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68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more

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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...Read more

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What is the radiation amount exposure in breast mammography? What is the radiation amount exposure in chest X-rays?

What is the radiation amount exposure in breast mammography?
What is the radiation amount exposure  in chest X-rays?

Similar amounts in e: Both of these procedures expose you to very low amounts of Radiation. So you do not need to worry about it. it is minisicule and absolutely safe if done once yearly. ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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Does the CT scan shows the radiation dose used in the scan in mSv?

Does the CT scan shows the radiation dose used in the scan in mSv?

10 mSv: A CT scan of the abdomen (belly) and pelvis exposes a person to about 10 mSv; this goes up to 20 mSv if the test is done twice (once with and once without contrast). ...Read more

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1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

A grouping: of amorphous calcifications is probably not appropriate for BIRAD category 3(probably benign). Although they are still likely going to be benign, stereotactic needle biopsy may be more appropriate management, and BIRAD 4 a more appropriate category. Breast MRI is generally not that useful in the imaging work up of microcalcifications. ...Read more

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Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Very unlikely: Very few cancers metastasize to the thyroid. I'll bet you it's a new tumor. The pathologist can tell for sure. ...Read more

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How much radiation exposure is in a 3-D Digital Dental CT Scan?

How much radiation exposure is in a 3-D Digital Dental CT Scan?

CBCT Scan: See the following website for some basic information. It depends upon particular brand of unit, software, and extent of area scanned. The office actually doing the scan can give you more accurate information. Call and ask. http://www.dent.umich.edu/patients/cbct-imaging-service-frequently-asked-questions#radiation ...Read more

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Do CT scans of the chest/ abdomen in teen males cause breast cancer?

Do CT scans of the chest/ abdomen in teen males cause breast cancer?

Dose dependent: The risk of cancer is related to the degree of radiation exposure. The dose from diagnostic ct scans is not insignificant, but keep in mind that you would have to have several to increase your risk even slightly. A recent study showed that ct scans in children can increase the risk of cancer (brain and leukemia), but the overall effect is small, translating into one additional cancer among 10000. ...Read more

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How many x rays needed for each breast in a digital mammogram?I had 3 x-rays in the left breast and 2 in the right breast because 1xray was not clear.

How many x rays needed for each breast in a digital mammogram?I had 3 x-rays in the left breast and 2 in the right breast because 1xray was not clear.

This is about right: Typically a mammogram will include 3 views in order to get side views, top to bottom views and a front view of the whole breast in order to look for any abnormalities in different parts of your breast. ...Read more

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Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications. Is that breast cancer?

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Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications.  Is that breast cancer?

Needs investigation: Although breast calcifications may not necessarily mean cancer, pleomorphic calcifications are suspicious. A biopsy should be done. Talk to your doctor. Pleomorphism means that something is of varying shape and characteristics. A non-cancerous or benign calcification will be read as "benign-appearing". Don't delay your biopsy. ...Read more

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Which one is more accurat mammogram or MRI to discover breast tumor in case of breast silicon implant ?

Which one is more accurat mammogram or MRI to discover breast tumor in case of breast silicon implant ?

Depends: This depends on what you mean by "accurate". Mri is more "sensitive" but less "specific". This means that MRI will detect more breast changes but more of the changes it detects will be false detections. ...Read more

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In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

That is an: assessment of breast density, required to be included in the mammogram report in many states. It doesn't imply there is anything abnormal. The denser the breast, the less sensitive the mammogram is for detecting cancers. There are 4 density categories, A(least dense), B, C, and D(most dense). Yours would be considered a B by definition, therefore your breasts would not be considered "dense". ...Read more

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Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Less likely: The thyroid would be an unusual spot for breast cancer to spread. More common sites would be bone, liver, lung and brain. But with cancer, anything is possible. If there is a nodule on the thyroid the best thing to do would be an ultrasound guided biopsy if it looks concerning. ...Read more

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Do men need a mammogram in cases of male breast cancer?

Do men need a mammogram in cases of male breast cancer?

Yes,: breast cancer can occur in men, although not common. If there is a lump in a male breast, mammographic evaluation is appropriate. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy treat breast cancer that has come back in the lung?

Can radiation therapy treat breast cancer that has come back in the lung?

Usually not: Breast cancer that has come back in the lung usually requires chemotherapy. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how quickly it is growing, and whether there are multiple spots or just one spot. Breast cancer in the lung means microscopic cancer has spread through the body, so a whole-body treatment like chemo (or hormone-blocking therapy) is necessary for best results. ...Read more

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