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Does Breast Cancer Show Up In Blood Tests
Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?
Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more
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
Not really.: Apart from tests for genetic markers, breast cancer is usually diagnosed from self exam or mammography where a mass is detected. If it persists throughout the cycle, or is in postmenopausal women, it should be aspirated. If the fluid is bloody or leaves a residual mass, or the original mass is solid, a mammogram and excisional biopsy are done. ...Read more
What are the necessary blood tests after treatment of breast cancer to detect if your ok. Is ca 125 important?
No: Ca-125 not important for breast cancer. Good test for ovarian cancer. The most important things are routine physical exam. Most recurrences are found by the patient or the physician. Hope this helps. No routine blood tests have been shown to be of benefit. However, if someone received chemotherapy, I typically check blood because they received chemo. ...Read more
I went for blood tests today to check tumour markers as I have previous breast cancer history. I ould only get 2 tubes of blood but needed 4. I am also going for a bone scan. Opinions?
Ask your doc: You should ask your treating physician if the extra tubes are necessary. If they are return to the lab once you are fully hydrated. ...Read more
No: As of today, all blood tests looking for tumor markers, that is molecules representing the tumor, that are shed into the blood stream are carbohydrate in origin. Ie. Ca 125, ca 19.9 are markers with the ca prefix represent carbohydrate antibody, such markers are seen in many tumors and many cases of organ inflammation. As such they can only be used for monitoring. ...Read more
Breast cancer survival, treatment over in oct 13. Fever for 3 days, blood test shows all ok except nutraphil 85% lyphocyte 12% azithromycine 500 3 day?
I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows I'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.
After finding a breast lump, I had a blood test that came back normal. Could it still be breast cancer?
Yes: Breast CA diagnosed by biopsy not a blood test ...Read more
After finding a breast lump, I had a blood test that came back normal. Is it still possible to have breast cancer?
Yes! Yes! Yes!: There is not a blood test to detect breast cancer. If there is an abnormal lump, you need a mammogram and ultrasound and then a biopsy to make a diagnosis. Only a biopsy, which is taking a sample of the lump, can determine if you do or do not have breast cancer. A biopsy can be done with a needle and results obtained in 24-72hours. See a breast specialist for evaluation-do not delay! ...Read more
I am a breast cancer survival - do I need to do the tumour markers blood test -ca153, ca19.9, ca12.5, cea, afp?
Generally no: Standards of care in the us do not recommend routine tumor marker testing in cancer survivors (we usually do ca 27.29 for breast cancer). Markers are mostly useful to assess response to therapy in patients with advanced cancer. That said, many oncologists (myself included) will sometimes order routine markers in cancer survivors depending on the circumstances. ...Read more
After finding a breast lump, I had a blood test that came back with normal blood count, is it still a possibility to have breast cancer?
Blood tests don't he: No blood tests would help to diagnose breast cancer. The only way to diagnose cancer is biopsy of the lump once it is confirmed to be real on an x-ray (mammogram). So you are advised to find a doctor who knows how to investigate a lump in breast, which most dcotors do. But a physical exam is the first step in order to decide if an x-ray or ultrasound is needed. Any palpable lump requires biopsy. ...Read more
I am a breast cancer survivor (diagnosed in 2000). On my last blood test my lymphocyte% was 23% and sodium was 135, should I be concerned?
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
Just had my 4th blood test for elevated AST & ALT since 3/13. Alt 101. Ast 58. 3 yrs from breast cancer &on tamoxifen. Shd I be getting some tests?
Hard to tell: ..With the info provided. Are they high but stable or are they progressively going up? What other meds you take? Any concerning symptom? In a way, you are getting tests, your doc has opted to follow up your lfts periodically. I think you need to voice your concerns to him/her so that he/she goes over this and the future plan of attack. Best to you. ...Read more
Is it common for people who are using herceptin (trastuzumab) as a breast cancer treatment to have raised liver blood test readings?
Not usually: Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a pretty safe drug. As far as I know it does not affect liver functions. But many other drugs including chemotherapy can increase the liver enzymes. You should ask you oncologist to confirm it with the drug manufacturer or from a drug information source. ...Read more
36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?
Possible but...: ...Unlikely. If the breast cancer spread to the liver or the bones, you may sometimes see elevations of certain enzymes or calcium levels. Also, if for reasons unexplained, a patient gets a ca27.29 (aka tumor marker) drawn, it may be elevated if there is cancer. Please understand that bloodwork, especially the ca27.29, is not a proper screening for breast cancer. ...Read more
Can you tell me if I have breast cancer or if it's my anxiety. Would my blood results have shown some abnormality if I had breast cancer?
Unlikely: Why do you think you have breast cancer? Please discuss this with your doctor. If you have a new breast lump you need an evaluation asap. Routine blood work will most likely not lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer. That is why we recommend mammograms (if you have no family history and a normal breast exam we usually start at age 40) and breast exams. Best of luck. ...Read more
Osteolysis and hypercalcemia not uncommon in metastatic breast Ca to bone. It is primarily mediated by osteoclast not a direct effect of tumor cells but by factors that stimulate osteoclast production and action.
Breast Ca cells in bone also express parathyroid-related protein (PTHrP). Locally produced PTHrP causes osteolysis that can be ameliorated by administration of anti-PTH mAbs and chemo ...Read more
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
How suseptable can a woman be to breast cancer if she already suffers from suger diabeates and high blood pressure?
My friend has been coughing blood and having chest pains. Does it mean she has breast cancer? She even loses her breath.
theses are not symptoms of breast cancer. If she is a teenager it is unlikely to be cancer but she should be seen asap. It could be an infection that needs to be treated. She should see her doctor or go to the er for an evaluation. Thank you. ...Read more
Wife had breast cancer 1 yr ago, now her blood pressure is running very high. 180/120. Dr gave her meds but it has not come down.?
What can you do when you can't take hormones do to blood clots and breast cancer to help with symtoms?
Menopausal symptoms can be helped by diet, exercise, yoga and meditation. Some women find benefit with ssri's which are used to treat depression. You may want to talk with a doctor trained in alternative medicine. Visit menopause, org
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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?
If I had nipple discharge with some blood at the age 9 or 10 was that a sign of Breast cancer. I'm 23 now. Help reassure me?
The discharge many years ago was due to hormonal changes. You need not worry about breast cancer.
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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
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
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