What tests might I need if a breast tumor is found?

When a tumor is found, estrogen-receptor and progesterone-receptor assays are used to determine whether the tumor is dependent on estrogen or progesterone (estrogen- or progesterone-receptor positive). Additional tests sometimes performed measure the rate at which tumor cells are dividing (DNA flow cytometry) and the presence of abnormal genes such as Her 2/Neu. These receptor studies help determine optimal treatment for the cancer after surgery.  

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Beyond a breast exam or mammogram, there are various tests and methods for doctors to diagnose and track progress of breast cancer. The process involves imaging and lab tests, including ultrasounds, MRIs, a breast biopsy and even ...

bones scans to locate tumors and stage the cancer. A medical oncologist or breast surgeon help explain a breast cancer diagnosis and provide treatment options. Learn more about diagnosing breast cancer with expert advice from Sharecare.

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