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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....


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...


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...


Adenocarcinomas - Please tell me more about this lung cancer type

A: Dear Cecilia, I am very sorry to hear about our sister. Unfortunately lung cancer incidence is increasing in non-smoking women. We don"t really know why. Viruses, hormonal factors and genetic factors have been looked into, but there is no conclusive link. But worldwide half of all lung cancer in women is NOT due to smoking. Adenocarcinoma is one of the types of non-small cell lung cancer. In any disease there is at least a small increase in risk for people that have a close relative with the disease, but for lung...


What should we expect from lung cancer?

A: There is very little good news as far as lung cancers are concerned, and very little chance that they ever will be. The prognosis of lung cancer depends upon the localization and size of the tumor, the presence of symptoms, the type of lung cancer, and the overall health status of the patient. Small cell or "oat cell" lung cancer has the most aggressive growth of all lung cancers, with...


What Is Involved in a lung cancer Biopsy?

A: A lung cancer biopsy is used to check for the presence of lung cancer cells. To diagnose cancer, a doctor usually removes a small sampling of tissue from a patient`s lungs. This sample is then examined for cancer cells. There are four different procedures a doctor may use to check for lung cancer. He may perform a bronchoscope, needle, or open biopsy to diagnose lung cancer, or he may use a procedure called video assisted thoracoscopic surgery instead.. One type


What is non-small cell lung cancer?

A: Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common form of lung cancer, accounting for about 85% of all lung cancers. As you might expect, the cells of non-small lung cancer are larger than those of small cell lung cancer. There are several different types of non-small cell lung cancers, based on the type of cells found in the...

Where can lung cancer spread to?

A: Sorry to hear about your aunt. To my understanding, lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body. Also, once it goes to the brain... well... that''s not good. This is what my dad''s oncologist conveyed. I can understand the curiosity of knowing about lung cancer, but my personal opinion is more for you to focus on your aunt to uplift her spirits. The mind is very powerful, and a positive attitude helps and guides you through this awful disease. God Bless! lung cancer gets often into bones and brain, other places, too. There is a lot of...


What Is the Average lung cancer Life Expectancy?

A: The most common questions physicians receive after delivering the news that a patient has lung cancer are about life expectancy. lung cancer life expectancy depends on many variables, including overall general health, patient age, treatment tolerance, and how advanced the cancer is at the time of diagnosis. Based on these factors, lung cancer patients can expect a wide range of prognoses, from complete cure or remission to a few weeks left to live. Though only a medical professional can determine with some certainty how a patient is responding...

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