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Chest X-ray to see breast tumor?

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Shannon412
Shannon412 Member Posts: 15
edited March 2023 in Not Diagnosed But Worried

Does anyone have any experience of a chest X-ray showing a breast tumor?


thanks in advance

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  • mountainmia
    mountainmia Member Posts: 857
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    I've never heard of that. On looking, it seems like it would be very unlikely. Even mammograms, Xrays done specifically on the breasts, don't always see them. Xrays are sometimes used to check for lesions in the lungs, if there is suspicion that a cancer has spread. Why do you ask?

  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 931
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    I had a portable machine chest X-ray in the ER because of low oxygen levels which showed a 1.3 cm "dense radiographic focus" on the left side of my chest. The radiologist was concerned that this could be calcifications due to a breast or lung tumor and recommended X-rays done by a more powerful fixed machine including a lateral view to get a better image. It turned out to be calcification of the costochondral cartilage in my ribs, not cancer. From this experience it seems like calcifications in a breast tumor could show up on an anteroposterior X-ray view (from the front) but the sideways view gives more information. An X-ray is not the usual diagnostic test for breast cancer but if something shows up that suggests the possibility further imaging should be done.

  • alicebastable
    alicebastable Member Posts: 1,944
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    If regular x-rays worked to find breast tumors, there would be no need for mammograms or other imaging that X-rays predate. There may be some types of tumors that would show up, but not consistently enough, or with enough detail, for an x-ray to be used as a standard breast cancer diagnostic tool.

  • Shannon412
    Shannon412 Member Posts: 15
    edited March 2023
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    thank you guys for the responses! I’m on an exhausting journey of trying to figure out what’s wrong with me. I’ve had one mammogram on my right side, multiple repeated ultrasounds, and what started as 3 lumps on my right side almost 2 years ago is now totaling 16 lumps on both sides.. Insurance has been making it impossible for me to get to a doctor who gives a crap, I was told by one doctor that I’m too young (29) to have breast cancer and to “not worry”. My reason for asking about X-ray is because I work at a chiropractic office and we have access to the X-ray machine. Wanted to see if it was worth asking my boss to do a chest X-ray on me because I’m desperate to know. I spoke to someone at MD Anderson who suggested I come to get a full work up but my insurance is not in network and the out of pocket cost exceeds $20k so I can’t do that. I don’t know what to do.

  • mountainmia
    mountainmia Member Posts: 857
    edited March 2023
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    You said something in another post about implants. Can you see the plastic surgeon who did those? I'm wondering if you have problems because of the implants, but either way I would hope they would follow up.

  • kaynotrealname
    kaynotrealname Member Posts: 397
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    I was thinking the same thing as Mia. I'm wondering if you're body is telling you something about what it thinks of your implants. At any rate do you have a NCI designated hospital that is drivable and within your network? Because that's where I would go to in order to get thoroughly checked out.

  • Shannon412
    Shannon412 Member Posts: 15
    edited March 2023
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    yes and my PS moved about 7 hours away I called him and he said before I make the drive to him to rule out any cancer, so that’s what I feel like I’m trying and failing to do.

  • mountainmia
    mountainmia Member Posts: 857
    edited March 2023
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    You have "ruled out" cancer to the best of your ability. You've had scans, you've had medical opinions. If you can see the PS, as inconvenient as that is, I'd do it. Or see another one in-network for you that is closer and recommended by the prior PS.

  • marnia
    marnia Member Posts: 7
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    Hi Shannon, checking in to see how you’re doing. Hope your well.