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    I just discovered an indentation about the diameter of a penny above my left nipple (which is inverted). I don't feel a lump. Is this something to worry about?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 17 hours 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Be concerned enough to have your doctor check it. I had an inverted nipple and was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is one of the signs you should have it looked at. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by their doctor as some tests may be in order.

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  • Ruth Feeney Baldwin Staggs Profile

    What is prognosis for idc and ilc in the same breast with 3 tumors?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruth, it is not a bit uncommon to have different types of breast cancer and multiple tumors in a breast. As for prognosis..... no one can predict the future. I can assure you, breast cancer unlike some other cancers are very treatable and I wouldn't start planning my demise just yet. I would...

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      Ruth, it is not a bit uncommon to have different types of breast cancer and multiple tumors in a breast. As for prognosis..... no one can predict the future. I can assure you, breast cancer unlike some other cancers are very treatable and I wouldn't start planning my demise just yet. I would advise you to stay off the internet and trying to do your own research on your particular diagnosis because you are far from having your complete diagnosis. There are multiple factors that go into making up a treatment for you. Every single one of us has had a different diagnosis. Every treatment plan is made up, individually just for each one of us. You can't make a blanket statement for anything with this disease, except on a cellular level, we are completely different. We may have the same type of breast cancer and stage, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. I am nine years out from treatment. I still hang around just as proof, breast cancer isn't a killer as it once was. Do not think in percentages of survival. You think in plans for the future. At first, I thought I had run into a wall of the end of my life. Nope.... still here, healthy, happy, and wanting to reassure you, there is LIFE after breast cancer treatment. My diagnosis was IDC with elements of ILC. Mine was rather aggressive, and had spread to a lymph node. Oh well.... I had surgery, went through treatment, and am still typing. My best advice is to ask your oncologist to EXPLAIN your diagnosis in detail. Take a spouse or friend with you to your consultations, have them take notes. Do not bring a complicated pathology report to us because we are not doctors. You have to be your own best advocate, ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE TO EXPLAIN IT ALL TO YOU!!!! You will not be bothering them, that is their job. This is not the end of your life, it is the beginning of your life after having breast cancer. Take care, keep us posted. Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. I had 2 tumors we biopsied right next to each other that were an area of IDC and one of DCIS. In the surgical specimen they also found a 2nd area of IDC and one of LCIS. I had elected to do a mastectomy. My surgeon also removed 8 lymph nodes that were all...

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      Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. I had 2 tumors we biopsied right next to each other that were an area of IDC and one of DCIS. In the surgical specimen they also found a 2nd area of IDC and one of LCIS. I had elected to do a mastectomy. My surgeon also removed 8 lymph nodes that were all negative. I completed 4 cycles of chemo., 28 rounds of rads. and am now on a hormone blocker for 5 years. Everyone's cancer is different so your treatment(s) will be just for you and no one else. You need to be discussing your options with your team and see what they come up with for you, you will be OK.

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  • Darla Elliott Pruitt Profile

    I completed the AC for IDC breast cancer. 12 treatments of Taxol is next. I Didn't nt want to do taxol. I can't go to the neuropathy in my feet) or chemistry bran or more sore mouth. What is the real risk with 1A breast cancer???

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor has ordered what they feel is right for your cancer. As to those side effects you may or may not experience them as everyone is different. I did a TC regimen and those were listed as possible side effects with it too but I never had any. Talk with your doctor(s) about your concerns.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually...

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      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually what will happen, if you start developing the more bothersome side effects, they will discontinue the rest of the treatments. Again, we can't tell you the risk of recurrence for your particular type of breast cancer. You are just looking at one part of your diagnosis at a 1A. There are so many more factors that are now available that put the real meaning of your diagnosis in play. There is grade, hormone status, did you have an onco DX test to see what your chances of recurrence really were? If I were you, I would get a second or third opinion. There is nothing wrong with that. It would give you peace of mind to get more information. You need to talk to another oncologist's opinion outside the practice of your present oncologist. It will help you make better decisions. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • Bobbi Buzzell Profile

    Any 10 Yr survivors of IDC er pr posts her - stage 2b

    Asked by anonymous

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    4 days 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hey Bobbi,
      I am at over 9 years! I was a 2B, er+pr+her2- cancer in 1 node. Rather aggressive 2-3 grade. Had mastectomy, no reconstruction, 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of Letrozole. At the time of my diagnosis, my oncologist had just returned from a seminar where a study had been completed. It...

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      Hey Bobbi,
      I am at over 9 years! I was a 2B, er+pr+her2- cancer in 1 node. Rather aggressive 2-3 grade. Had mastectomy, no reconstruction, 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of Letrozole. At the time of my diagnosis, my oncologist had just returned from a seminar where a study had been completed. It was found that my particular cancer long term survival did not benefit from the 10 rounds of Taxol that was normally being given after the 4 rounds of AC. Oncologist said for me, Taxol would not add any benefit and would actually cause more damage to my body. I bless him for being to forward thinking and not subjecting me to additional treatment that he believed would not help me. My life is full and rich with so much. I cherish each day. There is hope! Take care, Sharon

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    I just found out that I have grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. Does anyone know the prognosis for this or what I should expect next? Is there anything I should do now to prepare and to not get too stressed out?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      There are numerous factors besides the ones you mention that come into play. Everyone's BC is different even with the same as yours so treatment(s) are individualized and tailored to each person. I'm guessing (no I'm not a doctor) but probably a combination of surgery of some sort, chemo.,...

