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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?

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?

See doctor: Have your doctor examine you for lump. You might need mammogram and/or ultrasound. This also depends on reason for original biopsy. I am assuming the results were benign since you did not mention you have breast cancer. ...Read more

Marker (Definition)

A "marker" is a protein or enzyme that can represent a disease process. Some markers are specific for a particular disease, while ...Read more


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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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 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?

No: Breast cancer is diagnosed with a microscope, not a blood test. Your tumor marker being normal before and after surgery tells me nothing at all. People may have cancer and their marker can be normal or have an elevated marker without having cancer. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I am a breast cancer survival - do I need to do the tumour markers blood test -ca153, ca19.9, ca12.5, cea, afp?

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

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How should breasts feel?

How should breasts feel?

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

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Why are my breasts lopsided?

Why are my breasts lopsided?

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

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My breasts are shrinking. Why?

My breasts are shrinking. Why?

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

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How come my breasts keep changing sizes?

Changes breast size: Breast scan change size due to fluid retention. This can occur in conjunction w premenstrual syndrome, your period, pregnancy, hormone imbalance or use of oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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Any reasons why my breasts keep changing sizes?

Any reasons why my breasts keep changing sizes?

Possibilities: Breast size ^ can occur due increased fluid retention in conjunction w premenstrual syndrome, ovulation, your period ; pregnancy. ...Read more

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What causes cysts in the breasts?

Nature: Many women have fibrocystic changes in their breast tissue. Fluid retention during the cycle can result in the fibrocystic tissue becoming more prominent - manifesting as cysts. Caffeine is known to promote fluid retention and cyst formation in the breast tissue. ...Read more

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Why do my breast hurt?

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

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How to enlarge breast?

How to enlarge breast?

Enlarge breasts: 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

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What are breast shells?

Protect nipples: Breast shells are used to protect sore nipples from the discomfort of touching your clothing. They can also be used to correct inverted nipples and help your baby breastfeed more easily. They are worn inside your bra. ...Read more

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My breast very painful?

My breast very painful?

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

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How come my breast hurt?

How come my breast hurt?

Breast pain: Breast soreness can occur due to stretching from increased fluid retention. Breast pain can occur in conjunction w premenstrual syndrome, ovulation, your period, pregnancy, hormone imbalance or use of oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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Are lumpy breasts common?

Are lumpy breasts common?

Lumpy breast: 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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Cercoidosis lamps breast?

Cercoidosis lamps breast?

Unclear question: Do you mean if sarcoidosis can cause breast lumps? Sarcoidosis may cause a lump in the breast, but it would not be good to assume that. Any lump in the breast needs to be examined to exclude a tumor. ...Read more

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Any way to enlarge breast?

Breast enlargement: Breast augmentation is the most reliable way to increase your breast size. Fat grafting can make a modest change however this procedure is controversial. ...Read more

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How to grow breast I m 28?

How to grow breast I m 28?

Breast: At your age your breast will not grow. ...Read more

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Why do breast always itch?

Why do breast always itch?

Unclear cause: Itching is a vague symptom with lots of causes. Probably the best thing to do is to schedule a visit for a complete examination. ...Read more

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How is the breast designed?

How is the breast designed?

Not sure: The breast develops under the influence of the female hormones estrogen and Progesterone and are for breast feeding. ...Read more

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Why are my breast so heavy?

Why are my breast so heavy?

Are your breasts: Intermittently heavy? Breast heaviness can occur due increased fluid retention. Heaviness can occur in conjunction w premenstrual syndrome, ovulation, your period ; pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why are my breasts so sore?

Why are my breasts so sore?

Many reasons: Slore breasts can be caused by hormonal cyclic changes, physical breast manipulation or injury by "bumping into something" unknowingly. ...Read more