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What Are Breast Markers
Radiologist put a marker in my left breast after a biopsy, it's been almost 2 years & the area hurts to the touch. What to do?
I noticed a painful tiny bone sticking out on side of my breast. I had a biopsy marker clip left in in my breast 3 yrs ago. What is this tiny bone?
Breast mass: It could be the marker working its way out. No bones there except rib cage which is very deep and does not protrude through the breast. See your doctor. ...Read more
Had a rt breast biopsy and they added a marker because I have a huge cyst now I'm pregnant and it hurts bad anything to worry about?
See Breast surgeon: Radiologist may be able to aspirate the cyst if it has enlarged and that should make you more comfortable. They may use an ultrasound to guide the needle for the aspiration. ...Read more
Can elevated ca15-3 mean something other than breast cancer? Clear mammo but ca15-3 results - 31.6 (ca markers done as part of complete physical)
Stop worrying: The reference range is set so that 5% of folks believed to be healthy fall above it. Usually the top of the reference range is 30 or so. This alone should make you stop worrying. Further, fairly high values are often observed with no obvious explanation. Why was it run in the first place? Mild elevations usually just generate confusion and upset people and never detect anything. ...Read more
Why are markers left in the chest of previous breast cancer patients? I can see them on X-rays and do they hurt?
Usually clips: If the marker were one used to define a non palpable lesion for localization of tumor it should have been resected with the lesion. If the patient underwent mastectomy, the radio opaque clips are vascular clips used to control chest wall blood vessels that were bleeding during the procedure and used to stop bleeding. They are permanent and do not cause any related symptoms. And are never removed ...Read more
My tumour marker with 1mm breast cancer invasion was 9.3. After mastectomy it is still 9.3. Does that mean it wasn't actually cancer?
My friend who has breast cancer gets her tumor markers checked, my mother also had breast cancer, what are the markers and could I get checked?
Tumor "markers": ...Just don't work that well (outside of a few very specific tumors that don't include breast cancer), and should not be used to screen for cancer in someone without the disease. The odds are that any positive test would be a falsely positive. As far as what tumor markers are used for breast cancer, none are used routinely, and i'd ask your friend what the markers her docs are using. ...Read more
What are "markers" and what does it mean to a breast cancer patient with stage 4, metastatic cancer, when her markers go from 4, 700 down to 53?
Tumor marker: You must be referring to a particular tumor marker! Tumor markers are used to track the progress of certain cancers. If your number has gone down to that level it means the modality of treating your brest cancer has been very effective! It does not necessarily mean you are in remission, all it means is that your breast cancer has responded very well to the treatment you have received! ...Read more
I am a breast cancer survival - do I need to do the tumour markers blood test -ca153, ca19.9, ca12.5, cea, afp?
Generally no: Standards of care in the us do not recommend routine tumor marker testing in cancer survivors (we usually do ca 27.29 for breast cancer). Markers are mostly useful to assess response to therapy in patients with advanced cancer. That said, many oncologists (myself included) will sometimes order routine markers in cancer survivors depending on the circumstances. ...Read more
I went for blood tests today to check tumour markers as I have previous breast cancer history. I ould only get 2 tubes of blood but needed 4. I am also going for a bone scan. Opinions?
Ask your doc: You should ask your treating physician if the extra tubes are necessary. If they are return to the lab once you are fully hydrated. ...Read more
Feel soft: Breast tissue on exam in a lying down position with the breast being examined, having the hand behind the head and the opposite hand being used, should move around the breast in a clockwise position. L the breast should feel like lumpy oatmeal. A lesion in the breast would feel like someone dropped a stone into the lumpy oatmeal. ...Read more
More glands and fat: One breast formed more glands (allowing for more milk engorgement) and fatty tissue, so ended up bigger than the other. If a woman's breasts were always equal in the past, and one recently got bigger, she should have the doctor examine the breasts to be sure that there is not a more serious problem going on, such as a tumor. ...Read more
Breast: If you find your breast shrinking, you've likely either lost weight or your estrogen levels are falling, perhaps from going off the pill or impending menopause. If you're seeing shrinkage and none of those apply (especially if you also have hair loss, acne, and facial hair), consider being tested for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and see your doctor. ...Read more
Could be many things: Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle and fibrocystic breast changes (lumpy, tender breasts) are common causes of breast pain. Pregnancy is another common cause, along with hormone replacement, large breasts, cysts, infection & inflammation. And sometimes what may seem to originate from the breast may actually be pain from somewhere else. If you suffer from breast pain, see your doctor. ...Read more
There are a few ways to enlarge the breast. The most common is to surgically enlarge the breasts with an implant (saline or silicone).
The second is to utilize your own fat from another area of the body taken and transferred into the breasts. The third approach is the use of a brava system to enlarge breasts. All of these should be discussed with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Many possibilities: There are many different things that can cause breast pain- from hormone related -especially around your menstrual cycle; infection, inflammation, fibrocyctic disease, certain food like caffeinated beverages etc- also can give you breast pain. You should go to see your gynecologist or your pmd and have a good breast examination. Breast cancer at your age is less likely. ...Read more
Normal breast tissue can sometimes feel lumpy. Some women do regular breast self-exams. Doing breast self-exams can help you learn how your breasts normally feel and make it easier to notice and find any changes. Breast self-exams are not a substitute for mammograms.
Always get breast changes checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
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