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Hello again and thank you for your previous reply. I am the person with the occult primary. I have one more question! I have been reading about lobular breast cancer and it seems that this type of breast cancer does not form tumors, if I understand it correctly. When I asked my doctor why didn''t he think it was lobular, he said it just doesn''t present like a lobular. But the only thing that presented were the lymph nodes with adenocarcinoma. How does a person know if they have lobular breast cancer if it doesn''t show up on biopsy and there is no tumor? Thank you in advance.

A: The cancer cells found elsewhere-- lymph nodes, or even biopsied in another organ like lung, liver or bone, would show lobular invasive carcinoma. that''s how they would determine the type of cancer that it was, even if they can''t find the daggone primary in the breast. Sometimes a definitive mass is seen and sometimes not. Lobular has a history of being a bit sneaky on mammograms and not ''showing itself'' clearly as the radiologist and patient certainly desire....

I am 39, post mastectomy & TAC chemo, finished rad 2wks ago, on herceptin. Mother had bilateral IDC with mets, died after 5 yrs at age 57. Her father died of lung cancer, and his 3 sisters (my great aunts) all had cancer too (1 breast, others unknown). I am negative for BRCA 1&2. Genetics counselor wants me to have addtl genetics testing for ''cryptic mutation''. I know my risk for metastasis is high given number of + nodes (13/21). I am wondering about risk of contralateral bc and whether to have prophylactic mastectomy and/or hysterectomy.

A: there may be other BRCA genes we simply don''t have a blood test for yet though. your family history is significant but its degree of significance is clouded by not having details about the other great aunts. 1 in 3 people develop some type of cancer-- we only focus on familiar history of breast, ovarian, melanoma and pancreatic as being red flags for genetics of breast cancer. that said, considering prophylactic mastectomy is very reasonable. if hormone receptor positive removal of ovaries may be of multiple benefit. if you wish to come to us for evaluation of this...

Hi, I am writing once again hoping that somebody will be able to get to my question. My mother who lives in India has been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and underwent mastectomy recently. She is 65 years old and recovering from the surgery. Her lymph nodes have been affected too. The doctor attending to her classified it as ''Infilterating type of breast cancer that has spread to Auxillary and Apical Nodes'' and that it has matasized. I am not really sure what that means? Fortunately, no other viral organs are affected while we wait for the report of the tests on the removed breast. Now, we are trying to get ready for the next step and that is Chemo. Normally, how many weeks after the surgery do they start the Chemo? My mom being a diabetic may have a slower healing in the first place. I am just worried if it is possible that the cancer may spread else where from now until the Chemo starts. ofcourse she is put on Anti-cancer oral medication. What are her chances of survival? also, can you explain me what is ''Dose Dense Chemo'' and its success rates. Are there any programs under which i can bring my mom here from India for treatment since i have heard that John Hopkins is World''s best in Breast cancer treatment. Hoping that someone can answer my questions. Please pardon my language since English is not my first language. Thank you.

A: First, if there is no evidence of breast cancer having spread to other organs (lung, bone, liver) then this isn''t stage IV breast cancer.... based on what you have described she has disease in the axillary nodes in her armpit but no evidence of disease elsewhere. they tumor diameter and number of nodes involved with further define her stage. additional tests such as her2neu and hormone receptors will further help define her prognosis and treatment plan. dose dense chemo is chemo given more frequently than standard. it is a clinical research study and we don''t have results yet from years of study to compare it to...

Possibility of lung cancer?

A: Hi Confused, the chances of you having lung cancer at 19 are very very slim. You could however have problems with allergies, and possibly some type of respiratory infection that needs attention. Make an appointment with your family physician and if you don''t have one, there are minor emergency centers (at least that''s what we call them here in Indiana) that can take a look at you. They will probably run a few tests and that would alleviate your worries.....Please don''t think the worst, just take one step at a time and try to remain calm and positive. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. Jan Jan, thank you so much for the reply.. I had a visit to the doctor''s


New to the Forum and New to the World of lung cancer

A: Well...yes I did go throught that with my husband... I am not sure though if it makes them go on oxygen sooner...but now that she has the lung cancer goes it wont make any difference....from what I read there is no evidence that shows that lung cancer patients who smoke have a shortened life compared with those who dont. my husband was a pack a day smoker...pretty consistently... after being diagnosed in March and being told he was terminal..he started smoking more...mainly to calm his nerves...there were times where he would go through 3 packs a day... it just was never consistent....b/c other times he would smoke less than a pack a day...especially toward the end.... unfortunately he...


What are the types of lung diseases besides lung cancer?

A: I have been diagnosed with metastic disease of my lungs. It is not lung cancer. I have a history of Kidney cancer and Bladder cancer....


Side Effects of lung cancer Brachytherapy

A: Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that can be used to treat lung cancer. This therapy works to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells through the use of ionizing radiation, a type of energy. This therapy involves taking radioactive material and placing it directly next to or inside the tumor. Also referred to as internal radiation therapy, brachytherapy allows the doctor to administer a higher dose of radiation to treat a smaller area in less time than external radiation allows. Understanding the possible lung cancer brachytherapy side effects will help all...

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