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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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