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Intraductal Breast Cancer
For a 5mm intraductal breast cancer with 1mm of invasion, taken at lumpectomy and then a mastectomy performed, how many lymphs should be removed?
It depends: The current standard is to perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy; if (+), additional nodes are removed (unless radiation therapy planned, which would not be the case with this minimal tumor). The median number of sentinel nodes people have are 2-3, however some have 1, others can have many more--this does not reflect the tumor but rather the way the breast drains towards the armpit. ...Read more
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
What is the normal timescale
in finding a breast cancer and being operated on? In relation to 5mm of intraductal carcinoma grade 3?
Varies: This can depend on your overall health, your surgical risks, timing of getting a surgeon consultation. Availability of the operating room, scheduling with radiology to localize such a small lesion of 5 mm. Etc. This may take 1-3 weeks to schedule depending on these and other potential factors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread
Possibly IBC: Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: Breast pain and nipple discharge are infrequently signs of cancer. Pain may be related to fibrocystic changes or perhaps infection or inflammation. Nipple discharge may be due to a intraductal papilloma, a benign tumor within the duct system (usually near the nipple). You should have a physical exam, and possibly ultrasound to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it reasonable to have a mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer and not have chemo or radiation?
It Depends: A mastectomy does not guarantee you won't need chemo or radiation. The tumor's "personality" determines that. After a mastectomy, you might need chemo if the tumor is aggressive. Chemo treats your whole body to kill cancer that may have traveled. You might need radiation if you have positive lymph nodes, or if cancer was near the incision site. Ask your oncologist. It's complicated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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