Breast Cancer

Cancer that develops from the breast tissue is called breast cancer. The symptoms of breast cancer are breast lump, breast pain, red skin over the breast, bloody nipple discharge, a sudden change in the shape and size of the breast, and inverted nipples. Genes, early menstruation, hormone therapy, late menopause, and late pregnancy are a few risk factors of breast cancer.

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I have a new lump after removing the fibroadenoma lump from my right breast. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had breast surgery to remove a fibroadenoma lump from my right breast. Within days after the breast surgery, a new lump appears suddenly in my right breast. I did a biopsy on the new lump and it is benign. For many years, the new lump has been stable in size and not growing. However...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hi,Welcome to smooth (gently) lobulated solid nodule shows that there are chances of being fibroadenoma are more likely. Fibroadenoma turning into cancer is very unusual. The above statement is based only on ultrasound and your history description. But you better consult a loc...  Read Full »

My breast ultrasound reveals stromal distortion in my right breast. Does it mean I have breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My breast ultrasound came back with stromal distortion noted in my right breast. What does it mean? Will it lead to breast cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The distortion in breast stroma is mostly due to previous surgery or biopsy. It does not imply breast cancer. Now we cannot predict any cancer. But the regular follow-up is mandatory. 1. Have you undergone any surgery? 2. Is any of your family members or close relat...  Read Full »

Do the quarter-sized nonmobile lump under my nipple look like breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I found a quarter-sized hard nonmobile lump under my nipple a day ago. Is that an usual spot to get breast cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is usually uncommon to have breast cancer in this age group. It looks most likely a benign breast lesion or a localized infection. You have not given many details about this lump such as skin or nipple color change, any nipple discharge, whether you are married/unmarri...  Read Full »

Despite my mother saying she has breast cancer and has a few days to live, she appears normal. So is she lying about cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother told us five years ago that she has NASH and has a few months to live. However, she is still active, but one and a half years ago, she told her grandchildren and me that she had breast cancer and had a few months to live. Since she has had NASH and she gets drained every two week...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As she performs ascites tapping every two weeks, that means the liver is failing. Liver failure is a serious condition with high mortality. Breast cancer is manifested with swelling in the breast and may lead to weight loss and anorexia. S...  Read Full »

Can the lump under my male breast be cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. My complaint is that I have a breast lump in my right breast lower outer quadrant. I noticed it three days ago. I have pain at that site. I also noticed redness in the surrounding areas. I have poor beard growth and chest hair so I suspect that it could be gyne...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Most probably it is gynecomastia as it is common in young age and may cause pain. Although, breast cancer is rare in males, it is more aggressive with rapid growth and spread. I suggest that you take painkillers and send me a photo of the red lump Also if you have no...  Read Full »

Why is there numbness in left side of chin in a metastasizing breast cancer patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61-year-old with breast cancer metastasizing to the liver, nodes, and bones. I am currently on Abraxane and Herceptin. I was diagnosed 19 years back and had 15 years of no cancer. Metastasis to a few nodes was noted four years back. I have been on Taxol, Taxatore and now Abraxan...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been living with this cancer for a long time and have a lot of information about it. This numbness on your chin can be a side effect of your chemotherapy but without MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain very difficult to say you do not have any brai...  Read Full »

Report says breast nodules are fibroadenoma, but I am terrified. Please help me.

Query: Hi doctor, They found two solid nodules around 0.09 cm on my left breast, one of which was suspicious finding BIRAD 4. On the ultrasonography, it looks black inside, wider than tall. Please help me out. I am terrified. The report said although it could be a fibroadenoma, it is still suspicious.  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the ultrasound report of the breast (attachment removed to protect patient identity) which is showing two suspicious solid nodules. Now, it is highly recommended to take a biopsy from both the solid nodules to confirm the diagnosis. Biopsy report ...  Read Full »

Is the lump in breast cancer or cyst?

Query: Hello doctor, I found a lump in my breast five months back. Initially, it was told to be a cyst. I followed up after four weeks, and the cyst was unchanged. My PCP recommended a needle biopsy to be safe. My surgeon felt more comfortable with a lumpectomy because I have a family history of thyroid tu...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your reports. It looks like early breast cancer, and it is predominantly a cystic lesion. It is staged as pT1c Nx hormone receptor-positive and HER2/neu negative. Histopathology is showing low-risk breast cancer as it is predominantly a cystic lesion with a pr...  Read Full »

Would hormone therapy shrink a large breast tumor in a 79 year old?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a patient who is female, 79 years and has a large breast tumor. Rather than giving chemotherapy, I personally would like her to try out hormone therapy. Would hormone therapy shrink a large tumor? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hormone therapy will shrink the hormone-sensitive mass, but by how much is difficult to predict. It is really helpful if the patient has poor performance status and significant comorbidities.   Read Full »

I am fatigued with severe bone pain, and have abnormal smear findings. Is my cancer recurring?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a history of breast cancer for which the treatment got completed around two years back.Following are the current findings of my blood smear:Anisocytosis: +1,Poikilocytosis: +1,Polychromasia: +1,Ovalocytes: +1,And a few atypical lymphocytes.I am feeling very weak with severe bone ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello,Welcome to is my opinion of your findings:Anisocytosis means variations in the size of red blood cells and poikilocytosis is variations in the shape of red blood cells. These two findings together with polychromasia could be because of hemolytic anemia. However, anemia is...  Read Full »

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