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Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

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Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

Brain mets: Breast cancer can spread to lymph glands, lung, liver, bones as well as brain. Nowadays, with many different chemotherapies and other biological/targeted treatment available for breast cancer -that makes patients with breast cancer live longer, the incidence of brain metastasis increases, unfortunately. ...Read more

Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


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If someone has a sense of imbalance, and that was only symptom, how likely would it be for it to be a brain tumor somewhere in the brain?

If someone has a sense of imbalance, and that was only symptom, how likely would it be for it to be a brain tumor somewhere in the brain?

Unlikely: Dizziness is more commonly associated with an inner ear problem… not necessarily a brain tumor. This would be low on the list of differential diagnoses. In addition, you are fairly young which would lower the likelihood of having a brain tumor even more. ...Read more

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Doctors thought it to be a brain tumor, ADEM, and now cortical dysplasia is it still possible for the mass to be a brain tumor? thanks!

Doctors thought it to be a brain tumor, ADEM, and now cortical dysplasia is it still possible for the mass to be a brain tumor? thanks!

Different: It should be obvious which one of these is which based on MRI characteristics. Sometimes a follow up study will help. It sounds like it is not a brain tumor if the other two are possibilities. More information is needed to make a better decision. ...Read more

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How likely is it to have a brain tumor at 22?

How likely is it to have a brain tumor at 22?

Low: It will announce itself as a personality change, headaches, nausea, or seizures. Less often, a focal deficit. Your physician knows how to screen you. You are at a very difficult age and life's hardships always produce some symptoms that mimic bran disease. ...Read more

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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?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler, Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible. ...Read more

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A mass was found in my fathers brain xray? Should automatically assume it is a brain tumor or is there something less serious it could be?

A mass was found in my fathers brain xray? Should automatically assume it is a brain tumor or is there something less serious it could be?

Don't assume: Most brain masses are not cancer. There are many benign (not cancer) causes of a mass in the brain. If your doctor said the mass has characteristics highly suggestive of cancer then you could assume it is until you have information otherwise. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a benign tumor and malignant tumor in one breast?

Is it possible to have a benign tumor and malignant tumor in one breast?

Yes: One type of tumor does not exclude the other type and both can occur in the same breast. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a nodule and not a tumor in the bronchi

Is it  possible to have a nodule and not a tumor in the bronchi

Definition: Actually, the terms nodule and tumor are essentially synonymous. If you're asking if a brochial mass (tumor, nodule, growth, neoplasm) can be benign and not a cancer, the answer is yes. I'm sure you're in capable hands now, and the appropriate investigation will be done. Good luck. ...Read more

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How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

How big does a brain tumor have to be for a doctor to decide that it is inoperable?

Depends: It really depends on multiple factors, especially type of tumor and location. ...Read more

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It is possible that a person be really sick from brain cancer and chemo and still have fun?

It is possible that a person be really sick from brain cancer and chemo and still have fun?

Sure.: Any "fun" anyone has is usually related to their outlook and attitude they have on life, no matter how bad it is. My wife and i were married when her father was terminal with 3 different cancers. He still danced with his youngest daughter at her wedding (even though we had a nurse right behind him with a wheelchair the whole time). He passed away 10 days later. ...Read more

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Is the primary tumor in sclc hard to visualize on imaging? If so does this mean it is cancer of unknown primary if you can find it only in lymph node

Is the primary tumor in sclc hard to visualize on imaging? If so does this mean it is cancer of unknown primary if you can find it only in lymph node

See below: The primary tumor for small cell lung cancer is usually easy to visualize on CT scan. If it is SCLC, that is the primary type. Often, the cancer develops in lymph nodes and if there is no primary tumor, only enlarged nodes, this is likely the primary site. ...Read more

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How likely am i to survive a brain tumor? If you have a cancerous brain tumor, what is the survival rate?

How likely am i to survive a brain tumor? If you have a cancerous brain tumor, what is the survival rate?

What kind of tumor: There are many kinds of brain tumors. Many of them are benign. An estimate of your prognoses/chances of survival will depend on the pathology of the tumor as well as its location/size and presence or absence of metastasis. ...Read more

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How big would a tumor have to be to cause a midline shift or mass effect in the brain? Is this what rads. Look for on cts or the actual tumor?

How big would a tumor have to be to cause a midline shift or mass effect in the brain? Is this what rads. Look for on cts or the actual tumor?

Depends: Midline shift can be caused by a tumor or by the edema (or swelling) around it so there is no specific size that will cause midline shift. A ct scan is to look for mass effect, swelling and bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a pelvic CT scan to not detect a tumor in the rectum? How likely is that?

Diagnosing rectal ca: Some symptoms may be due to benign conditions and are not necessarily cancer. Pelvic ct scans are routinely used to detect rectal cancers, but small cancers may escape detection. A qualified physician should perform a physical exam and order additional tests, usually a combination of scans, blood tests (including tumor markers), plus colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell of benign breast tumor from cancer by feel?

Is it possible to tell of benign breast tumor from cancer by feel?

No: While some lumps may feel more worrisome to a trained professional, it is easy to get fooled. The only way to differentiate a benign lump from a malignant one is by looking at tissue under a microscope, a biopsy. This can be safely and easily performed under local anesthesia either in your breast doctor's office or a breast center. ...Read more

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Is it possible that breast tumor and thyroid tumor be linked to one another?

Is it possible that breast tumor and thyroid tumor be linked to one another?

Breast cancer: Part of and breast cancer evaluation should look at this. Many times thyroid nodules are benign. If you have a thyroid issue it can be entirely independent if the breast issue. ...Read more

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Ok so is it just as likely to experience symptoms from a 2.6cm (or smaller) lung nodule as it is from a lung mass?

Ok so is it just as likely to experience symptoms  from a 2.6cm (or smaller) lung nodule as it is from a lung mass?

Variable: Most small masses, nodules, lesions of that size are asymptomatic! the incidental finding is good luck. Depending on exact location, bronchoscopy may define the cause most will be removed. Some will biopsy first, but the thoracic surgeon will guide this with you. ...Read more

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If you recover from breast cancer how likely is it that you will get cancer of the ovaries?

If you recover from breast cancer how likely is it that you will get cancer of the ovaries?

Rare: App. 10% of women with breast cancer have the hereditary form of breast cancer, who may have a 15-40% chance of also developing ovarian cancer. The other 90% of women with breast cancer should have no greater risk of ovarian ca (1.5%) as the general population. ...Read more

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