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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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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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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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What is the treatment for breast cancer?

What is the treatment for breast cancer?

Multimodal Rx: The primary treatment for most breast cancers is surgery, either mastectomy or lumpectomy; if one chooses lumpectomy, they will also require radiation therapy. Depending on the stage of the cancer, chemotherapy may be indicated. This may be given as a pill and/or IV medication, depending on tumor-specific factors. ...Read more

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What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

What treatment are there for early breast cancer?

Don't forget genes!: I agree with the prior answer. If you are 34 years old with breast cancer, do not make a decision about surgery until you have been tested for the brca gene! (go to myriad.Com and click on the bracanalysis box). ...Read more

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Which treatment does a woman with early breast cancer need?

Which treatment does a woman with early breast cancer need?

Varies: But commonly surgery is first done to remove the lump. Depends if invasive or in situ, cell type, cancer stage, hormone receptors, etc. May need cchemotherapy or hormone therapy. May need radiation therapy. A medical oncologist can direct the best treatments. ...Read more

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What treatment is best for beginning of stage 3a breast cancer?

What treatment is best for beginning of stage 3a breast cancer?

Everything: Depends on certain factors but typically includes surgery followed by chemo (or vice versa) and radiation therapy. If her-2 positive, trastuzumab (herceptin) is given for a year and if er or pr positive, hormone therapy is given for 5-10 years. Should be an orchestrated effort by specialists in different fields. ...Read more

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Which type of treatment should woman 87 have with breast cancer?

Which type of treatment should woman 87 have with breast cancer?

Depends what stage..: ...And how healthy she is. Age by itself shouldn't be the factor that dictates her treatments. If it's an early stage cancer with good prognostic features, she may only need the lump removed with surgery +/- anti-hormone pill. She should hear about all her options from a team of specialists including surgeon, med onc, rad onc and pain/palliative care if she's not in good health. ...Read more

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Has the treatment of breast cancer evolved over the past 10 years?

Many: Many changes have occurred. Surgery still a mainstay. Chemotherapy treatments are more tailored to individual patients based on tumor dna studies & cell type. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of not getting treatment for breast cancer?

What are the consequences of not getting treatment for breast cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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