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Lymphedema Breast Cancer
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
Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?
Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?
Can improve: Lymphedema can be seen after both node dissection and sentinel node biopsy and having a mastectomy or lumpectomy doesn't make a difference. Ways to improve this includes (1) compression sleeves, (2) arm exercises / physical therapy, and (3) weight reduction if overweight or obese. Would recommend going to a lymphedema clinic if there is one in your area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: There have been many advances in breast cancer from newer radiology testing modalities, new ways to test dna in the breast cancer cells to help determine best treatments, new radiation therapy options, as well as newer types of surgery to help preserve the breast tissue. The advances are so numerous it is hard to describe in this short answer venue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a recurring rash on my right breast. Should I be worried that it is inflammatory breast cancer?
No: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive lesion that is not found to be associated with a recurring rash. The lesion represents subcutaneous lymphatic cancer and as such when examined presented as a defined lesion with margins that are elevated secondary to the subcutaneous lymphedema associated with this lesion. Untreated, it progresses rapidly ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on treatment: This is a complex question. Each treatment-surgery, radiation, chemo, hormonal- has it's own uniques set of side effects. In addition, not everyone will experience side effects. The good news is that most side effects can be managed with treatment or medications. Be sure to ask your oncology team questions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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