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Doctor insights on: Fibroid Breast Tumors

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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I have fibroid cysts in my breasts. A big guy gave me a hug today that hurt my right breast. I then heard a PoP. Could that have been a cyst?

I have fibroid cysts in my breasts. A big guy gave me a hug today that hurt my right breast. I then heard a PoP. Could that have been a cyst?

Maybe/maybe not: Fibrocystic breasts usually have very small cysts and are not likely to "pop" like bubble wrap. However, if it were a larger cyst, that may have been possible. Either way, it is a good idea to check the breasts again for any lumps or knot and see a MD if you are unsure. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with fibroids in my breast. My left breast is the worst. I had a mammogram, it was normal. My question is what does that mean exactly?

I was diagnosed with fibroids in my breast. My left breast is the worst. I had a mammogram, it was normal. My question is what does that mean exactly?

Fibroadenomas?: Do you mean fibroadenomas, or fibrous breast tissue? If fibroadenomas, how were they diagnosed? If you have dense breasts, it is possible for visualization of a fibroadenoma or other lesion to be obscurred by the generalized breast density, so the mammo would look normal. ...Read more

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How do I expel breast fibroid by herbal therapy?

How do I expel breast fibroid by herbal therapy?

Highly unlikely: Estrogen from your hormones may excite the nodule but a breat mass showed be biopsied or removed. You need to prove that it is not a malignancy even at 38 yrs old. ...Read more

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What to do if I have calcium deposits in my right breast as of november 2013, in the past had removed fibroids non cancer?

What to do if I have calcium deposits in my right breast as of november 2013, in the past had removed fibroids non cancer?

Clustered needs bx: Calcium comes in many different forms in the breast. First discovered with mammography. When diffuse, no significance seen. When clustered and in micro form, if there are more than ten in the cluster, biopsy recommended because of a significant incidence on in-situ carcinoma. ...Read more

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It is safe have surgery dealing with TB and Chronic granulomas??? I have 5.5 fibroid and Lymph node in my breast again needs be removed. Worried maybe

It is safe have surgery dealing with TB and Chronic granulomas??? I have 5.5 fibroid and Lymph node in my breast again needs be removed. Worried maybe

Safe: Yes surgery is safe, but that doesn't mean the risk is zero. And that low risk is for a group of people, not an individual. While the odds of a complication are very low, it is unpredictable for an individual. Ask your surgeons about the anticipated postop course, and what complications they have seen. If they say they've never had complications, find another surgeon. One that's honest. ...Read more

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I am 20. And I feel a lump in my left breast. Is it a tumor? 2 years ago my doc told me it was a fibroid? Is there any way other than surgery?

I am 20. And I feel a lump in my left breast. Is it a tumor? 2 years ago my doc told me it was a fibroid? Is there any way other than surgery?

Unlikely cancer: It is fairly common in your age group to present with a "breast lump." the most common causes are benign - fibroadenoma or cyst. Breast cancer is extremely rare in teenagers. Consult your physician. They may order a breast ultrasound to verify. In many cases, no treatment is necessary. However, you may choose to have it removed if your surgeon or you are concerned. ...Read more

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What is causing all my calcifications? In the breast, neck, fibroids (had hyst,)now need spleen removed because of calcification on it

What is causing all my calcifications? In the breast, neck, fibroids (had hyst,)now need spleen removed because of calcification on it

Calcifications: Have you been worked up by a physician for this issue? Calcification can be due to electrolyte abnormalities in the body as well as diet, genetics, alcohol intake, medications, etc... Consider seeing an endocrinologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had several mammograms. And ultrasound of my left breast, findings so far where two fibroids or two mass, could it be cancer?

Yesterday I had several mammograms. And ultrasound of my left breast, findings so far where two fibroids or two mass, could it be cancer?

From the limited: Information provided, it sounds like the probability of cancer is low. However, depending on the ultrasound/mammographic characteristics of the masses (possible Fibroadenomas I gather), one or both of them could require serial follow up or needle biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Talk to your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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44yrs neg bloodtest twice. Linea nigra from bra to panty, montgomery glands, much bigger breasts, huge belly, light 1day menses. Sex july 28th. Fibroid?

44yrs neg bloodtest twice. Linea nigra from bra to panty, montgomery glands, much bigger breasts, huge belly, light 1day menses. Sex july 28th. Fibroid?

