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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?
Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...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
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
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?
Should drs give a baseline DEXA at the start of taking arimidex (anastrozole) for breast cancer to monitor bone loss?
Yes: If there has not been a DEXA done in the last 2 years, it is not a bad idea. ...Read more
Axillary nodes removed as one was + for breast cancer, m'gram, U/S, MRI & body CT scan all clear, how is this poss & what is the next step?
You are asking us: To determine what your treatment plan will be. The only people who have the required knowledge to do that are the providers on your treatment team. It would be irresponsible for an unknown doctor providing general health education on-line to guess about what your oncologist/ surgeon willl recommend as your next step. ...Read more
Will I get breast cancer from CT pulmonary angiogram for PE? 32 female. Saw one article said risk is increased by 14%! Very scared. Had CT abd b4 also
The life time accumulated dose has an effect
if you are a sun worshiper that give you more radiation exposure than car scan. If you want you can ask for the amount of radiation exposure from the scan from the place it was done ...Read more
My consultant said after my CT scan was normal in June 2017 I must of got advanced spine cancer of menengis in July but it’s advanced compilcation. Breast cancer all clear remission 2010 this does not make sense as normally spread over years, Correct?
Recurrent breast ca: Recurrent breast cancer may happen at any time without obvious reasons. The speed at which cancer spread is unpredictable. It may happen any time, any place and at any speed ...Read more
Current breast cancer dx-ct aug&sep 2013 showed enlarged mediastinal lymph node. Oncologist isn't concerned, I disagree. Am I right to be concerned?
Isolated: Ct scan findings may or may not have any clinical meaning for the patient. The radiology information must be placed in context with all the detailed information on your breast cancer, stage of disease, cell type, axillary lymph node status, etc. Maybe a pet scan is indicated. Review in more detail with your oncologist who knows you best, or get a second opinion. ...Read more
I had bilateral breast cancer and CT with RT. Now CT Scan showed atelectasis or infiltration in the right middle and left lingula. ER doc said it's ok?
Atelectasis: There are a number of reasons for atelectasis (collapse alveoli or air sacs) or infiltration (areas of inflammation) in the lung: infection, mucus plugging, or shallow breathing. Though the cause is most likely unrelated to your cancer, lung cancers or recurrent breast may sometimes appear as infiltration. Best thing to do is to schedule a follow-up visit with your oncologist for evaluation. ...Read more
Breast Cancer survivor w a lg hard fixed irregular shaped mass 2 in below clavicle on cancer side. Ct scan showed nothing. Should I get diff scans?
Can a CT scan be wrong in metaststic breast cancer to the lung if the pt is on on chemotherapy and breast cancer was stage 2 grade 3 at diagnosis?
Read below: Breast cancer can progress or recur in case chemotherapy is not working well against cancer. Ct scan is the best way to look for cancer in the lungs and liver. But it can only show shadows which often require further tests...Either a biopsy or a pet scan if there is any uncertainty about the cause of the shadows. Sometimes radiotherapy can cause shadows on the lungs...So not all shadows are mets. ...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
So scared I'm going to get breast cancer from CT angiogram of lungs for blood clot! It was fine. Saw article that said 14% increased risk?? 32 female.
If you don't smoke: The risk is minimalGet a more detailed answer ›
Constant pain in upper back and also under breast 3 mths. GP given me gabapentin take 2 tablets 3 times a day. Could this be related to my Breast cancer from 2005 treated with Radiopherapy and removal of left lymphnode removed Am awaiting chest CT scan?
Well: Sounds like you are already having this evaluated. Just wait for Ct results and then go from there. ...Read more
How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had CT chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast ok. Missed cancer?
Very unlikely: Those two exams should be very good at ruling out tumor in the spine. Consider seeing a physical medicine specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Upper back pain one year. Ct of chest in nov 12 ok. Mri spine ok. Could this be missed breast cancer? I had mammogram sept 12 ok. Not present at rest
No, not Realy: Pain in the back with movement is usually linked to posture of the spine or ribs. Cancer at your age is usually found within the breast, and the testing you have undergone already is reassuring. Continue to be medically examined for your concern of cancer, but seek a musculoskeletal physician to help with your chest wall pain. ...Read more
Had CT scan to check for kidney stones, and few weeks later had MRI of lumbar spine. I am a woman in thirties. Does this increase risk of breast cancer?
No: No it does not. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Maybe: If large enough, it may show up on a ct of the chest, but probably not a ct of the heart (out of the field of view). But mammography is more sensitive than ct at detecting breast cancer. You should have routine screening exams, and a diagnostic mammo asap if you feel a lump. ...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 more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more
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