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What exactly is breast cancer reconstruction? Is it safe?

What exactly is breast cancer reconstruction? Is it safe?

Restoring breast: Reconstruction of the breasts is restoring the breast shape as much as possible to normal after breast cancer treatment has caused a deformity. Sometimes cancer treatment removes part of a breast, and sometimes the entire breast. There are many options that you can chose from after having a long discussion between your plastic surgeon, oncologist and yourself. ...Read more

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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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What is invasive breast cancer and how is it treated? What is the general survival rate?

What is invasive breast cancer and how is it treated? What is the general survival rate?

Breast ca: Invasive refers to the tumor cells invading through the originating structure [usually the milk duct in breast cancer] and developing the ability to attract more blood supply and grow bigger. It also means it can spread to other parts of body. From am ca society: 2001-2002 stage & 5-year survival rate: 0-93%; i-88%; iia- 81%; iib- 74%; iiia- 67%; iiib- 41%*; iiic; 49%*; iv- 15%;. ...Read more

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Breast cancer... what is it all about?

Breast cancer... what is it all about?

What is love?: Just as that question, yours is waaaaay too broad to answer in 400 characters. Maybe you can be more specific. Also, to learn about breast cancer, check the websites for the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and Komen. Best to you. ...Read more

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How exactly is breast cancer transmitted?

How exactly is breast cancer transmitted?

Not transmitted: It is essential that you know that breast cancer is not "transmitted" like an infectious disease. It is not contagious (though there is a mouse form that is passed mother-to-daughter). A woman develops breast cancer through mutations over the course of many years. Hope this is the answer you sought, and good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly is breast thermography?

What exactly is breast thermography?

Unproven: Breast thermography is an unproven device used to screen for breast cancer. It picks up heat patterns from the breast. The theory is that cancer cells will cause the breast to be hotter in the area, and that the breast "heat map" will show them. In truth, this test has not been proven to detect breast cancer and it should not be used for that purpose. Only mammograms are proven for this use. ...Read more

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What exactly is a breast lift?

What exactly is a breast lift?

Breast reshaping: A breast lift doesn't merely lift the breast--it also shapes the breast and often incorporates the use of an implant to help provide not only additional volume but also structure to the breast. Overall, a breast lift generally lifts and shapes tissue, reduces the diameter of the areola, and restores a more youthful appearance to the breast. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Is it cancer?

What is a mass? Is it cancer?

A mass is...: an abnormal lump, a collection of fluid (cyst), cells , clot, pus pocket (abscess). Solud mass is a tumor. Tumors can be benign (not cancer), or malignant (cancer). That diagnosis with rare exception requires tissue sampling and examination (biopsy). Biopsy does not mean cancer; it means taking tissue for a closer look under microscope. Cancer diagnosis needs specific microscopic abnormalities ...Read more

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How possible is this breast cancer?

How possible is this breast cancer?

Possible : Since we have no clue of what "this" means, the answer is yes, it is possible. It's also possible it's not cancer. See a doctor please, you need an exam. ...Read more

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What is tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

What is tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

Estrogen blocker: Hi. Tamoxifen is an estrogen receptor antagonist. Certain cancers (most notably estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer) are stimulated to proliferate in response to estrogen, and blocking estrogen action at its receptor or blocking estrogen production by blocking the aromatase enzyme have been shown to be very therapeutic. Tamoxifen is not useful in cancer research that does nor involve estrogen ...Read more

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What is tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

What is tamoxifen and why is it used in cancer research?

Estrogen blocker: Tamoxifen is a drug which blocks estrogen receptor. Cancers which express high levels of estrogen receptor, such as some breast cancers, may respond well (shrink) to tamoxifen. It has been in clinical use for decades. ...Read more

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Heterogeneous mass what is the answer for this is it surgery?

Heterogeneous mass what is the answer for this is it surgery?

Need more info..: Where is it located? What is the size? There are many things that are "heterogeneous" from benign lipomas, to benign thyroid nodules, to benign ovarian lesions, etc, etc. Need much more clinical information to try to guess what this ccould be. Your doctor who requested the evaluation would be best to ask this question to. ...Read more

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Is trachelectomy safe if there is some cancer left?

Is trachelectomy safe if there is some cancer left?

Many leave the cvx: At hysterectomy for comfort and safety, but it leaves the part of the uterus at risk for cancer. Trachelectomy is indicated if cancer occurs, the alternate of XRT is compromised because the endocervical cavity dead ends, so the brachy ascpect cannot use tandem. Trachelctomy + node dissection best option. ...Read more

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What type of cancer is lip cancer? How is it treated?

What type of cancer is lip cancer? How is it treated?

Squamous Ca: Most cancers of the lip are squamous cancers. Depending on the size and site, that is upper or lower lip and proximity to the commissures, wide resection and reconstruction is performed. If very large the lesion should be reduced in size by RT (gamma) or single infusion of high dose MTX with citrovorum factor. One must also be sure that upper cervical nodes not involved. ...Read more

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What exactly is inflammatory breast cancer?

What exactly is inflammatory breast cancer?

Type of cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get breast enhancement surgery?

Yes: Breast augmentation is a very safe, elective cosmetic procedure that is proven and straight forward. As with all surgical procedures there are the usual risks however it is very safe and effective for the appropriate person. ...Read more

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How to know it is cyst or breast cancer?

How to know it is cyst or breast cancer?

See your physician: Who will take a history, do a physical exam and possibly order tests such as mammogram or ultrasound. ...Read more

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What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

DCIS : Dcis is stage 0 breast cancer it is ductal carcinoma in situ this is made of cancerous cell that are actually located in their normal position in the breast duct and do not have the ability to spread which is the hallmark of the invasive or real breast cancer it is treated usually with surgery and radiation and hormonal treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly is arthroscopic knee surgery? When is it done? What is the recovery time? Is it dangerous?

What exactly is arthroscopic knee surgery? When is it done? What is the recovery time? Is it dangerous?

Incision, scope, cut: Anesthetize area, insert scope thru small incision, establish problem after washing out cloudy fluid with sterile clear sol'n, insert thin surgical tool (like scissor), correct prob. Done for torn meniscal cartilage, ant cruciate ligament, remove loose fragments or inflamed tissue. Recovery time depends on proc and ortho: 1-8 wks. Anesthesia reax, infection, clots, fluid reaccum: generally safe. ...Read more

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What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Stage 4 Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that started in the breast, but has spread into other places like the liver, lung, bones or brain. It is also called stage 4 breast cancer. It is not usually curable, but many women live with metastatic breast cancer for years with ongoing treatment. ...Read more

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What is fibrocystic breast disease and how is it treated?

What is fibrocystic breast disease and how is it treated?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Most women's breasts are "lumpy-bumpy" and often hurt just before/during one's menstrual cycle. When this "flies above the radar", we give it fancy names like "mastalgia" and "fibrocystic changes". Some women respond to caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, oil of primrose, or even occasional nsaids. Please discuss your concerns with your gynecologist--they should be able to reassure you not to worry. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more