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      There are numerous factors besides the ones you mention that come into play. Everyone's BC is different even with the same as yours so treatment(s) are individualized and tailored to each person. I'm guessing (no I'm not a doctor) but probably a combination of surgery of some sort, chemo., rads., & hormone blockers. You just need to get all the info. you can and make decisions you feel most comfortable with. Breast cancer is very treatable and not a death sentence. It's not easy but take a deep breath and try to relax some as stress doesn't help you at all.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      These ladies are right. Everyone is different and so many things come into factor when deciding the best treatment for you. Right now it's such a whirlwind. Always have someone with you at appointments to help 'listen'. Be sure you make the dr explain so you understand everything they are saying....

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      These ladies are right. Everyone is different and so many things come into factor when deciding the best treatment for you. Right now it's such a whirlwind. Always have someone with you at appointments to help 'listen'. Be sure you make the dr explain so you understand everything they are saying. If you feel you need a second opinion, do so. Once you have a plan of action, you'll feel more relieved. Prayers to you.

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    How do I tell people I have breast cancer? Do I tell people I see regularly but who are just acquaintances?

    Asked by anonymous

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    5 days 4 answers
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    • Norma  Cook Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Who you tell is entirely up to you. Your health is a private matter and is no one else's business. That being said, you may want to share your diagnosis with people who will be a support and encouragement to you, as well as those who may need to temporarily assume any of your responsibilities...

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      Who you tell is entirely up to you. Your health is a private matter and is no one else's business. That being said, you may want to share your diagnosis with people who will be a support and encouragement to you, as well as those who may need to temporarily assume any of your responsibilities at work, home, church, etc. At first, I only told my immediate family and close friends who I knew I could count on to be there for me in whatever way I needed. As time went on and I had my surgery, then radiation, I told a few more people who were connected to my work, since I had to take some time off. I'm the type of person who tries to be sensitive to everyone's feelings and I didn't want to be a burden to anyone, but I was really blessed to have a couple of friends who had already walked the path I was taking and I could open up to them about my questions and concerns. Please feel free to ask any questions here--we aren't medical professionals but we are happy to share our own experiences with breast cancer if it will help someone else.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I agree with Norma. Totally up to you who you tell. As for how you tell them? It kinda depends on who your telling. Co-workers will be easiest. Family and close friends is harder as their first instinct is to look at you with sorrow, as if your going to die tomorrow. YOUR NOT! Most of us find...

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      I agree with Norma. Totally up to you who you tell. As for how you tell them? It kinda depends on who your telling. Co-workers will be easiest. Family and close friends is harder as their first instinct is to look at you with sorrow, as if your going to die tomorrow. YOUR NOT! Most of us find ourselves comforting others by reassuring them we are fine. Don't be afraid to tell the truth. You'll find the right words and the right time per individual. Prayers to you.

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    Following chemo ( TCH). I have developed allergy issues ( stuffy nose, drainage). It has been a year after chemo was complete. Anyone else have this issue? How did you handle it? Did it improve eventually?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Herceptin causes dripping. It was horrible. I wanted to stick a tampon in my nostrils and cotton balls taped to my eyes. Lol! I can't remember how long it lasted after I had finished the Herceptin, but it did get better as time went on. Hang in there. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a regimen of TC and didn't experience those types of issues. Have you discussed it with your doctor as perhaps there is some cause other than the chemo.? I'm not a doctor, it's only a guess on my part. I did have "Taxotere tears" with the 3rd & 4th infusions and for a short time after...

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      I had a regimen of TC and didn't experience those types of issues. Have you discussed it with your doctor as perhaps there is some cause other than the chemo.? I'm not a doctor, it's only a guess on my part. I did have "Taxotere tears" with the 3rd & 4th infusions and for a short time after completing it but it was just my eyes, looked like I was always crying but my nose wasn't a problem.

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    How long is the recovery time for a mastectomy

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    6 days 4 answers
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    • carrol carlisle Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Thank you guys!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No one can really answer that because we all heal differently. I've had a lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. My experiences were very different than others. Lumpectomy went well with no pain @ all. My double mastectomy was extremely painful because I had reconstruction @ the same time. Some...

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      No one can really answer that because we all heal differently. I've had a lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. My experiences were very different than others. Lumpectomy went well with no pain @ all. My double mastectomy was extremely painful because I had reconstruction @ the same time. Some women have said they experienced very little pain after mastectomy. I 🙏🏾 your surgery goes well

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    How long after a mastectomy can you go back to work?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    6 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The standard recovery is 6 weeks before you are cleared for work but I was fine after 4 weeks. I was also back on my bike and kayaking. I was lucky to regain full motion in my arms fairly quickly after surgery. The rehab exercises were painful but I wanted to get out and enjoy life so I performed...

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      The standard recovery is 6 weeks before you are cleared for work but I was fine after 4 weeks. I was also back on my bike and kayaking. I was lucky to regain full motion in my arms fairly quickly after surgery. The rehab exercises were painful but I wanted to get out and enjoy life so I performed them diligently.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I imagine it depends on what type of work you do. I wasn't working at the time but was told to only bring my arm above my head slowly and no heavy lifting for it seems 4-6 weeks as I also had lymph nodes removed.

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