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Scirrhous Carcinoma Of The Breast
Depends: Invasive breast cancer has the ability to spread but not all invasive cancers do spread, especially if caught early. Cancer grows at different rates in people depending on age, hormone status of the tumor and genetic make up of the person. It is important to understand all of your options regarding treatment. ...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
The main tests used to evaluate for breast cancer are digital mammograms and breast ultrasound. If there is any abnormality or palpable lump, a core or fine needle biopsy is performed.
Other tests used to help: mri, bsgi, pem.
Your physician and radiologist will determine which tests are best for each individual. ...Read more
Initially no symptom: A breast cancer can grow for about 8 to 10 years before it reaches 1 centimeter in diameter - about 3/8's of an inch. A breast cancer that size would likely have no symptoms at all, and would be unlikely to be detected on a breast exam by you or your doctor. However, a breast cancer could show up on a mammogram years before it reaches even 1 centimeter in size. Do your mammograms as recommended. ...Read more
Life-changer: I think that every person who is diagnosed with any type of cancer goes thru that initial "shock" which can be overwhelming. However, most (breast) cancers can be readily treated, and many cured. The best thing to do is to aggressively seek out medical info and try to "take control" of the disease, rather than the other way around. In time, one will hopefully get back to their normal lives. ...Read more
Breast carcinoma: Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or the lobules (milk-producing glands). ...Read more
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http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed? Term=medullary%20carcinoma%20of%20the%20breast. ...Read more
The surgeon will discuss options for breast surgery. You may chose conservation or mastectomy. If there is plan for a lumpectomy a sentinel lymph node sample might be suggested. Your tumor will be tested for her-2, hormone receptors, and sometimes for an oncotype test to determine the best preventative treatment.
The team should review all of the options.
A genetics test might also be suggested. ...Read more
Only way: To confirm breast cancer is by biopsy only, examination is for clinical diagnosis only, confirmation is by tissue examination (pathology), biochemical tests, tumor markers is for monitoring purposes only. ...Read more
A family member, 56 yrs female, was diagnosed with carcinoma left breast in 2001 and underwent a masectomy. What are some ways to help her recover?
Cancer 'elsewhere': Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from its organ of origin to another part of the body. For example, the most common sites of metastases for breast cancer are the lungs, liver, and bone. Most breast cancers, when caught early and treated in a timely manner, do not ever spread to other organs. ...Read more
Stage-Dependent: Breast cancers are staged based upon the size of the cancer, lymph node or distant organ involvement, direct extension to the skin or chest wall muscles, and unique molecular features of the tumor. Published rates of 5-yr survival (http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-survival-by-stage) vary quite a bit based on these variables, between 15%-93%. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast carcinoma and the path report indicates poorly differeriated invasive. Meaning?
Aggressive tumor: Inflammatory bc causes redness and swelling of the breast mimicking and often mistaken for infection initially. They block the lymphatics in the skin. Usually arising from the lining duct cells, they are usually "poorly differentiated"- loosing much of their semblance to more normal looking cells and behave badly. They need aggressive mulitmodality treatments. ...Read more
Should be fine: You will need to have a surgery to remove the breast carcinoma in situ. In addition to that -if you have a lumpectomy- you would need to get an a radiation therapy following the surgery to reduce risk for recurrence and tamoxifen would be recommended to take for 5 years. You should have a mammogram yearly basis and self breast examination is recommended. Prognosis is good as it is not invasive. ...Read more
Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects breast carcinoma? What is required to diagnose?
Life saving: The usual first step after a concerning clinical breast exam is a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. If there are abnormal findings on those tests, then either a short term follow-up study or a biopsy of some sort - needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, lumpectomy, etc - may be indicated. If the mammogram / sonograms are normal, but the abnormal physical exam persists, then a biopsy is warranted. ...Read more
Grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, 2 spots, family history, 47 years of age, small breasts. Should I get double mastectomy?
It is your choice: Breast cancer can be adequately treated with a lumpectomy in most cases. So a mastectomy is not really necessary. But based on your breast size, your doctor can guide you best. Many women opt for reconstructive surgery at the same time as removal of your breast cancer. ...Read more
Yes: Mucinous, or colloid, breast cancers are a rare type of breast cancer characterized by the production of mucus within the tumor. These tend to be low-grade tumors, are usually estrogen-receptor positive and her-2/neu negative. Treatment follows the same criteria for all breast cancers. ...Read more
Breast cancer cannot be transmitted to your baby in breast milk
you are better off to treat your cancer sooner rather than continuing to breast feed your baby. ...Read more
It depends on many f: Most women with localized breast cancer do very well and there is high cure rate. Overall 75%-80% of breast cancers are curable. But you need to know what stage of cancer it is? You should also know what subtype (there are 3 different types) of breast cancer it is. Further there is the matter of what type of adjuvant therapy (post surgery treatment) was used. I'am sure your oncologist can answeryr. ...Read more
Very good: I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The most recent us data reports a 5-yr survival rate of 81% for stage iia and 74% for stage iib breast ca. However, keep in mind these #s do not take into account the age and/or health of the patient, the specific tumor markers, nor the most current rx options. I am certain that your oncologist can give you much more information about your specific cancer. ...Read more
Maybe: There are many nuances to this? That can be only answered by you oncologist who has all your details. I'm sure this is a discouraging diagnosis, but the prognosis can be excellent. Yesterday met with an old patient 20 years out on this same diagnosis. ...Read more