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Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Yes: Unfortunately it may be related to vertebral or rib metastases. ...Read more

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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Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Can breast cancer cause upper back pain?

Yes: Breast cancer can metastasize to vertebrae and if it happens to affect the veterbrae in the upper back, it will result in pain. ...Read more

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Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

By itself, no: Many people have back pain; so back pain by itself is not a sign of breast cancer. However, if you have a history of breast cancer or if you find a lump in your breast or axilla (armpit), then you should check with your doctor since breast cancer frequently travels to bone. If the backpain persists, do go see your doctor (not necessary for breast cancer, but to evalaute also for other reasons). ...Read more

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When when is upper back pain a symptom of lung or breast cancer? Been present 2 yrs. Up right. Mri spine ok. Mam ok. Chest xray ok. Chronic everyday

When when is upper back pain a symptom of lung or breast cancer? Been present 2 yrs. Up right. Mri spine ok. Mam ok. Chest xray ok. Chronic everyday

Unlikely: If MRI ok then not cancer. Mri is one of the best tests for cancer in the spine. It would be rare for breast cancer to show up in the spine without a breast mass. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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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

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My mom has metastasis. Marrowaged52. I m 24 and have lumps in both breasts of abt 1cm. I feel itching pinches upper back pain. Am I at risk of cancer.

My mom has metastasis. Marrowaged52. I m 24 and have lumps in both breasts of abt 1cm. I feel itching pinches upper back pain. Am I at risk of cancer.

Uncertain: Usually lumps at this age are fibroadenomas but it's prudent to discuss your concerns with a physician and mother. Age does not preclude you from having a more serious diagnosis. It might be useful to speak to your mom regarding her diagnosis and determine if there is family history of cancers which can also be useful in stratifying your risk. ...Read more

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Brown discharge after menopause, breast cancer taking aromasin (exemestane) and have lower back pain?

Brown discharge after menopause, breast cancer taking aromasin (exemestane) and have lower back pain?

Let gynecologist: Know because sometimes brown discharge can be older, deoxygenated blood. Although it could be benign- don't expect bleeding after menopause. Take care. ...Read more

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I have extreme pelvic, stomach and lower back pain with cyst on my ovaries and a cystic mass in my uterus. I have spotty bleeding, bleeding with sex, and nausea that has gotten worse over the last month. I was just treated for stage 2 breast cancer. Ar

I have extreme pelvic, stomach and lower back pain with cyst on my ovaries and a cystic mass in my uterus. I have spotty bleeding, bleeding with sex, and nausea that has gotten worse over the last month. I was just treated for stage 2 breast cancer. Ar

Complicated: How were you treated for breast cancer? If you had a cyst and you have an increase in symptoms, I would recommend a repeat ultrasound to evaluate the cyst (which can cause nausea). As far as the bleeding symptoms, I would be concerned about an endometrial polyp especially is your treatment included tamoxifen. Consult a physician. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain, chest pain and pain at top of left arm, I smoked for 20 yr, quit 5 weeks ago, could I have lung cancer?

Multiple causes: Your symptoms could be due to anything, simple muscular to heart disease.
Try simple conservative treatment with over the counter pain relievers for a couple of weeks before going to the doctor. ...Read more

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I have had upper back pain on right for a year now. Mri of thrastic doesn't show anything to warrant the pain I have. Ct of chest 8 months ago clear. Should I repeat ct? Its getting worse. Cancer?

I have had upper back pain on right for a year now. Mri of thrastic doesn't show anything to warrant the pain I have. Ct of chest 8 months ago clear. Should I repeat ct? Its getting worse. Cancer?

Get really examined: Many doctors forgot how to examine a patient properly and depend on MRI and ct scan to give them a diagnosis made by some one else.
Some one must examine your back and press on all the bones and joint areas and they will find the spots that are causing the pain.
Ligaments get damaged and need to be repaired.Prolotherapy can do that and a prolotherapist can help you.
Visit www getprolo. Com ...Read more

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Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Back pain: The diagnosis of cancer is typically suspected when there is clear abnormality in laboratory or imaging such as a ct scan. To fully confirm a true diagnosis of cancer, there needs to be a biopsy and review underneath a microscopic to show that there are tumor or cancer cells.

There could be many causes of back pain aside from cancer, including coughing, pneumonia, muscle strain, or arthritis. ...Read more

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So lately I've had this cough off and on that won't go away I have had wheezing sometimes chest pain upper back pain sore rib sometimes is it cancer?

So lately I've had this cough off and on that won't go away I have had wheezing sometimes chest pain upper back pain sore rib sometimes is it cancer?

Unlikely: At your age it is unlikely but not impossible. Even if it is not cancer, you could have some other medical issue that may require therapy. I would suggest you visit your doc to be checked. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can upper back pain which alleviates with massage and rest be a symptom of lung cancer, chest CT is normal?

Thanks for asking!: Upper back pain that goes away with massage/rest is very unlikely to be a symptom of lung cancer, especially with a normal chest ct. Most likely it is musculoskeletal in nature. Also, lung cancer is uncommon in someone who is only 31 years old.

Persistent back pain, however, should be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Not always: A chest x-ray can miss lung cancers, especially if they are early/small, when they can be best treated. Although it is not likely you have lung cancer given your age, please see your health care provider and get further evaluation. A chest ct would be a better test for lung cancer depending on your specific situation, but we want to limit radiation exposure, so benefit needs to outweigh risk. ...Read more

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Upper back pain since last may. Dr ordered CT of chest. It was clear. Also took early cdt lung cancer blood test the magea4 was positive. Worry?

Upper back pain since last may. Dr ordered CT of chest. It was clear. Also took early cdt lung cancer blood test the magea4 was positive. Worry?

What for?: Mage a4 is not an approved screening test for lung cancer, was this done as part of a research trial? Lung cancer in a 39 year old with a clean ct chest would be very unusual, and in a person with very low risk of cancer any screening test that is positive is most likely a false positive. I would suggest discussing the purpose of the test and results with the doctor who ordered it! ...Read more

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Upper back pain, pains on touch and when I bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest CT clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Upper back pain, pains on touch and when I bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest CT clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Not likely: Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years. ...Read more

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Have upper back pain present for over a yr and CT of chest was clear 6 months ago &mri of spine was ok would it be safe to say I don't have lung cancer?

Have upper back pain present for over a yr and CT of chest was clear 6 months ago &mri of spine was ok would it be safe to say I don't have lung cancer?

Yes: Without risk factors, at present there is no evidence for lung ca. If you have risk factors there are radiologic parameters that suggest appropriate follow up that your doctor should follow. ...Read more

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Upper pain in my upper back it feel like pin and needle and im a breast cancer survival.

Upper pain in my upper back it feel like pin and needle and im a breast cancer survival.

Need tests: It could be simple simple muscle or arthritic pain but some one like you have to make sure it is not due to metastasis to bone, have to see your oncologist for tests like pet scan etc please see your doctor as soon as possible when tests are negative you will get relief from medications (& mental relief also). ...Read more

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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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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 ...Read more