Besides imaging and mri, are there new tests for recurrent breast cancer?

Not really. The follow up of a breast cancer pateint includes interval history, physicial exam, and routine laboratory studies that are helpful in evaluating for recurrent disease. Imaging, such as ct, mri, bone scan or pet/ct is used to evaluate areas of concern raised by the initial studies.
Breast cancer. Can recur in the breast or metastasize to other organs. Mr is imaging, and indicated in "dense breasts" where x-ray mammography is less sensitive. It's routine to image 6 months after lumpectomy and diagnsotic bilateral studies are done annually after lumpectomy. There are experimental interest in linear array ultrasound devices done in the prone position.
Yes PET scan. Pet scan is a very good device to monitor the recurrence of tumor and location of metastasis.

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Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Probably MRI. As a stand alone test MRI is probably the best but these tests all supplement each other and their are benefits to using all when needed. Read more...
Depends. These are all great tests to evaluate the breast tissue. The can be used in combination and provide different types of information. Deciding which to use depends on: age of patient, density of the breast tissue and the type of information needed. Ct is reserved to evaluate for metastatic (spread of cancer outside of breast) disease. Read more...
Situational. For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. Read more...
Start with mammogram. For the vast majority of individuals, work-up/screening should start with mammogram. Ultrasound may be ordered next. Breast MRI is used to screen for breast ca in certain high risk individuals or to complete the work-up of a newly diagnosed breast ca patient. Ct has no roll in the diagnosis of breast cancer - unless one is incidentally picked-up on a chest ct. Read more...

I have been having twinges in my left breast. Have had mammo, ultrasound & mri. All normal. Breast tissue dense. Concerned about breast cancer. What followup do you recommend? Tests were done last August.

Twinges. First it is great news that all of the testing has been normal to this point. I know it is frustrating not having an answer about the cause of the twinges. I would imagine repeating the mammogram in 3-6 months would be reasonable. If there is an early breast cancer (which there doesn't seem to be) you would be catching it early, when it's very treatable. Would need more info about twinges... . Read more...

36 year-old woman whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and a PALB2 mutation wonders if mastectomy is needed to lower her risk.....?

You need testing. If your mother was a BRCA carrier then it is important that you get tested. Since you know that she has a PLAB2 mutation then your testing can even be more precise. If you are a carrier then see an experienced breast surgeon. They can calculate your lifetime risk as well as your 5 year risk to help you make your decisions regarding mastectomy and ovary removal. Read more...
You are doing fine. You are already under good supervision which includes proper genetic counseling in terms of future testing or any active intervention. Annual breast physical examination along with annual MRI of both breasts to screen for early breast cancer would be adequate in my view. I do not recommend risk reduction mastectomy except in folks with BRCA mutation. You should complete your family(have children, if desired, before the age of 40 years). Read more...
Higher risk but not like BRCA. I am glad that you are seeing a GC as this area is evolving rapidly. PALB2 is a high-risk mutation but its risk is dependent on your family history and age. Your risk of lifetime breast cancer will be significantly higher than the average population (estimated 30-35% versus 12%). This is less than BRCA which is as high as 60-80%. Thus, bilateral mastectomy is a choice and not as strongly rec for PALB2. Surveillance should follow high-risk guidelines including MRI. Read more...
Close supervision. www.Breastcancer.org http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1400382?query=featured_home& By age 50 y/o 14 % of women with PALB2 mutation will have been diagnosed with, not died of, breast cancer, by 70 y/o that number is 35 %. A 34 y/o today is 14 and 36 years, respectively, away from those targets. We will have better diagnostic tools and better treatment by then. No data exists, whether women with prophylactic mastectomy do better. Advice: Close observation with MRI (not mammogram: radiation) and ideally follow up at a cancer center that takes care of other women with PALB2 mutation. Read more...
Is an option. This is a complicated issue and personal choice. There should be a percentage risk that you'd develop cancer and that would help to direct you. If it's, say, 80%, I would seriously consider removal. The options really include bilateral mastectomy vs. close surveillance, which should include MRI of the breast, breast exams and mammograms on more frequent basis than yearly, which it seems you're doing now. Read more...
Woud Work. With a mutation and a family history of breast cancer, having a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy would definitely lower the risk. The big question is how much risk would it lower and is it NEEDED? The needed is a question you will have to answer after you have discussed it and all your risks with your surgeon. Definitely would decrease the risk, but without full history, hard to say is needed. Read more...
Breast cancer. . This a complex question that is more appropriate for a direct face to face discussion. There are a number options that are valid. But for starters you need to get tested. . Read more...
Stop all medications. sorry that you have unusual unknown forms of metabolic, immune genetic defect No-one knows too much of it you can only save yourself by cut out all the meds. " If u don't take, you don't die--then don't take" especially the nutritional supplements like vitamin E, omega3 etc and immune suppressants they feed cancer cells before feed regular cells must have very healthy life style and don't respond to stress, stay happy do breast self exam and MRI instead X-ray worthless good luck. Read more...
It depends. The genetic councilor should be able to tell the chance of you having breast cancer in the future based on your entire family tree and the exact type of mutation. It would probably be around 40-60%. Higher screening is an acceptable option if you can get it regularly enough and be aggressive as soon as it is found. It is a difficult decision to make. There is also, anti-hormonal therapy that would reduce your risk of breast cancer. I would make the decision based on your lifestyle an access to healthcare. If you can have adequate and reliable follow ups then may be do that. If you are too nervous about it, then have the mastectomy. It is a difficult decision to make and needs to be tailored to you personally. Read more...
No! Although the PALB2 mutation increases risk, preventive mastectomy is not recommended. There are other ways to decrease your risk including taking raloxifene or tamoxifen. See a medical oncologist to discuss this (and a genetic counselor! ) Read more...

Can you determine breast cancer with an MRI with contrast?

Need biopsy. An MRI can show abnormalities but a cancer diagnosis can only be made with a biopsy. A biopsy requires getting a piece of the abnormal area with a needle. Read more...
Breast cancer. All imaging studies help you evaluate the extent of disease. Mri is a very valuable tool. Read more...
MRI. It is one of the many options for evaluating breasts. Mammogram and ultrasound are the most common. Mri is useful in pts with implants so both breast and implants can b evaluated. Read more...

Which is better if I am extremely high risk for breast cancer. MRI or 3-D mammagram?

Probably MRI. MRI have been used for high risk women to identify cancer. The 3d mammogram is better then regular mammogram + digital mammogram, but been around for couple of years, so we don't have long term data yet. Talk to your doctor or a breast surgeon to discuss which one you qualify for if you are truly high risk. Read more...