Tag Archives: Cancer

Subcutaneous Lesion in an Oncologic Patient

A 40-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our university hospital after she noticed a mass in the right supraclavicular area. The lump was easily palpable, sized 1-1.5 cm, firm, and rather immovable, with surrounding edema (Figure 1). She had noticed the lesion approximately 2 weeks earlier, and during that time the mass was gradually enlarging. Her personal […]

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How the USPSTF’s Mammographic Screening Guidelines Should Be Interpreted

In 2016, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued their final recommendation for mammographic screening for breast cancer, advising women to undergo biennial screening between the ages of 50 and 74 years (B recommendation), and that the decision to undergo screening for women aged 40-49 years should be an individual one, and a woman may […]

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Venturing Out on a Limb: Axillary Web Syndrome

  Axillary web syndrome is a poorly understood cause of morbidity after lymph node surgery characterized by visible or palpable cords in the involved axilla extending down into the medial arm and forearm, often accompanied by a sensation of tightness, limitation of movement, and pain. Axillary web syndrome was first described in 2001 as a […]

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Curious Case of Wheezing: Carcinoid Heart Disease

  A 58-year-old African American woman with a history of well-controlled hypertension (on amlodipine and lisinopril) presented with a 2-month history of anorexia, early satiety, dysgeusia, and intermittent loose stools, symptoms that had progressed to the point that she had experienced a 20-pound weight loss. These abdominal symptoms also were accompanied by progressive exertional dyspnea […]

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Benign but Not Harmless: Solitary Fibrous Tumor

For one unfortunate patient, benign histopathology did not lead to a good outcome. A 74-year-old woman presented with dyspnea on exertion and altered mental status. She had no history of lung disease and denied other cardiopulmonary, abdominal, or constitutional symptoms. Her past medical history, besides many years of tobacco abuse, was unremarkable Assessment While the […]

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