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What is brac analysis for breast cancer?

What is brac analysis for breast cancer?

Genetic blood test.: As many as 10-15% of breast cancers in the US are believed to be hereditary. These are linked to mutations of a particular group of genes called the BRCA genes. There is a simple blood test to check to see if someone has a BRCA mutation. I advise my interested patients to see a genetic counselor to fully understand the ramifications of this test before having it done. ...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 the price for breast cancer genetic testing?

What is the price for breast cancer genetic testing?

3K: Brca comprehensive test offered by myriad is about $3, 000. They have an additional test called bart which used to be charged separately but now is often done as one. Frankly, i don't know if that adds to the cost. These are covered by most insurances if ordered in the right setting. Others labs have developed tests (such as breastnext) for other genes but insurance coverage is not as clear cut. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for male breast cancer?

What is the treatment for male breast cancer?

Same as female: It is essentially the same as a female which means that it depends on the stage and can range from lumpectomy to mastectomy with or without axillary node dissection and/or chemo- or hormonal therapy and/or radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What is chemo for breast cancer like?

What is chemo for breast cancer like?

Tolerable: It can be rough on some people but generally tolerable. Depending on the drug regimen used, some can make the hair fallout temporarily, give some figure tip, and toe numbness, and make a person weak and immune compromised for a short while. But if your medical oncologist recommends it, it is because the benefits outweighs the risks of potential side effects. ...Read more

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What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

Credible information: Start here for overview of breast cancer and treatment. This is a noncommercial site that might be updated. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001911/. ...Read more

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What is the benefit of getting genetic breast cancer testing?

What is the benefit of getting genetic breast cancer testing?

Knowledge is Power: The brca test is a simple (tho, very expensive) blood test to determine if one carries the risk of developing the hereditary form of breast (& ovarian) cancer. Affected people have a 50%chance of passing this on to their children. If the test is (-), this can be very reassuring; if (+), one may choose to be proactive and undergo prophylactic (preventive) mastectomies and oophorectomies. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for triple negative breast cancer?

What is the prognosis for triple negative breast cancer?

Need more info...: All else being equal, women with triple negative breast cancer have a worse prognosis than those who are receptor-positive; however, prognosis is highly correlated with the size of the cancer and the presence of cancer within the axillary lymph nodes. Furthermore, some women are more responsive to chemo than others, which will affect prognosis. ...Read more

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What is age for breast cancer anid what are diagnostic procedures?

What is age for breast cancer  anid what are diagnostic procedures?

See below: Most breast cancer occurs after age 40. Overall lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 12%. Breast cancer risks slowly increase with increasing age. Best diagnostic tests are physical examination with your doctor, yearly mammogram after age 40, sometimes breast ultrasound, maybe breast MRI in very high risk patients. ...Read more

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What is occult breast cancer, what is survival rate of woman older than 60 who have occult breast cancer?

What is occult breast cancer, what is survival rate of woman older than 60 who have occult breast cancer?

Need more details: There is formally no such condition called occult breast Cancer. Please give details of exactly where is your breast cancer located and how was it found in the first place??. I am wondering if you are talking about DCIS or a lymph node metastases in the arm pit but no detectable primary tumor. Please elaborate further. ...Read more

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What is the best screening for ovarian cancer?

What is the best screening for ovarian cancer?

None: There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer that have proven to be benifical. Ca-125 marker testing, pelvic us, pelvic exams have not been conclusivly demonstrated to improve outcomes. The best thing to do would be to ask your doctor what he/she feel is right for you in your situation. ...Read more

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Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Yes: Many genes have been identified that may increase your risk of ovarian cancer from the normal <1% risk to a doubling or up to a 40% lifetime risk. The best validated gene is the brca gene. The new next generation sequencing technology can check for 19 genes at once that increase risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. This may be helpful if you have a family history of ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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If b-cell lymphoma is found in a breast biopsy, is that breast cancer?

If b-cell lymphoma is found in a breast biopsy, is that breast cancer?

It is a cancer: in the breast, but it is not really a breast cancer. Breast cancer arises from tissue specific to the breast: ducts, lobules, and uncommonly supporting tissues. Lymphomas are cancers of the immune system that involve lymphoid tissue/lymphocytes, and can occur virtually anywhere in the body. ...Read more

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Lwhat is age for breast cancer anid what are diagnostic procedures?

Lwhat is age for breast cancer  anid what are diagnostic procedures?

Any / many: It's not common before age 30 but no one is immune. Many more women than man. There's almost always a mass; despite the huge mammogram promotion, you still will do well to check yourself at the same time each month. The huge majority of breast cancers get cured if found early, i.e., by you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is my risk for ovarian cancer is I have the brca-1 gene?

What is my risk for ovarian cancer is I have the brca-1 gene?

54 %: Women with a brca1 mutation have a 54% of getting ovarian cancer during their lifetime. This risk can be reduced to less than 5% by having both ovaries removed. ...Read more

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Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Is there a specific test for ovarian cancer screening? What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

No good screen test: No good screening for ovarian cancer. It requires high awareness from the patient, low threshold of suspicion of md, multiple modalities to detect earlier case of cancer. Symptoms are not specific either that may include non specific lower abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea/vomiting, constipation, weight loss etc. However, when you do have symptoms usually the stage would be more advance. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hereditary breast cancer?

What are the tests for hereditary breast cancer?

Questions!: The best tool in assessing hereditary cancer including breast cancer is a thorough family history. After that the genetic tests that are used test for brca1, brca2, tp53, and pten. More can be found here: http://bit.Ly/myzjj9. ...Read more

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Is there any routine breast cancer genetic testing?

Is there any routine breast cancer genetic testing?

For significant risk: It is not a routine test for everybody with breast cancer. However, if you have significant risk with more than one family member having breast cancer or ovarian cancer , at younger age especially or multiple other type of cancers in the family- a brca 1 and 2 analysis would be something that routinely be done to rule out breast-ovary hereditary syndrome. ...Read more

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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