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Is it common to have pain at the site where a benign breast tumor was removed?

1 1/2 years ago I had a bilateral lumpectomy (both benign). I have had occasional tenderness where the large one was removed but lately it's been very uncomfortable (very painful even with a light touch). I cannot feel another lump there, so just wondering if anyone else has experienced this?

I have the same problem.. My tumor was removed about 5 months ago, and once in a while i just get a severe pain.. Still to this day, i can not lay on my right side ( which was where my tumor was)..  (+ info)

I take seizure medication after having brain surgery that removed a malignant tumor. I am suppose to have a?

I am suppoes to have a brain scan every year to see if any of the tumor has recurred. I have decided to not have anymore brain scans for reasons that is too much to explain on this site.
My question is this, because i don't want anymore brain scans can that cause a doctor to no longer renew my seizure medication prescription. I still would like to get the seizure medication, i'm just wondering if the brain scans is connected to the seizure medication?

Your doctor can stop your medication refills, but I don't see why he would right away. For what ever reason you decided to cut the yearly scan, you should consider scans every other year. Discuss with your doctor that you would still like to continue the medication. But if you don't need the medicine, you shouldn't be taking it. Seizure meds , especially Dilantin, have a boat load of yucky side effects. The brain scans are really essential in detecting if cancer is returning. If your scan appears clear, then the meds might be discontinued. the meds were given to you after surgery because surgery is tramatic and stressful to the body, and the stress from that alone can cause a seizure.  (+ info)

can you please give me a general pathophysiology of benign parotid tumor.. directly or from any site?

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My mother has lung cancer and her tumor marker came back with a count of 80. How high can it go?

She was diagnosed over 3 years ago with lung cancer. She did not want chemo or radiation. She drinks colloidal silver and swears by it. I tried to find a site with a tumor marker scale but could not.

I am sorry to hear about your mother. If you want to help her, Google "Johanna Budwig". This woman was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times for her methods of treating *and curing* cancer. She wasn't a new age crackpot, she was a medical scientist. Her methods got rid of mine (stage 4 Melanoma) and they sure beat surgery and Chemo.  (+ info)

Difference between cancer and tumor? Would it be alright if I covered a type of tumor for my cancer project?

I need to do a cancer cell project for biology so i picked out a tumor (atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor) from a site that had a list of different types of cancers. Will my teacher accept it??
someone answer soon please. -.-

Alexa - A tumor is a growth of tissue which forms a mass which may be either benign or malignant. A cancer is a malignant tumor which a potential to spread elsewhere in the body. You picked a really rare tumor which over 99% of doctors have never seen in their life. Perhaps a better choice might be the most common benign tumor which starts in the heart = a myxoma.

A myxoma (Myxo- = New Latin from Greek muxa for mucus) is a tumor of primitive connective tissue. It is the most common primary tumor of the heart in adults, but can also occur in other locations. Myxomas are usually located in either the left or right atrium of the heart; about 86 percent occur in the left atrium.

Myxomas are typically pedunculated, with a stalk that is attached to the interatrial septum. The most common location for attachment of the stalk is the fossa ovalis region of the interatrial septum.
Symptoms associated with cardiac myxomas are typically due to the effect of the mass of the tumor obstructing the normal flow of blood within the chambers of the heart. Because pedunculated myxomas are somewhat mobile, symptoms may only occur when the patient is in a particular position.

Symptoms of a cardiac myxoma include:
Dyspnea on exertion
Paroxysmal dyspnea
Weight loss
Lightheadedness or syncope (Loss of consciousness)
Sudden death
Tachycardia or milder heart rate, i.e. 75 - 100 beats/min

Myxomas are usually removed surgically. The surgeon removes the myxoma, along with at least 5 surrounding millimeters of atrial septum(wall). The septum is then repaired, using material from the pericardium (membrane around the heart..  (+ info)

Is there a site on which I can enter medical symptoms and get a list of possible ailments connected with them?

Not necessarily to enter the symptoms. Alternatively, it may provide lists of symptoms and show what ailments they may be connected with.

A friend of mine, aged 53, recently died. He began to stutter ocassionally (something he had never previously done) and had no idea that this might be an indication of a brain tumor, as it in fact was. That is why I think that such a site as described above might be useful to know about.

you can try www.webmd.com. You can look at symptoms and it is recommends possible causes and depending on degree of severity you select, recommends course of action from otc to go to emergency room asap. It's a pretty handy website to look up a huge variety of topics.  (+ info)

What info can someone give me on recurrent gestational trophoblastic tumors?

I would ask this to a specialist. Most of them will supply you with basic information for free, but you have to ask for it first. Other then that, check the National Cancer Institute:

And specific on gestational trophoblastic tumor:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/treatment/gestationaltrophoblastic/patient/  (+ info)

Why is the liver the most likely site for secondary tumours?

I was told that the liver is the most likely site for secondary cancer to occur. Is this correct? and why?

The most common sites for metastases are the lungs, the brain, the skeleton AND the liver. Certain cancers tend to metastisize in certain places. The reason being is that when cancer cells break away from the primary tumor, they travel through the blood or lymph fluid and these routes go everywhere. If you wish to focus on the liver, then remember this -- blood from the aorta goes directly to the liver via the hepatic artery and from the small intestine via the portal vein. These are large blood vessels, they carry a lot of blood. Cancer mets will go there too.  (+ info)

What happens when you have a placental aburption?

What happens when you have a placental abruption at 42+ weeks and the baby is stillborn due to this? How long would you stay in the hospital and be on leave from work? Would you be able to sign yourself out of the hospital within 10 to 12 hrs of this happening?

I had a placenta abruption, although luckily my baby was okay. The baby can die if it's bad enough and they dont get him/her out in time. They do a c-section when this happens, so I cant imagine someone leaving 10-12 hours later, but they have the right to sign themselves out if they want.  (+ info)

What significance do placental lakes have in early pregnancy?

I am an ultrasound tech, and I scanned my sister in law who is Rh -, her placenta looked thickened, and she also had a placental lake. She is only 15 wk 5 d. Should I be worried, or is this insignificant?

I am an ob/gyn and can help you out a little on your question.

A thickened placenta and placenta lakes USUALLY don't mean anything at all. Sometimes, in early pregnancy, the placenta isn't fully grown so it can look misleadingly odd.

But sometimes, it can be a sign of either hydrops, which can occur in Rh negative woman or a sign of a chromosomal abnormality.

First of all, has your sister-in-law had an antibody screen this pregnancy? It is a blood test that is routinely done as part of all of the pregnancy bloodwork to see if there are any unusual antibodies. If that is negative, then you don't need to worry about hydrops (which is fetal anemia due to maternal antibodies that attack the baby).

In terms of chromosomal abnormalities, there are many ways to assess for these, including various blood tests and amniocentesis. What I would recommend --- have your sister-in-law get an official level 2 ultrasound with a high-risk ob specialist and if that physician agrees that the placenta appears abnormal, it probably would be wise to get the amniocentesis.

Best of luck to your sister-in-law and hopefully, everything will turn out completely NORMAL...  (+ info)

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