best. ...Read more

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How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?

How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?

Very unlikely: Those two exams should be very good at ruling out tumor in the spine. Consider seeing a physical medicine specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Last 4 weeks had chronic pain under left shoulder blade & down arm & tingling fingers & sore left breast. Heating pad helps. Can this be lung cancer?

Last 4 weeks had chronic pain under left shoulder blade & down arm & tingling fingers & sore left breast. Heating pad helps. Can this be lung cancer?

Pinched nerve: The pain that you describe is more likely from a herniated disc or stenosis of the cervical spine (arthritis) than lung cancer. An MRI of the cervical spine and brachial plexus will determine if this is a spine problem or a cancer problem. See a spine specialist to determine the cause of the pain and to begin a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Depends: Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. ...Read more

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I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

Not lung cancer.: Chest pains with a cold are very common. It could be as simple as rib pain from coughing too much, or more complex if the cold progressed to become a pneumonia lung infection. If you have a persistent fever or if you're not getting better very soon, then you should see your doctor for a check up to make sure everything is OK. ...Read more

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How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

Not very: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung cancer. A proper protocol chest ct will use about the same radiation as a mammogram.
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I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

No: This is overwhelmingly likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are smoking, however, you need to stop. It will do you nothing but harm. See your doctor if you have further concerns or want advice on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

No: Cxr is not very sensitive. The best test for screening is low dose ct scan. Best staging tests are ct scan and pet scan. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

See your doctor: Symptomatic treatment of lung cancer is centered on pain and symptom control. If you have chest pressure from cancer, initial treatment is medical, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. Surgery usually has little to do with this. ...Read more

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My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

Unlikely: At age 19, non-smoker, no other risk factors, extremely unlikely. It would be best to be evaluated by your primary care physician. A comprehensive medical history, family history, social history and thorough physical exam may get you an answer or at least will get you in correct direction. Be well. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more