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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Kindly check the test results of breast cancer and explain.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed with grade 4 breast cancer last month. She had abscess drainage from the left breast. Now, she is taking Femara 2.5 and Zometa 4.0 mg. After the next day, she became sick with fever, weakness, and lost consciousness for 30 seconds. We took her to the emergency i...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has metastatic inflammatory breast cancer with lung and bony metastasis. She needs to control diabetes by doing exercise, diet, and medication. She needs to consult an endocrinologist ...  Read Full »

Chemotherapy sessions for breast cancer has been increased to 12. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is suffering from breast cancer, and her treatment is going on. We have already done four chemotherapy with a gap of 21 days, but now instead the surgery doctor advised us to take 12 chemotherapy weekly. Please let me know the treatment that is going on is right or wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. So with chemotherapy, the size of the tumor is reduced significantly to make breast tumor operable. She has completed four cycles every 21 days, and now they will start the second phase of weekly chemotherapy (a new drug) for 12...  Read Full »

I have a non-growing lump in left nipple for more than 10 years. Could it be cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump behind my left nipple for around 10 years. It is a painless and hard lump which is just behind the nipple, and it seems to be round in shape and is about more than 1 cm in size. It is not growing and is of fixed size. I also notice skin discoloration on the breast like s...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks all these lesions are benign (non-cancerous). This small lump which is there for 10 years is certainly benign as cancerous lump grows and spreads. Regarding skin discoloration looking like melanin patches and fluid lumps. You have not mentioned the detail...  Read Full »

Breast cancer detected two days ago. Please provide expert opinion on treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I need advise from experts about my mother. She is suffering from breast cancer. It was diagnosed two days ago. I want an expert's opinion for future treatment. Kindly guide me. What is the best treatment?  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, the biopsy report has confirmed the diagnosis of breast cancer. Now, the next step will be to stage this disease. For that purpose, she will be adviced to do a CT scan of ...  Read Full »

What is non-FDG avid in a PET scan of a breast cancer patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother had breast cancer 13 years back, and this year again she has been diagnosed with bone only metastasis as per the report. She is currently on Letrozole and Ibrance for the last five months. Initially there was bone pain near pelvic, and so did the ultrasound, in that it came mini...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding the new findings on CT PET Scan of your mother. She is having multiple bony metastases proven radiologically and pathologically. The generalized mesenteric and omental haziness with raised tumor markers Ca 125 / CEA, these finding...  Read Full »

There is a hard lump under the nipple. I am afraid of breast cancer. How to proceed further?

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 icliniq.com.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/unmarried ...  Read Full »

What is the confirmatory test done to detect breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has a lump on her breast. She underwent a biopsy. In the biopsy report, it came as benign. Another test showed that she has stage 3 breast cancer (she has no symptoms) and the doctor advised us for a mastectomy. The doctor recommended us to do some tests such as blood count, br...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The only way to confirm breast cancer is through a tissue biopsy. It is better to repeat a biopsy. There are other investigations like a mammogram, CT Scan and tumor markers, which can help to detect breast cancer.  Read Full »

If patient has metastatic breast cancer, what is the solution?

Query: Hello doctor, The patient is a 36-year-old female. She is a metastatic breast cancer patient. The diagnosis was made three years ago. Metastasis found this year through FDG PET CT scan. The primary treatment was for breast lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy (3 FEC+3 Docetaxel), and radiation ther...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like she is having progressive metastatic breast cancer triple positive (ER +, Her 2 +ve). She received chemotherapy, hormonal, and target therapy (Trastuzumab). She also underwent BCS, oophorectomy, plus radiotherapy. Despite all this treatment. she progres...  Read Full »

What does raised tumor marker indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is receiving breast cancer treatment for the past five years. Recently, she went for the blood test, and her results for tumor marker CA 15-3 has gone above 500 U/mL. Is it bad? Does her cancer got spread? I am concerned. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Cancer antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3) is a tumor marker. Its range is raised. It is alarming and highly suspicious to have the recurrence of the previously treated breast cancer. So it is better to repeat the test. So, she must consult her oncolog...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for IDC breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister is diagnosed with IDC measuring 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.2 cm. Please advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The biopsy report has confirmed the diagnosis of breast cancer. The next step will be staging for the disease. For that, she will be adviced to do a CT scan for chest, abdomen, and pelv...  Read Full »

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