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What are the tests for metastatic breast cancer?
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In brief: PET/CT
The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan.
A bone scan is also helpful if you're concerned about bony disease, and a head MRI for brain metastases. The sites of distant spread for breast cancer are generally the lungs, the liver, the bone and the brain, so these tests are sufficient.

In brief: PET/CT
The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan.
A bone scan is also helpful if you're concerned about bony disease, and a head MRI for brain metastases. The sites of distant spread for breast cancer are generally the lungs, the liver, the bone and the brain, so these tests are sufficient.
Dr. Maggie Dinome
Dr. Maggie Dinome
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Dr. Steven Tucker
A useful test for metastatic breast cancer is also to measure CTC's , circulating tumor cells. This test is prognostic for survival and response to therapy.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
CT of the chest,abdomen and pelvis are useful in many situations
2 doctors agree
In brief: PET/CT
The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan.
A bone scan is also a helpful test if you're concerned about bony disease, and a brain MRI is helpful to look at the head. The sites of distant spread of breast cancer are generally liver, lungs, bone and brain, so these tests are sufficient.

In brief: PET/CT
The primary test for staging for breast cancer is the pet/ct scan.
A bone scan is also a helpful test if you're concerned about bony disease, and a brain MRI is helpful to look at the head. The sites of distant spread of breast cancer are generally liver, lungs, bone and brain, so these tests are sufficient.
Dr. Maggie Dinome
Dr. Maggie Dinome
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Many possibilities
Mri, pet scan, bone scan, x-rays, blood chemistry, etc.

In brief: Many possibilities
Mri, pet scan, bone scan, x-rays, blood chemistry, etc.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Stephen Saponaro
An important part of the work up for breast cancer includes breast mri. This can be useful at detecting additional breast cancer which is not visible on mammogram or ultrasound. It is also helpful at assessing the lymph nodes.
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