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Pagets disease diagnosis

Pagets disease diagnosis: The genesis treating breast cancer

Pagets disease diagnosis

Pagets disease diagnosis. Anything that makes you vulnerable to breast cancer is an enemy to your health and must be addressed

Anything that makes you vulnerable to breast cancer is an enemy to your health and must be addressed professionally. Cancer is a life threating health condition that you don’t want to associate with. Like with all types of cancer Pagets disease diagnosis must be done early. According to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, before the diagnosis, there are certain tests to be done for the purpose of evaluating the patient’s condition. Such tests include:

Pagets disease diagnosis: Clinical breast exam and physical exam

During this exam, the doctor will physically check for any unusual areas in both breasts, noting the appearance of the skin on and around your nipples and feeling for any lumps or areas of thickening.

Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray exam of done on the breast tissue. It may indicate whether the nipple and skin changes are linked to an underlying breast cancer, as is usually the case in Paget’s disease of the breast. In the event that the results from mammography conducted in both fails to effectively reveal any signs of breast cancer, a further test of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be applied. This is done to help in detecting any cancer that’s not able to be seen on a mammogram.

Pagets disease diagnosis: Breast biopsy

A biopsy is done by the doctor where he or she remove a small sample of breast tissue from the skin of your nipple for further examination under a microscope in a laboratory. Where a patient has some nipple discharge, a sample of the discharge might also be collected.

Alongside with that, if a patient has some lumps in the breast, a biopsy of that tissue will also be done. If the test reveals any cancer cells from the samples collected, the doctor may choose to refer the patient to a breast surgeon to discuss treatment options.

Pagets disease diagnosis: Sentinel lymph node biopsy

If you have invasive breast cancer, the lymph nodes under your arm (axillary lymph nodes) need to be checked to see if the cancer has spread to this area. This can be done in a procedure known as a sentinel lymph node biopsy.

During the biopsy, your surgeon locates the sentinel nodes the first lymph nodes to receive the drainage from breast tumors and therefore the first place cancer cells will travel. If a sentinel node is removed, examined and found to be normal, the chance of finding cancer in any of the remaining nodes is small and no other nodes need to be removed.

Pagets disease diagnosis: The genesis treating breast cancer

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DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

DCIS treatment readiness

DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients must seek timely solutions

Like with all other cancer, DCIS treatment readiness is very essential. For timely treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) patients need to schedule an appointment with their specialist immediately they notice a lump or any other unusual changes on the breast. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, it is important that if you’re seeking for second opinion, you must submit to your new doctor all the tests results of all the previous tests done. Submit all the original diagnostic mammogram images and biopsy results to your new appointment. These should include your mammography images, ultrasound CD and glass slides from your breast biopsy. As you make that move, the following pieces of information will prepare you for your new appointment including what to expect from your doctor:

DCIS treatment readiness: What you can do

Document your medical history, be honest and detailed stating any benign breast conditions you may have been diagnosed with and any radiotherapy you may have received before.

Family history of breast cancer, especially among the nuclear and very close members of the family.

List of both current and past medications. This should include all prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. Never forget to mention hormonal replacement therapy where applicable.

Be in company of a family member or friend during the appointment. The pain that come with cancer diagnosis can make you lose focus. A second ear is important for accuracy of information.

Write down questions to ask your doctor. In your state of mind it may be easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Listing prior questions is going to help you benefit fully. The following are some questions you may want to ask your doctor about DCIS:

  • What treatment approach is appropriate?
  • What tests would reveal the type and stage of cancer?
  • Do I need to change my lifestyle to help reduce my risk of a DCIS recurrence?
  • Are there any side effects or complications during treatment?
  • Is seeing a genetic counselor necessary?
  • How effective is this treatment approach effective in women with a similar diagnosis?
  • How will recurrence of DCIS be handled?
  • For how long will I need follow-up visits upon completing treatment?
  • Is a second opinion necessary?
  • Do I have breast cancer?

These are just guide lines. You can use to make your own. Always remember to ask without holding. It is very important for you and the doctor.

DCIS treatment readiness: What to expect from your doctor

Besides your own question, the doctor will also have some questions for you. Such will be to help him/her give an informed professional opinion. It is likely that your doctor will ask some of the following:

  • What is your daily diet like, do you take alcohol?
  • Have you in the past or your close female relatives been tested for the BRCA gene mutations?
  • Have you had other breast biopsies or operations?
  • Have you gone through menopause?
  • Have you ever had radiation therapy?
  • Besides this, have you been diagnosed with any breast conditions?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • In your family history, has anyone had breast cancer?
  • Are you using or have you used any medications or supplements to relieve the symptoms of menopause?
  • How active are you physically?

Try your best to give honest responses and feel free to explain all you can. This is not a very good time for anyone but as experts at AWAREmed health center, we will always be there for you to help you go through this. You can call us for any further professional advice.

DCIS treatment readiness: Preparing for your appointment

 

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