• Going for an MRI tomorrow. What will it tell me about my cancer?

    Asked by caesarsbella3 on Monday, October 1, 2012

    Going for an MRI tomorrow. What will it tell me about my cancer?

    tumor type is Infiltrating mammary carcinoma,most consistent with a Lobular Carcinoma

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It won't really tell you anything, but it will provide more detailed information about the spread, density, size, and location of your tumor for your oncologist and surgeon. They will use that information in developing a treatment plan.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      An MRI is like a 3-D x-ray. It may actually pick up hot spots missed by your mammogram (and ultrasound?). Best of luck to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      an MRI helps the docs to locate the cancer so they can better set up a treatment plan. I have pet scans myself...this scan will indicate the smallest cancer cells. Best of luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • bp440's Avatar

      A couple of women I worked with had a breast MRI and they found cancer in the opposite breast that had not shown up on the mammogram. It was life saver for both of them. I think they can also see if there is activity in the lymph nodes. It is becoming a standard of practice for treatment planning in our community.

      over 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      An MRI can spot a lesion or mass but it cannot tell you with 100% certainty that it is cancer. The only test that can do that is a PET. That is the only function of a PET. If they know the location of your prior tumor, the MRI can tell you if it has gotten larger or decreased. But only because that is an established tumor. Anything new it picks up could be a tumor, or a polyp, cyst, or scar tissue. PETS are the only test whose sole function is to find malignancies.

      over 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I went for a breast MRI after a mammo found my tumor. The MRI found 2 smaller tumors that were missed in the mammo. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      I had a mri after I had the core biopsy and prior to surgery for a lumpectomy. The mammogram showed 1 tumor, the core needle biopsy showed 1 tumor as did the mri. When surgery was done an additional tumor behind the 1st one was found, totally different and smaller. I agree with nancyjack and lynn 1950, it's to aid your oncologist and surgeon with their treatment plan.

      over 8 years ago

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