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Nodule In Breast Is It Breast Cancer
Some cancers: Can grow quickly, with significant size change in a few months. Others can be more indolent and may look stable for years. A few months of stability is not adequate follow up to make a determination, but if your nodule was biopsied, and the results were benign and concordant, there is no reason to think it is not benign. ...Read more
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
Can you have breast cancer without microcalcifications? Mammogram shows nodules, but no microcalcifications. 3mm, 9mm, and 7mm. All asymmetry
See Disclaimer: A typical mammogram will often cite a disclaimer stating something like a negative mammogram cannot exclude a malignancy. That means you cannot draw broad blanket conclusions, one way or the other, about micro-calcifications. You should have your breasts evaluated further by a breast surgeon. ...Read more
Is breast cancer risk increased with suspicious bilateral microcalcification clusters and large thickened nodule w/neg. Us? How much?
Walk B4 U Run: Breast microcalcifications are very common, some of which may be associated with cancer. Radiologists will deem those suspicious enough to warrant biopsy as "birads 4 or 5". If so, the next step is to have a (nonsurgical) biopsy for definitive diagnosis. A nodule seen on mammography but not on ultrasound will also be categorized as above. Your next step is to speak w/the dr. Who ordered the mamm. ...Read more
Breast cancer in 2004. Estrogen+. 2 nodes involved. Stage 2. Just had memmo, ultra f nodule looks benign like intramammory lymph node. Take it out?
Had breast cancer (6 yrs ago) and us shows I have hypodense solid nodules on my thyroid. Should I be concerned and what would you recommend doing now?
See your doctor: You were obviously diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age (23) which is always concerning and puts you at risk for other cancers just by being a cancer survivor yourself. You shouldn't ignore any new findings like this. A biopsy might be necessary to rule out a second cancer especially if you received radiation to the chest/neck area. Please see your doctor. ...Read more
History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?
Possible: Most likely your doctor will do aspiration biopsy (FNS) in the office wait for the results, in general prognosis is excellent in most of the thyroid cancers. 44 yr old can expect cure, speak to your doctor ...Read more
Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?
Favorable Response: Pet provides the benefit of early identification of ineffective chemotherapy, particularly metastatic breast cancer, as various alternative treatment options are available & allows patients to be spared the toxicities of ineffective treatments. Complete metabolic response is a great prognostic indicator with significantly increased overall survival compared to patients showing no response. ...Read more
Utz shows nodule is most likely fibroadenoma 1cm x 0.4cm. I'm 29 y/o do I need FNA biopsy. My mom has breast cancer?
Fibroadenoma: Fibroadenoma is a benign well circumscribed tumor with two components, epithelium and stroma. Only very rarely is the epithelium found to be atypical enough to be called carcinoma in situ and much more rarely to have invasive cancer. Another tumor called phyllodes Tumor can resemble Fibroadenoma closely and does have malignant variants. Good pathology exam is useful here. FNA or core bx OK. ...Read more
Treatment of acase of locally advanced bilatral breast cancer large fungtic mass likley it occupay all left breast area with pulmonary small nodule?
Left breast cancer in 2004 stage 2 hormone+. Feb 2013 mammo triang shaped nodule in right breast typical of benign lesion as lymph node. Take it out?
I had breast cancer a year ago and had a right mastecnomy. Now they have found pleural nodules in right and left lower lobes 5mm, 4, 8mm, 2, 4mm, 4.5mm should I be worried about lung cancer.?
While these are: Quite tiny, this appears ominous. It would help to know the facts at dx: tumor size, nodal status; er, pr, her-2-neu status. These would influence probabilities. Some treatment, particularly taxanes, can cause pulmonary findings. Go over this with you team, primarily medical oncologist. ...Read more
My mums oncologist is pretty certain that nodules that they have seen in the lung and kidneys are secondary breast cancer. Possible in kidneys?
Yes: Unfortunately, secondaries can occur in all organs, including kidneys. ...Read more
Is a 3 mm slightly spiculated lung nodule on ct in lower lobe likely cancer? 60 years old- hx of early breast cancer. Had right pneumonia at the time
Pretty worrisome: From your description. Address your concerns with your health care provider who has your history available. If you are not satisfied, ask for referral to a specialist (pulmonologist.) ...Read more
Small short axis mediastinal nodes show on CT I had NHL 5 yrs ago and I am so scared what does this mean. Doc. Said scan in 12mths. Also 2 4mm lung nodules. Breast Cancer 15yrs ago. I am nuts. He wanted to wait 12 mths. I said NOOOOOOOOOO?
Lets be rational now: Small nodes in the mediastinum (< 1Cm) are not necessarily abnormal, so you can relax and wait to worry. If you had any chest symptoms like pain, fever or cough, then a repeat CT scan or PET scan may be justified. If there are sufficient odds of your lymphoma recurrence being a consideration, repeat imaging studies should be done in 3 to 6 months. Lung nodules of < 5-10 mm are probably benign. ...Read more
Mother has 3 x 4 mm partially spiculated nodule in left lung lobe. She had lobular breast cancer over 5 years old. Does this sound like cancer?
Increase nodular density mammo shows benign. Repeat 6 month with ultrsound. I have dense breasts worried about breast cancer. What can I do?
Complete the workup:
What is true:
mammogram was not completely normal (ncreased density). You need additional testing to try to determine the cause and significance of the finding.
If a new finding, first step would be spot mammograms and an ultrasound of the area, not waiting 6 months.
Mri may also be helpful, but a biopsy may eventually be necessary to look at the cells under a microscope and make the diagnosis. ...Read more
The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und
Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise I can give is to ask the doctor who ordered the x-ray to explain it to you and refer you to the appropriate caregiver. I wish you well. ...Read more
Stage 2B idc breast cancer, triple positive. Us shows 6mm thyroid nodule with calcifications next to carotid. Should I insist on fine needle biopsy?
Depends: This condition is unrelated to your breast cancer history. Ask your doctor what concerns or not are registered by the radiologists. Some type of thyroid calcifications are more likely to be benign. 6mm thyroid nodule is small & need to know risks of trying biopsy near carotid artery too. The doctor who ordered the study would know much more to help you than is able to be reported here. ...Read more
Can't tell you: If this is or isn't breast cancer. The breast lump should be medically evaluated. After full assessment - this question can be answered. ...Read more
At your age: It is very unlikely to be breast cancer, and more likely to be benign. See your doctor, you will probably need an ultrasound. ...Read more
Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more
A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more then 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more
Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more
Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more
NOW YOUR THE TEACHER: I want to know that answer - environmental factors-pesticides, high fat diet, radiation, food additives, prolonged estrogen exposure - early menses - late menopause or genetics brca 1/2 genetic code damage, where else in the genome/ secondary hits? Or is it combination of the above. ..Call me on my cell if you got the answer. ...Read more
The risk can: Breast cancer itself is not passed down, but the risk for developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in genes called brca1 and brca2 can be passed from a parent to a child. These inherited mutations increase the risk of developing breast cancer dramatically. A person with a brca mutation may have a 50% or higher chance of developing breast cancer, but it's not 100%. ...Read more
Not sure...: What you mean. Breast cancer that has spread to other sites or other organs might be described as being systemic. Would need more information to be sure that I understand your question correctly. ...Read more
Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively minor surgery and radiation. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer with positive nodes has an extremely poor prognosis without very aggressive treatment. Most bc's are in the middle with a relatively favorable prognosis. ...Read more
Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more