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What is the definition or description of: pet-ct breast cancer staging?

What is the definition or description of: pet-ct breast cancer staging?

PET - CT: Pet-ct scans are a means of combining the x-ray of a ct scan with the functional study of a pet scan. The pet scan can see over-active cells that are actively using glucose. The over-active cells may represent cancer cells and is a means of telling if cancer cells are spreading or growing somewhere in the body. The ct scan may see a growth & the pet scan can see if the growth has overactive cells. ...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


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Breast cancer staging according TNM means what?

Breast cancer staging according TNM means what?

TNM breast cancer: Tnm is one of the staging system commonly used for cancer. It stands for t-tumor (the size of the tumor- the bigger is the tumor the higher is the stage) ; n- nodal status (involvement to the lymph glands) - and m- presence of metastatic disease to the distant organ. See more here: http://cancer. Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/breast/page7. ...Read more

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Describe breast cancer staging according tnm?

Describe breast cancer staging according tnm?

Tumor, Nodes, Mets: The t, n, m system classifies breast cancers based upon tumor size (t), lymph node status (n), and presence of cancer elsewhere in the body (m). Stage I is limited to small cancers +/- microscopic ln disease. Stage ii describes tumors 2-5cm +/- ln disease. Stage iii is for more advanced tumors (>5cm, skin/chest wall involvement) +/- multiple/distant ln. Stage IV describes metastatic disease. ...Read more

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What does breast cancer look like on a pet scan?

What does breast cancer look like on a pet scan?

Bright: Pet scans take advantage of the thought that most caners are more metabolically active than the normal tissues around them. This makes the cancers show up as "hot" or "bright" on pet imaging. There are other areas that are "bright" normally as well, like brain and to some extent liver. However, when using pet for breast cancer staging one is looking to see if there are unexpected bright areas. ...Read more

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Which test is more accurate in detecting breast cancer recurrence: a pet or an ultrasound?

Which test is more accurate in detecting breast cancer recurrence: a pet or an ultrasound?

Depends: This depends on if your are looking for local recurrence in the breast (ultrasound can help) or distant recurrence (in other organs outside the breast)-pet is better. They are both great tests. If you have concerns, I recommend contacting your oncology team and consider getting a second opinion. ...Read more

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Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung?

Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung?

Yes it can show: Pet scan also will have superimposed very high resolution ct scan images will show, now need additional test to find out the nature of fluid. ...Read more

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Want a second opinion for a Pet Scan taken due to metastatis of breast cancer?

Want a second opinion for a Pet Scan taken due to metastatis of breast cancer?

Image?: DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE IMAGE TO SHOW ONLINE? DID YOU MEAN YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO TO SEE FOR A SECOND OPINION? IF IT IS THE LATTER, YOU NEED TO SEE AN ONCOLOGIST. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

Pet scan challenging: A pet scan will generally show 3 main groups of findings. Infection inflammation or cancer. With a history of breast cancer a biopsy may be considered but that will depend on the details of the situation. ...Read more

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Dx breast cancer at 39, thyroid cancer at 40. Is a PET scan needed to rule out mets and am I at a risk for other cancers?

Genetic testing: You definitely need genetic counseling and testing. A complete family history will help direct this as well. There is no role for screening to look for metastatic disease if you are not known to have it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Oct 2012-pet scan done with 2 areas of concern after breast cancer dx....Had biopsy and bone scan that were both neg...All cancer treatment done and #2 pet showed same areas-no change. Why bone scan?

Oct 2012-pet scan done with 2 areas of concern after breast cancer dx....Had biopsy and bone scan that were both neg...All cancer treatment done and #2 pet showed same areas-no change. Why bone scan?

D/w your MD: The best person to answer your question is your doctor. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what the reason is. Most likely is the same reason your doctor did the bone scan last time- to ensure that this is also unchanged on the bone scan. Unlike the bone scan, the pet scan was not done dedicated only to check the bone. What is your cancer marker, alkaline phosphatase level? D/w your md. ...Read more

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An MRI in nov 2012 showed a radiological cyst on l. Femur; pain since may 2012. I have stage 111c breast cancer. Should I get a pet /ct?

An MRI in nov 2012 showed a radiological cyst on l. Femur; pain since may 2012. I have stage 111c breast cancer. Should I get a pet /ct?

Probably not: On mri, cysts are pretty easily distinguished from metastasis from breast cancer. If you still have concerns, ask your oncologist if he can have the MRI interpreted by a second radiologist to make all are in agreement with the cyst diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for s tage 2a breast cancer in a 63 yo male. No nodes were positive and pet CT scan was negative. Er positive.?

What is the best treatment for s tage 2a breast cancer in a 63 yo male. No nodes were positive and pet CT scan was negative. Er positive.?

Tamoxifen: After a mastectomy, use of tamoxifen in an er+ tumor has the best historical experience for this rare condition in men. The decision to use chemotherapy may depend on comparable metrics used for breast cancer in women such as size of tumor, grade, presence of markers (her2neu, high ki- 67). Though no data in men, oncotype DX theoretically can help with treatment decision about need for chemo. ...Read more

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Do I need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.

Do I need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.

You and your oncolog: You and your oncologist need to discuss this. Given the low stage, and assuming successful completion of treatment, pet/ct might not be indicated at this time. It does depend on the specifics of your case. Pet/ct is useful in evaluating for distal metastatic disease. It does not replace mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI for local recurrence surveillance ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

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

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

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

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Is breast cancer inherited?

Is breast cancer inherited?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of all breast cancers in the US are of the hereditary type. These genes can be inherited from either your father or your mother. If a woman inherits this gene, they have a 50-75% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. These cancers tend to occur at any earlier age and may occur in both breasts. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer from?

Breast cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. ...Read more

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Can I inherit breast cancer?

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

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Breast Cancer (Definition)

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


Staging (Definition)

Many diseases have specific treatments based on their severity. A disease can have certain criteria to determine their severity and applying this criteria to determine how advanced the disease state is called staging. Most commonly this is applied to cancer, and be determining how far the cancer has spread locally and/or to distant sites a stage of cancer can be ...Read more