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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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


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Does breast cancer show up in blood tests?

Does breast cancer show up in blood tests?

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

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Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7. I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51. Black female, straight, otr, cdl driver. Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

Per my blood work, my estrogen level is 7.  I got a prscriptn for divigel but my mom had breast cancer 3 yrs ago. Pls advs. Currently in great health for 51.   Black female, straight,  otr, cdl driver.  Hysterectomy 4 yrs ago for fibroids. I get a physica

I : I share your concerns. I do not know what symptoms you are having that you were prescribed Divigel for, but i assume that you are having menopausal symptoms that you are suffering from. My concern with you would be your family history of breast cancer. In addition, there is increased cardiovascular risks in women over 50 and in women who are overweight. I am very concerned that you could have consequences from taking this medication, so please discuss your risk factors with your doctor. My concern with herbal medications is that they carry the same risk with their estrogen-like substances as regular estrogen, so the herbal medication or bio-identicals have not been proven safe in large peer-reviewed studies either. There are other non-hormonal medications that can help menopausal symptoms, such as neurontin, (gabapentin) but there are several others that you can read about or ask your doctor about as well. ...Read more

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Could breast cancer show up on a blood test?

Could breast cancer show up on a blood test?

No: Breast cancer does not show up on a blood test. Breast cancer is diagnosed by biopsy of abnormal breast lesions seen on mammogram or biopsy of a breast lump. ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to show up on a blood test?

Is it possible for breast cancer to show up on a blood test?

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

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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.

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.

Good news: It is good they cleared you, results are normal' no cardiac problem, no breast cancer , they are very good news, did they clear you from anxiety, which you have to do, work on that you will be fine, speak to your doctor again, make sure you go for your follow up visits. ...Read more

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Could doctors detect breast cancer through blood?

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

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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more