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  • Marshia Chidodo Profile

    is it normal to have pimples on breast

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 hours 1 answer
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      We can get pimples any where on our body. As they are caused by dirt, sweat blocking the pores of the skin ...so yes we can get them on are breasts .... But that's life !!! Make sure your bra doesn't rub Wash and moisturiser area :::))))

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  • April Morgan Profile

    Anyone else diagnosed with invasive mammary carcinoma?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was diagnosed with biopsies of 2 different areas next to each with both IDC and DCIS. the surgical specimen also showed a 2nd area of IDC and an area of LCIS. I think invasive and infiltrating carcinoma are the same thing, just a different name.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.

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    My wife was told not to hold our 4 month old for 8hrs after her PET. I have read mixed reviews about this. Some say it's ok after 3hrs, some 6hrs and some 12hrs+ just trying to educate us both

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    2 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would go with what they told her at the facility where she had it done.

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  • Robin Rodriguez Profile

    Wonder why the doctor only says im in stage 3? When i look up stage 3 there are 3 different ones, so confused how do i figure this out. Feeling so overwhelmed

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    2 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Robin,
      For your MRI, try to get a bit of Xanax. It is a tablet that will help ease your panic. I have major panic attacks but with Xanax, able to tolerate the MRI procedure. As for the staging, it has to do with several criteria. The size of the tumor is number 1. Are the cells graded as ...

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      Robin,
      For your MRI, try to get a bit of Xanax. It is a tablet that will help ease your panic. I have major panic attacks but with Xanax, able to tolerate the MRI procedure. As for the staging, it has to do with several criteria. The size of the tumor is number 1. Are the cells graded as 1, 2, 3.... from slow-growing to aggressive. Stage 3 then the other defining rating is A, B. You haven't had the final pathology report yet, that comes after your surgery. Your stage may change as many of ours have. Mine went from a 2-A to a 2-B because cancer was found in one of my lymph nodes.. You can think of your biopsy as a preliminary report. You will also hear what your hormone status is. You are having a genetic test to see if these cells are positive for BRCA gene. You need to have this all explained by your oncologist. Take your spouse, a relative, a friend with you to your consultation appointment. Have them take notes. Your head will spin and you will forget much of what is said. As you go through the process, you will gain more information about your particular type of breast cancer and it's treatment. Hang in there, we have all been where you are going. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You can't figure it out as such as it takes the Pathologist to determine that. There are some great videos on this site that explain stages and what each one within the stage mean.

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  • Phyllis Marrow Profile

    What happens at the 6 weeks follow up from radiation? What happens now going forward?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      At first I saw both my Onc. and RT every 3 months that included a blood draw, office visit, and a breast exam. This went out to 4 months and now my Onc. is every 6 months and my RT once a year; I'm 3 1/2 years out. It still includes lab work, office visit, and a physical exam.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      The ratation doctor will check your skin , how it's healing and ask how are things going in a general way ... And this goes for up to 5 yrs ... All the hard work is done , so it's a enjoyable exam !!::)))

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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
    3 days 2 answers
    • 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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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lisa. I changed after 18 mths and a hysterectomy!!!.. Hot flushes not as much , joints are sore , a little teary now and then , no sex drive. But really it's almost the same symptoms!!.... So I only have 9 yrs to go !! Yeh ::)))

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 days 2 answers
    • 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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    • Paula Munnerlyn Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just had my visit with my physician. All is well, I
      Have another follow up in six months. Cancer treatment was rough but bearable. I now talk to others to let them know that having cancer does not mean an instant death warrant. Spread the word let others know that waiting around and hoping it...

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      I just had my visit with my physician. All is well, I
      Have another follow up in six months. Cancer treatment was rough but bearable. I now talk to others to let them know that having cancer does not mean an instant death warrant. Spread the word let others know that waiting around and hoping it will go away by itself is not an option. React to it, get professional opinion, and make a decision to live.

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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
    4 days 2 answers
    • 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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    • Nat Caldwell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      What I actually meant was, do they give the diagnosis of it being "Granulomatous Mastitis" every time, when they don't find any actual cancer cells.

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 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
    5 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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