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What Type Of Breast Cancer Do I Have
Pathology: Although the two most common types of invasive breast cancer are "ductal" and "lobular", there are many less common varieties. However, the most important features are not necessarily the type of breast cancer, but the size, lymph node status, presence/absence of metastatic disease and hormonal/her-2 status of the tumor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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
Stage-Dependent: Breast cancer survival is more related to the stage rather than the type (ductal, lobular, medullary, etc). Anatomic staging looks@the size of the cancer&the presence of lymph node and/or distant organ involvement. Molecular staging looks at the presence or absence of specific tumor markers(estrogen-, progesterone-, her2/neu receptors). The most difficult cancers to rx are those w/metastases. ...Read more
Is it possible for any type of breast cancer for the symptoms get better or do they continue to get worst?
No: Fibroadenomas are the most common benign tumors of the breast. They are often estrogen sensitive and are prone to grow in estrogen-rich environments. Accordingly, it is not uncomon for these to develop after puberty, pregnancy, or following the use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. If a biopsy has been performed to establish the diagnosis, they do not need to be removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread
Possibly IBC: Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes w/ongoing evol.: Current thinking has identified different subtypes of breast cancer based on their cellular origin and genetic makeup - luminal (phenobarbital) a, luminal (phenobarbital) b, her2 overexpressing, and basal-like/triple negative. This is beginning to allowed more targetted therapy. Moving forward, molecular analysis and microarray genomic analysis may allow even more specificity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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