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|4/13/2012||Lt mastectomy Sept 2010 for Stage IIa Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, FECx3 and docitaxel x3 from Jan to Apr 28 of 2011 and now mammogram Rt breast shows cluster of microcalcification and now have a lump on Rt side of neck about 2" down from ear lobe, going for an ultrasound next week. Would this most likely be a new cancer or the original? If it was the original cancer would it not go to the lymph nodes on the Lt side first? What would be recommended for treatment in cases like this?|
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|4/14/2012||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Please try not to assume the worst at this time...try and stay in the present. I know first hand how fear of recurrence can rule our thinking. So, first, biopsy of right breast micro calcs needs to be done to evaluate, with a tissue sample, whats going on there. To evaluate the lump on right side of neck, consult with your breast medical oncologist for PET CT scan to be done. Your certainly have been well treated with mastectomy and chemo for original left breast cancer (you did not mention hormonal therapy either Tamoxifen or an AI). We would be happy to see you here @ JH and help sort this out. Please contact Sheila @ 443-287-BRST (2887). We are only a mouse click or phone call away. Best wishes for the upcoming weeks...again, try not to go down the road of 'what if's', as most times those never come to pass.|
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