Pregnany testing: Intersting case. I suggest a GYN exam, treansvaginal US and a blood (HCG) pregnancy test, You did not mention if you are having regular cycles or if yor sexual activity was protected. Please get a GYN exam ASAP. ...Read more

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Swollen, movable lymph nodes in my neck that have the same texture as breast fibroids. Does that sound like Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Swollen, movable lymph nodes in my neck that have the same texture as breast fibroids. Does that sound like Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Lymph nodes: You cannot determine the cause of an abnormal lymph nodes swollen by feeling the lymph node. Depending on your other symptoms a lymph node biopsy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Burning sensation which started in left abdomen maybe ovaries after a very heavy period it has moved around my body to right side abdomen both breasts and front of calves what could be causing this I also have a lot of relatively large fibroids?

Burning sensation which started in left abdomen maybe ovaries after a very heavy period it has moved around my body to right side abdomen both breasts and front of calves what could be causing this I also have a lot of relatively large fibroids?

Could be fibroids: Fibroids are the most common cause of heavy periods. The pain you describe could also be due to fibroids. When large they can press on pelvic nerves to cause pain in the pelvis, hips, buttocks, thighs, and down the legs. Talk to your doctor. While many places would obtain a pelvic ultrasound, pelvic MRI would actually be better. It delineates the fibroids to see if they correlate with your pain. ...Read more

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I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen. Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

I have uterine fibroids & therefore hesitant to take tamoxifen. Are there other alternatives to tamoxifen for breast cancer patients?

Yes your doctor can: Your doctor (oncologist) can help address this problem.
Tamoxifen is safe to use despite having Fibroids. But there is another medicine which can be used instead of tamoxifen especially in women over the age of 50 years. These drugs called AIs (Letrozole and Anastrozole) are more commonly used instead of tamoxifen at the present time./ ...Read more

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Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Is mucinous breast cancer linked to ovarian cancer? Had mucinous b.C. In 2006. Need hysterectomy due to fibroid but don't want to give up ovaries.

Hyst? /oophorectomy: At 49 years old, you have very little use for your ovaries. If you are going to have a hysterectomy done anyway for the bleeding from your fibroids, you should seriously considering removing the fallopian tubes and the ovaries as well. They are sites for future disease. ...Read more

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How fast can breast cancer spread? In feb 2011, my obgyn told me that he felt lumps in both my breasts, but said they felt like fibroids. I've been having pain in the left breast since mid march (top part and the outter fatty part of breast), but not in t

How fast can breast cancer spread? In feb 2011, my obgyn told me that he felt lumps in both my breasts, but said they felt like fibroids. I've been having pain in the left breast since mid march (top part and the outter fatty part of breast), but not in t

Self: Self breast awareness is key in detecting breast cancer at an early stage. There are different types of breast cancer. Some forms are more aggressive than others. Any abnormality in your breasts should not be ignored and you should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can extra fibroid in breast mean breast cancer? Doctor found some and requested a sonogram

Can extra fibroid in breast mean breast cancer? Doctor found some and requested a sonogram

Do you mean: Fibroadenomas? They are common benign tumors, many women have multiple fibroadenomas. They are not cancerous, nor do they increase the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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CA 125 increased from 85 to 118 in less than a month with symptoms of breast lumps, fibroids and TSH and free T4 higher than normal range?

CA 125 increased from 85 to 118 in less than a month with symptoms of breast lumps, fibroids and TSH and free T4 higher than normal range?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, CA 125, despite its name, is not a marker for cancer and can be elevated in benign conditions. You may visit this site for info: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/ca-125-test/basics/results/prc-20009524 ...Read more

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Cyclic breast and abd pain, ultrasound showed fibroids and cysts, breast pain EXTREME, left always worse. Any other treatments besides birth control?

Cyclic breast and abd pain, ultrasound showed fibroids and cysts, breast pain EXTREME, left always worse. Any other treatments besides birth control?

Fibrocystic disease: NSAIDS would help. Also you can put some ice packs/cold compress to the breast. Cut down certain food/beverages like coffee/caffeinated beverages, tea, mints, chocolate as they can cause breast tenderness. Take care. ...Read more

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For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

For 2weeks I have had horrible itching on one nipple. No skin changes, or discharge. I am a high risk for breast cancer and have many fibroids?

No cancer: For the most part cancers arise in the breast in association with intraductal pathology. There is micro Ca clustered in one area but asymptomatic. Itching of nipple with no lesion to suggest Pagets would be related to possible histamine release in area with no known cause. At 58 mammo indicated and if all neg use xylocaine (lidocaine) ointment on nipple. ...Read more

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Hard pregnant like belly&leaking breasts along w/other pregnancy like symptoms. Not pregnant. No ovarian cysts or fibroids&thyroids fine. What's wrong?

