• Looking for information on tumors found in a lung and on a rib after being in remission for 10 yrs. Originally diagnosed with breast cancer

    Asked by Doll9196 on Saturday, October 27, 2012

    Looking for information on tumors found in a lung and on a rib after being in remission for 10 yrs. Originally diagnosed with breast cancer

    My grandmother was originally diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago. Her tumor markers have been slowly increasing for at least 6 months now, but her oncologist refused to order any scans. Finally after complaining of pain near her left shoulder blade they did an x-ray and found a mass. Last week we found out that there are 4 large tumors in her right lung and a tumor on an upper right lung.
    I would appreciate any information on this situation.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Oh boy. I don't have an answer for you, but there are two good places to start for information, and they both have contact phone numbers as well---

      The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org and

      The National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov

      Best wishes to your grandma and you.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      What information are you looking for? Any information specific to her cancer would have to come from her test results or doctors.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Based on the informatiuon provided I assume the the "tumors" have been found using X-rays and CT scans. X-rays and CT swcans only see differenced in densities of the areas being imaged and can not definitively identify a "mass" as an active cancer tumor, that being said if they are large enough and growing at a sufficient rate they are most likely cancerous but the only way to know for sure is to biopsey them. I also infer from ypir question that you wanty to know if they are part of the same cancer from 10 years ago. Again the only way to know is to get a biopsey and fid out if it is the same cancer. 10 years is a long time for a cancer to remian dorman then come back so I guess that there is a strong possibiloity that it is a different cancer. In any case I would think with the advances in treatment that getting a bio[psey to see exactly what it would be advisable so that the best attack pklan for treatment can be developed. Good luck to you and your grandmother!

      over 8 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      I don't know if this helps but my lymphoma tumors were in my lungs. But my advise to you would be get your doctor to order a biopsie to find out what it is. Good luck :)

      over 8 years ago
    • Doll9196's Avatar

      My grandmother goes in the morning for a series of biopsies so with any good luck we will get some more answers to this puzzle. Thank you for your feedback and insight! I'm just really confused and scared right now.

      over 8 years ago

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