Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert is a free question-and-answer service about breast cancer and breast health. If you have a question or comment, please use the form below. Either Lillie Shockney, R.N. or another medical professional at the Breast Center will respond to your request within one week. Before submitting your question, please search the existing topics using the search tool at the top of the page. It's quite possible that one of our many existing topics already addresses your question.

We hope you find the information helpful!

If you would like a consultation with a breast specialist at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, call 888-992-1625. It is possible to get an appointment for a second opinion within a few days of contacting us.

Please note: This service is not intended to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment. Ask an Expert is a free service operated by health care professionals at the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Due to the volume of questions and their complexity, there are times when medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists or oncology nurses are consulted for their input. These individuals volunteer their time for this service and will respond as soon as they are able. Please do not post or send the same question to us in multiple locations or categories.

Signs, Symptoms & Psychological Aspects of Breast Cancer
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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
General questions about breast health and possible symptoms.
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Comments about our Breast Center
Questions & comments about Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center
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Concerns about Breast Cancer Family History
Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
Questions on the facts and myths of breast cancer.
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Family Support
Questions about breast cancer & family support.
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Psychological Support
Questions about support for the mental aspects of breast cancer & treatement.
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Questions to ask to ensure you are in good hands
Questions on what to ask to make sure your in good hands.
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Survivorship Care Issues
Questions surrounding survivorship and life after cancer.
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Upcoming Retreats and Events
Questions about upcoming breastcenter retreats and events.
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Breast Cancer Diagnosis
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ADH - Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia
Questions about atypical ductal hyperplasia.
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Breast Biopsy
Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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Breast Imaging
Diagnostic mammogram's and other breast imaging questions.
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Complex Cysts
Questions about complex breast cysts.
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Intraductal Papillomas
General questions about intraductal papillomas.
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LCIS - Lobular Carcinoma In Situ
Questions about lobular carcinoma in situ.
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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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Metastatic Breast Cancer
Questions about advanced metastatic breast cancer.
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Risk factors for Breast Cancer
Questions about breast cancer risk.
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Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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Understanding Pathology Results
Questions explaining and understanding pathology results.
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Breast Cancer Treatments & Services
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Biological Targeted Therapy
Questions about biological targeted therapy.
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Questions about Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Chemotherapy.
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Complementary Medicine
Questions about Integrative and Complementary Medicine
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Delayed Reconstruction
Questions about Delayed Breast Reconstruction.
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Hormonal Therapy
Questions about Hormonal Therapy.
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Lumpectomy with Sentinel Node Biopsy
Questions about Lumpectomy with Sentinel Node Biopsy.
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Mastectomy with Flap Reconstruction
Questions about Mastectomy with Flap Reconstruction.
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Mastectomy with Tissue Expander
Questions about Mastectomy with Tissue Expander.
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Mastectomy without Reconstruction
Questions about Mastectomy without Reconstruction.
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Radiation Therapy
Questions about Radiation Therapy.
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The contents of this portion of the website cannot be used as a substitute for a consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. It also may not represent the opinions of other Johns Hopkins professionals. It is a free service performed on volunteer time and intended to provide feedback to questions posted by consumers however should not be used as a directive or instructions to now follow. Seeing your own medical provider is always important in getting your needs and questions addressed. In the majority of cases, a clinical examination, review of pathology slides and xrays, along with other medical information is needed to truly provide a consultative service. If you wish to receive a formal consultation with our physicians please call 888-992-1625 for surgical appointments and 888-992-1625 for medical or radiation oncology appts. For breast imaging, call 888-992-1625.


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