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If i had cancer in 3 lumps in my breast and 6 of the lymn nodes also percentage that it has spread to other organs?

If i had cancer in 3 lumps in my breast and 6 of the lymn nodes also percentage that it has spread to other organs?

Lets Define "Spread": Cancer cells may often be present in other organs, esp w/lymph node + disease, but we can't always see it using routine tests (ct, bone scans, pet scans). This microscopic "spread" is often amenable to treatment--chemotherapy--the success of that rx is dependent upon your cancer's unique molecular "fingerprint". Please talk to your oncologist to understand the best options for your cancer rx. ...Read more

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 percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

Not very high: Majority of lumps ( not masses ) are lumpy breast with areas of thickness are not malignant, but biopsy is needed not to miss a cancer, about 20% of time they will be malignant. ...Read more

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What kinds of lumps under breasts are cancerous?

What kinds of lumps under breasts are cancerous?

Usually not possible: To tell. It is generally not feasible to tell if a lump is cancerous. However, hard lumps that are fixed to the skin or chest wall are likely to be cancer, however, lumps without these characteristics can still be cancerous. If you have a lump in your breast, please see your doctor for examination and may be mammogram. ...Read more

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Are breast lumps cancerous?

Are breast lumps cancerous?

Many Possibilities: The breast by its very nature is "lumpy-bumpy", often making it difficult to distinguish lumps that count from normal breat tissue. Lumps "that count" (dominant masses) tend to be distinct from normal breast tissue. They may be fluid-filled (cysts) or solid (tumors)--this can be differentiated by ultrasound. Tumors may be benign or malignant--this can be differentiated by biopsy. ...Read more

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Can breast lumps be non-cancerous?

Can breast lumps be non-cancerous?

Yes: Lumps can be caused by cysts and benign solid lesions such as fibroadenomas. The only way to tell the difference between these and cancers is to get mammograms and ultrasound examinations of the lumpy areas. When there is still a question, a needle biopsy or aspiration is done to make sure. ...Read more

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What are the chances of breast lumps becoming cancerous?

What are the chances of breast lumps becoming cancerous?

Not a change from : One to the other. Breast lumps are either cancer or not cancer. Non-cancerous lumps usually do not become cancerous. The proportion of lumps that are cancer varies with the age and other risk factors. See this site for more information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003155.htm. ...Read more

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What are common types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps?

Cysts, fibroadenomas: Cysts and fibroadenomas are the most common benign lumps. But if someone feels a lump it is best to see a breast disease specialist and get a mammogram and a directed ultrasound of the lump. It is not possible to determine what it is based on size, how it feels, and age of person. ...Read more

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My breasts feel hard lately in some spots but not sure if they are cancer lumps or what?

Go see your doctor: New breast lumps felt by women need to be evaluated. You at least need a breast exam, and your doctor might recommend a mammogram. What you are feeling might not be cancer lumps, but still should not be ignored. It is better to catch breast cancer early. ...Read more

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