How Fine Needle Aspiration Can Make a Difference in Diagnosing Neck Masses
Many people, on finding a lump or bump in the neck, might immediately leap to the conclusion that it’s cancer. However, cancer is only one of a number of problems that can show up as a neck lump. Luckily, in the hands of the right specialist, a simple fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy can usually offer a quick and accurate diagnosis.
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Women who face the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis are often faced with choices between a fine needle aspiration (FNA) or an open biopsy of the breast. Both of these techniques are used to obtain specimens in order to determine if cancer is present and if so, what the stage of the cancer is. Staging is important in deciding treatment, so the earlier and more accurate the staging diagnosis, the sooner treatment can be initiated.
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How to Introduce the FNA Option to My Family Care Physician
It can feel intimidating to talk to a doctor about what you want. It might feel even more scary if you’re talking about a high-stakes issue like breast cancer. Good communication, however, is even more vital in these days when doctors are rushed, care is complex and visits are shorter. Here’s how to talk to your family care physician about a fine needle aspiration (FNA). Continue reading “How to Introduce the FNA Option to My Family Care Physician”
Classification of Breast Cancer Malignancy Using FNA Biopsies
The classification of breast cancer is a vitally important issue for any woman facing a breast cancer diagnosis. Classification indicates what type of breast cancer it is and affects treatment decisions and long-term survival rates. A fine needle aspiration specialist is an expert at performing and interpreting an FNA biopsy which helps make an early and correct diagnosis, thus speeding up the time between diagnosis and treatment. Continue reading “Classification of Breast Cancer Malignancy Using FNA Biopsies “
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a good time to update your knowledge about breast cancer. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, over 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. Over 63,000 cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will also be diagnosed. CIS is the earliest and a pre- invasive form of breast cancer. Luckily, death rates from breast cancer have been dropping, partly because of screening and early detection techniques like fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies. Continue reading “October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S. Thyroid cancer is found when nodules (lumps or bumps) appear in the thyroid, which is either felt by the patient, the doctor, or found by imaging studies. Although the death rate for thyroid cancer is low compared to other kinds of cancers, the American Cancer Society reports the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer is increasing, primarily due to better detection methods. Continue reading “September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month”
Molecular Testing of Thyroid Samples
Discovering a thyroid lump on yourself may mean you need to find out if the lump is benign or malignant (cancerous). These lumps, called thyroid nodules, are quite common. Finding a thyroid nodule can seem scary, but the presence of a nodule doesn’t automatically mean it’s cancer. A fine needle aspiration (FNA) is the best way to determine whether the nodule is truly, cancerous. Oftentimes, the diagnosis is not clear cut. The usage of new molecular tests can help provide a clear diagnosis. Continue reading “Molecular Testing of Thyroid Samples “
FNA: A Better Approach for Breast Biopsies
Finding a lump in your breast can be quite upsetting. Add to that the thought of going through a procedure to find out what the lump is, and the situation may seem downright frightening. Unfortunately, a significant number of women who have abnormal mammograms undergo surgical biopsies for a diagnosis, instead of the less invasive and safer fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy procedure. According to a study in The American Journal of Surgery, the rate of open surgical biopsies is approximately 30 percent. This rate should be significantly lower. Continue reading “FNA: A Better Approach for Breast Biopsies “
Thyroid Enlargement and Nodules: Is It Cancer?
Thyroid cancer is on the rise in the U.S. The good news is that the increase is partly due to better diagnostic methods. The other good news is the death rate is still very low compared to other cancers. In fact, incidental thyroid cancers are found in 25% of autopsy cases. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy is a quick and relatively non-invasive way to diagnose thyroid cancer and help patients start their treatment plans sooner.
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How Cancers Are Diagnosed and the Importance of Getting Tested
Cancer is an overwhelming illness that has the potential to alter the lives of the patient and his or her loved ones. Cancer occurs when a cell or group of cells begin to grow abnormally. This growth may spread to nearby tissues and organs of the body, causing further damage to other organs. Therefore, it is important to get tested for cancer as quickly as possible if you feel a lump or bump. Spotting cancer in its early stages saves lives. Continue reading “How Cancers Are Diagnosed and the Importance of Getting Tested”