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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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Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Breast cancer with lymph node involvement prognosis?

Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when breast cancer has spread to the lymph node?

What exactly does it mean when breast cancer has spread to the lymph node?

See below: Can be stage 2 or higher breast cancer. Would need more information on breast tumor size, cell type, hormone receptors, tumor dna. Will need surgery for lumpectomy & removal of some axillary lymph nodes, chemotherapy, radiation therapy. The oncologist that has all the information can be much more informative. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for breast cancer with lymph node involvement?

What is the survival rate for breast cancer with lymph node involvement?

Need More Info: There are lots of variables that help estimate survival, including tumor size, type, number of lymph nodes involved, and additional factors such as comorbidities (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, etc). Here's a good reference: http://sgoti.Ws/upp2y2 good luck. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

What are the characteristics of a cancerous armpit lymph node from breast cancer? Hard, immobile, etc?

Not easy to tell: It's common to have a palpable node or two there. Metastatic disease tends to produce large nodes and they may be matted and/or fixed to the chest. If you have no breast mass and the nodes aren't obviously abnormal, I wouldn't worry. ...Read more

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My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

My aunt is diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3 which is slightly spreaded to lymph node. Is it curable?

Yes: There are cure rates for stage iii breast cancer. Here is a good resource to read more: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/breast-cancer. ...Read more

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It was I that has the lymph node my mother died at 46 from breast cancer and my grandmother died at 61 from breast cancer.

It was I that has the lymph node my mother died at 46 from breast cancer and my grandmother died at 61 from breast cancer.

Need Genetic test: If your mother had breast cancer at 46 and grandmother died at 61, you have a very strong family hx of breast cancer suggesting the possibility of a gene mutation. You should undergo a biopsy under ultrasound. Depending on your insurance, you may also be a candidate for BRCA genetic testing. Genetic testing will help determine what type of treatment and screening you should undergo. ...Read more

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Do all stage 1 breast cancer patients without lymph node involvement have to take chemo?

Do all stage 1 breast cancer patients without lymph node involvement have to take chemo?

On the contrary: The decision to recommend chemotherapy is based on the stage of the cancer, the pt's age, as well as the molecular features, including the estrogen-, progesterone-, & her2/neu receptor status +/-oncotype-dx recurrence score. Stage i-, ln(-) pts may have no chemo-, hormonal rx, or chemotherapy recommended based on the above factors. ...Read more

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Should stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement generally receive chemo?

Should stage 1 breast cancer patients with no lymph node involvement generally receive chemo?

Sometimes: While the prognosis for stage 1 breast cancer is excellent, many women may benefit from traditional chemotherapy. This is dependent on the age of the patient, whether the tumor is hormone-sensitive, if the her2/neu receptor is overexpressed, and, in select cases, what the oncotype-dx score is. While "negative" lymph nodes are very encouraging, some breast cancers may travel via the bloodstream. ...Read more

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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