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Calcium deposits after breast cancer

10/23/2008

Question:

I had a lumpectomy 3 years ago and calcium deposits were found last year in the same area. I just had a mammogram which detected that the calcium deposits are in the scar area and they have grown since last year. How could there be calcium deposits since the cancer was removed and I had radiation and am also taking Arimidex? Could this be more cancer and could it have traveled to my lymph nodes under my arm (5 were removed before)?

Answer:

There are many causes of calcium deposits.  Some are related to fat necrosis and scar tissue and others could be related to cancer recurrence.  If they are increasing and considered suspicious, biopsy may be required.  If the calcium deposits do represent cancer, this could spread to the lymph nodes as well and may require further assessment.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University