Hard pregnant like belly&leaking breasts along w/other pregnancy like symptoms. Not pregnant. No ovarian cysts or fibroids&thyroids fine. What's wrong?

Check prolactin: Hi. Clearly we can't make a diagnosis without an evaluation and labs. But ANYTIME a non-pregnant woman has galactorrhea ("leaking breasts"), we docs wanna see a prolactin. Have your periods stopped? I'm voting for elevated prolactin. ...Read more

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Can fibroids and/or endometriosis cause hormone fluctuations? Breast pain and swelling, abdominal pain and swelling, not pregnant.

Can fibroids and/or endometriosis cause hormone fluctuations? Breast pain and swelling, abdominal pain and swelling, not pregnant.

Hormones screwed up: The out of balance hormones cause the other problems and are first. The underlying problem may be toxins the are causing the entire set of problems. ...Read more

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Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts, fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts, fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Muliple issues: I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease are all separate issues. Get yourself in the hands of an expert or experts-ASAP. ...Read more

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No period in 3 yrs bloated & heavy breasts but not pregnant, no hot flashes always cold. Have thyroid nodules and fibroids. Is this menopause or pcos?

Probably neither...: Please see a doctor -live, in person - not everything can be diagnosed online, and you sound like you could use the help...Do it. ...Read more

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44 yrs, pre-menopause. Weight loss (almost 20 lbs in 2 months) fatigue, appetite loss. CT scan revealed bilateral adnexal cysts, enlarged uterus, pelvic fluid. Also diagnosed with probable fibroadenoma in left breast. Neg fibroids. What could it be?

44 yrs, pre-menopause. Weight loss (almost 20 lbs in 2 months) fatigue, appetite loss. CT scan revealed bilateral adnexal cysts, enlarged uterus, pelvic fluid. Also diagnosed with probable fibroadenoma in left breast. Neg fibroids. What could it be?

Wt loss: You need a complete blood picture including Thyroid profile and pituitary work up to determine what is going on in your body. Trust your physician to put all the pieces together and come up with the correct diagnosis ...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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What are the signs of a fibroid tumor?

Signs and symptoms: Clinical manifestation can include- heavy menses, dysmenorrhea, pressure/discomfort on pelvic are- which depends on the bulk of the fibroids, difficulty to get pregnant and miscarriages. Due to heavy menses, people can have iron deficiency anemia that can be presented with weakness, fatigue/dizziness etc. ...Read more

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Can fibroid tumors bleed or have a leakage?

May cause bleeding: Fibroids do not directly bleed or discharge fluids, but can cause heavy menstral bleeding by their location, midcycle breakthrough bleeding by irritation, and if a fibroid prolapses (pushes out of cervix) may cause a watery discharge. The later is of significant concern and should be evaluated asap! ...Read more

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Do taking hair vitamins make fibroid tumors grow?

Do taking hair vitamins make fibroid tumors grow?

Not sure about this.: Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus. The exact cause remains unknown. However, its growth is stimulated by hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. I am not sure of vitamins being associated with it. So will research this one. ...Read more

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My mother has fibroids. What kind of tumor is a fibroid? What's it made of?

My mother has fibroids. What kind of tumor is a fibroid? What's it made of?

Myoma: Uterine fibroids are benign tumors arising from the smooth muscle in the uterus. They can grow within the walls of the uterus, in the uterine cavity or towards the outside of the uterus. They usually cause excessive bleeding, enlargement of the uterus, pain. ...Read more

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If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

If I have fibroids can that be from a malignant tumor and not a benign tumor?

Fibroids: A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman's uterus (womb). Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle that is normally found in the wall of the uterus. They can develop within the uterine wall itself or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. ...Read more

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Will I have to have surgery right away if I've been diagnosed with a uterine fibroid/tumor?

Usually no: Uterine fibroids are extremely common and may be asymptomatic. Surgery may be needed if fibroids cause symptoms that can be relieved only by surgery. Unless the fibroids are causing profuse bleeding, there would not be a reason to have surgery immediately. ...Read more

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A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

A recent scan shows I have ovarian cyst and fibroid tumors. Can one surgical procedure take care of the cyst and fibroid tumors?

Yes: A laparoscopic procedure could likely take care of both procedures, depending on size and location of fibroid, in addition to skill of surgeon. Otherwise, they could also make a cut in the abdomen, like for a cesarean, and remove both as well that way. Again, all of this depends on the size and location of the cyst and fibroid. If the fibroid is in uterine lining, then a hysteroscopy better. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata (fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain (aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more