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    Posted: Nov 22 2017 at 6:19am
Hi, everyone

My mom was diagnosed with tnbc seven months ago. She had mastectomy without further treatment (no chemo or radiation) due to the size of IDC tumor (less than 5mm). A couple weeks ago a 1.1cm tumor was detected in her opposite breast, so she had biopsy and the result is benign. I know benign tumors in breasts are generally safe but I've heard that they still have chances to turn into malignant, plus biopsy doesn't give 100% guarantee unless the whole tumor is examined. Her onc recommended to have routine mammogram every three months, and my mom is unwilling to have any other surgery reminding her of the experience she had been through......I know it does no good to be anxious about things unpredictable, but my mom's medical history sort of worries me. Any suggestion will be appreciated!

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Did she have tumor marker bloodwork done?
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mainsailset,

Yes, the result of her blood test is in the normal range. 
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Quick question - when is tumor marker blood work done?  I don't think I ever had any.  I was stage 1 tnbc with no lymph node involvement.  Went through lumpectomy, TC chemo, RADS and med onc ordered a CT scan (all clear).  I am now on the follow up journey but I do not remember anyone ordering or ever speaking of tumor marker blood tests?  Am I missing something?

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DX IDC, TNBC 12/7/16 (age 55), Stage 1a Grade 2, .6cm, 0/1 nodes, Lumpectomy & node dissection 12/22/16, BRCA1&2 negative 1/23/17 Chemo TC. Chemo completed 3/28/17. 30 RADs completed 6/6/17.

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Penny,
In my mother's case she returns for her check-up every six months in the first two years. The tumor marker is included in the follow-up plan that shows the level of CA 15-3, CEA, etc.  I assume that tumor marker test shall be included according to the follow-up care guideline? But I am not so sure whether it differs from case to case. I think it would be better to consult your onc for more details about your follow-up plan.

All the best, Eunice 
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Eunice,

Can they also include an ultrasound?  I think the 3D mammograms are much better for detection than previous types, but an ultrasound is best for dense breast tissue.


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Donna,

Ah, thank you for pointing this out! I think it shall be ultrasound instead of mammograms. 
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thanks ladies for everything. we're suspecting my wife's having breast cancer so your information here is really helpful. i'm trying to learn as much as i can!
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