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33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

Is it bilateral : or unilateral axillary swelling? If bilateral, it would be extremely unlikely that it is due to breast pathology. If unilateral, and with your family history, ultrasound and diagnostic mammo are reasonable. ...Read more

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Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Biopsy ordered for cyst and lymph node in armpit. I'm 18 is this a bad sign?

Biopsy ordered for cyst and lymph node in armpit. I'm 18 is this a bad sign?

Not necessarily: Fairly standard to biopsy any mass in the axilla that persists. Could be a benign cyst, reactive lymph node, or infection. Unfortunately cancer is always in the differential. The other possibilities however are more common. ...Read more

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Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Please see your: Doc. You may have a prostate infection or systemic infection. The weight loss and fatigue need to be addressed also. A thorough exam will tell you a lot if you tell the doc everything. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Bilateral nipple discharge with stimulation, cytology was negative, no lump or mass seen on u/s.Is this accurate test for breast cancer?

Bilateral nipple discharge with stimulation, cytology was negative, no lump or mass seen on u/s.Is this accurate test for breast cancer?

Sort of: Cytology is not a great test to rule out cancer in the case of nipple discharge. Ultrasound is a good test but also doesn't rule out cancer. However bilateral discharge, only with stimulation, is extremely unlikely to represent cancer, especially at your age. Unilateral, spontaneous discharge is more concerning, as is bloody nipple discharge. ...Read more

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Being sent for diagnostic mammo, u/s and biopsy, for 8mm X 6mm mass at 9 o'clock position left breast. Should i be worried?

Being sent for diagnostic mammo, u/s and biopsy, for 8mm X 6mm mass at 9 o'clock position left breast.  Should i be worried?

The probability: of malignancy is based on various mammographic/sonographic characteristics, and is the basis for the BIRADS code at the bottom of the report. Since biopsy was recommended, it is probably at least a BIRADS 4A(low suspicion,3-10% chance of maliganancy) up to BIRADS 5(>95% chance). Can't say much more without further details or images. About 75% of all biopsies turn out benign. ...Read more

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Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Situational: For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. ...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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Movable painless swollen lymph node in armpit its been there for 5+ years i believe had ultrasound doctor request biopsy to be safe I'm 18 cancer?

Movable painless swollen lymph node in armpit its been there for 5+ years i believe had ultrasound doctor request biopsy to be safe I'm 18 cancer?

Unlikely: If the node has remained unchanged in 5+ years, it is not likely to be cancer. You may wish to get a second opinion before opting for biopsy, as it may not be warranted. ...Read more

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Mammogram results-intramammographic benign lymph nodes. Huge family history of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer. Should I be worried and pursue this?

Mammogram results-intramammographic benign lymph nodes.  Huge family history of breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer.  Should I be worried and pursue this?

BRCA: If you have a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer you should ask for BRCA genetic testing. This tests your genetic risk for developing these cancers. There are several companies that do this test and individualized treatment plans can be created. Cervical cancer is not related to family history but rather exposure to the sexually transmitted HPV virus. ...Read more

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Thyroid mass 3.5cm enlarged nodes on same side of mass. Mass hard non moveable. None of it hurts gotta get ct scan done. Likely cancer or cyst?

Thyroid mass 3.5cm enlarged nodes on same side of mass. Mass hard non moveable. None of it hurts gotta get ct scan done. Likely cancer or cyst?

This needs: attention as soon as practicable but no diagnosis is possible without TESTING which may include CT, and specialized THYROID SCANNING! A biopsy (needle) may also be required! Your PCP may wish to refer you to a Board Certified ENDOCRINOLOGIST! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Biopsy on prominent lymph node about 3 inches below armpit ultrasound showed no tumour or mass.Should i be worried?

Biopsy on prominent lymph node about 3 inches below armpit ultrasound showed no tumour or mass.Should i be worried?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Excisional biopsy R groin-now seems to be a lymph node near hip bone enlarging and painful. Results were negative for malignancy on biopsy. Normal?

Excisional biopsy R groin-now seems to be a lymph node near hip bone enlarging and painful. Results were negative for malignancy on biopsy. Normal?

Normal: often after a lymph node biopsy in groin or under the arm the remaining lymph nodes will swell as a reaction to the surgery. this is a normal part of your body's healing mechanisms. the lymph node should go back to relatively normal size in 6 weeks to several months ...Read more

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22yrs old mammogram normal enlarged right axillary lymph node 7mm left axillary lymph node 3mm waiting biopsy results. Family history breast cancer?

22yrs old mammogram normal enlarged right axillary lymph node 7mm left axillary lymph node 3mm waiting biopsy results. Family history breast cancer?

Be patient: Even with a family history of breast cancer, it would be very rare for a 22 yo to have the disease. You only have about a 14-15% chance of developing breast cancer, unless there are multiple family members who have the disease. There are many reasons for lymph nodes to enlarge, many benign, so just wait for the results. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

No: If you have a mass- an us can be a good place to start but may not give full information. Mri would be the best imaging study to eval mass. Most definitive test would be a biopsy or excision of the mass. Re-discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have 3 supraclavicular lymph nodes 1cm in size for a year. Can just an ultrasound detect lymphoma or should I push for a biopsy?

I have 3 supraclavicular lymph nodes 1cm in size for a year. Can just an ultrasound detect lymphoma or should I push for a biopsy?

Bx needed: unchanged glands for 1 yr probably not lymphoma. More likely inflammatory yet certain low grade malignancies can remain unchanged without enlargement or progression for more than 1 yr. Ultrasound of no value making histologic dx. Final diagnosis can only be defined by histologic exam after formal bx. ...Read more

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Can us always diagnose suspicious mass in armpit? Area of left axillary looks black, feels hard/rubbery, burns, us was "normal". No other tests done.

No: If you have a mass- an us can be a good place to start but may not give full information. Mri would be the best imaging study to eval mass. Most definitive test would be a biopsy or excision of the mass. Re-discuss with your doctor. ...Read more