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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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8/8/20161. Why aren't there follow ups of more than 5yrs on BC survivors?
2. Is it normal that the core biopsy shows a tumor that is much much smaller than the actual tumor found after lumpectomy? Ex. 1.5 vs. 3.5 after lumpectomy? Thank you for your response!
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8/8/20161. If someone participated in a clinical trial then the patient is followed longer. In most cases however, due to the shortage of oncologists, it isn't possible to follow patients for a long time, if they are doing well and anticipated to remain doing well and hopefully of course remain cancer free.

2. the biopsy tissue measurement is not a measurement of the size of the tumor but the measure of the size of the piece of tumor that was removed for pathology analysis. the measurement on the imaging studies (mammogram, ultrasound and/or MRI should be very close to the measurement of the tumor when it was officially measured by a pathologist once removed from the breast. If the tumor looked smaller on imaging and was invasive lobular, then a breast MRI done as invasive lobular as a reputation for looking smaller on mammogram and ultrasound so MRI provides a better way of guessimating its true size until it can be surgically removed.

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