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Pet Breast Cancer Response To Treatment
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Each person can decide what treatment they would want, or if no treatment is wanted. You would need to be fully informed of the risks of treatment or no treatment. Untreated cancers grow, and spread. Neglected breast cancers can turn into open bleeding skin ulcers, spread to lung or bones, etc. ...Read more
Yes: I advise my breast cancer patients to begin treatment within 1 month of diagnosis. The first line of therapy is usually surgery, which will also provide the necessary information to stage the cancer; this information is used to guide further therapy, such as radiation- and/or chemotherapy. On occasion, i advise chemotherapy first to shrink the tumor to facilitate a lump-x rather than mast-x. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?
Dependent on details: There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've seen cases : Of what we call "neglected" breast cancer...And it is not pretty. The skin of the breast can dissolve, bleed, grow, and smell. It can leave deposits across the chest and back, and as it is destroying the breast and skin, cells can travel to brain, bones, liver. These women are miserable and sad...And hard to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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