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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone switched from tamoxifen to letrozole(femera) have new side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 2 hours 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lisa,
      They are different drugs but both hormone blocking. Depending on the way you tolerate a drug, your reaction could be different. I was on letrozole for 5 years and had hot flashes but nothing else. It was tolerable for me. The addition of a drug called Effexor, usually helps with hot...

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      Lisa,
      They are different drugs but both hormone blocking. Depending on the way you tolerate a drug, your reaction could be different. I was on letrozole for 5 years and had hot flashes but nothing else. It was tolerable for me. The addition of a drug called Effexor, usually helps with hot flashes.
      Take care, Sharon

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    how much effects gives chemothrapy for ca-breast..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 22 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor should be able to provide some information on this as there are so many factors involved. I did an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed and I came in right on the number saying I could do without it. However, in adding it to my treatment plan it dropped my recurrence rate...

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      Your doctor should be able to provide some information on this as there are so many factors involved. I did an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed and I came in right on the number saying I could do without it. However, in adding it to my treatment plan it dropped my recurrence rate way down so it was a no brainer for me to do it and I have no regrets.

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    I have just been diagnosed with Granulomatous Mastitis because my core biopsys and FNA's came back as not containing cancer cells. Does this happen with every breast lump found?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 13 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The majority of breast lumps are benign but if they are concerned they recommend a biopsy to determine what it is as that is the only way to find out.

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    what are the symptoms will occurs is ca-breast is on malignant..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have symptoms either just 2 changes from my prior mammogram of a year earlier. If you have any concerns regarding your breasts or any other area of your body make an appointment and see your doctor as some tests may be in order.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I didn't have symptoms check the learn section of this site.

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  • molly brown Profile

    chemo worse

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days 2 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My chemo saved my life and it was not easy but it was do able.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Yes it is ... The worst!!... It's horrible and nasty and No one , really understands ( but us )!!! Nothing like it in the world ... I know your pain ... But .. It does work and it does end .... I cried on my last session.... Cause it made so sick I didn't want to do it .... But ..of course I...

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      Yes it is ... The worst!!... It's horrible and nasty and No one , really understands ( but us )!!! Nothing like it in the world ... I know your pain ... But .. It does work and it does end .... I cried on my last session.... Cause it made so sick I didn't want to do it .... But ..of course I did and 2 yrs out .. Long hair , tattoo on empty chest and feeling the best !! So hang in there girl .. And feel free to vent here ..it helps 🎀🎀🎀

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  • Rachael Lally Profile

    Is an internal pulling sensation in the breast a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor as some testing may be in order.

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    whats means by leiomyomatous polyp..?? n then is necessary to remove uterus?this is for my mother..please reply me..

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The leiomyomatous polyp I could "google" is only in the colon. It is rare and benign. They remove it. Does your mother also have breast cancer? This has nothing to do with breast cancer. Have your mother ask her doctor. Take care, Sharon

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  • Shirley Cooper Profile

    If chemotherapy shrinks a breast tumour will it change the stage of cancer you are in

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't believe so but may be wrong. I think once a cancer is staged it stays that stage unless other factors later come into play and then it can be different as in up say from an A to a B but not from B to A.

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Unfortunately not but it does possibly stop the spread of random cells in the body as soon as chemo is started and give a good idea of how well you will respond to chemo due to the size the original tumor shrinks. That may help your team to judge the chance for recurrence. I was stage 2b due to...

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      Unfortunately not but it does possibly stop the spread of random cells in the body as soon as chemo is started and give a good idea of how well you will respond to chemo due to the size the original tumor shrinks. That may help your team to judge the chance for recurrence. I was stage 2b due to the size of my tumor, about 6cm, and the neoadjuvent chemo shrunk it to 1.5cm. My radiologist said it would have shrunk further if we waited a little longer for surgery. It was not, however, a complete response which means there are no cancer cells left in the original cancer after the chemo, surgery and pathology report.That is the ideal situation!

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  • Thelma  Bulatao Profile

    Radiation therapy, when is the right time to start using a breast moisturizer to prevent the unwanted skin discoloration of sunburn like and scaling of the breast skin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I started using it from day #1 and used what my clinic recommended-pure aloe vera gel. The only time you shouldn't apply it is just before your breast is treated as some products combined with the rads. can cause burns to the skin. My chest and axilla still got bright red but it disappeared...

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      I started using it from day #1 and used what my clinic recommended-pure aloe vera gel. The only time you shouldn't apply it is just before your breast is treated as some products combined with the rads. can cause burns to the skin. My chest and axilla still got bright red but it disappeared totally after about a month and a half or so after my last treatment. My RT told me it would look worse for the first couple of weeks after before getting better.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I started before my 1st treatment with Aquaphor. It was inexpensive for a small jar @ Walmart & worked wonders. Very little burning & no pealing. The sunburn is unavoidable because if your receiving a lot of treatments I had 35. It pretty much went away once treatment ended. I had no other side...

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      I started before my 1st treatment with Aquaphor. It was inexpensive for a small jar @ Walmart & worked wonders. Very little burning & no pealing. The sunburn is unavoidable because if your receiving a lot of treatments I had 35. It pretty much went away once treatment ended. I had no other side effects. Yes what ever u use was it off prior to treatments & pit back in immediately

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    whats mean by leiomyomatous polyp..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What did your doctor tell you? I'm assuming it's in your uterus but they are also found in the intestinal tract as I recall from my anatomy classes from way back when.

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