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  • Sandra E Profile

    I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor stage 11 b . I had a breast Mri done and was ok everything but same day ! I was putting lotion and found a lump in clavicle and they found abnormal cells . Soooo worried . Please help

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

      Sandra, we all fear having to go through this whole thing again. I am kind of surprised this did not show up on the MRI. Any of us would be fearful and worried. Did they have anything else to say about the type of abnormal cells? This sounds like something in a lymph node or did they they...

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      Sandra, we all fear having to go through this whole thing again. I am kind of surprised this did not show up on the MRI. Any of us would be fearful and worried. Did they have anything else to say about the type of abnormal cells? This sounds like something in a lymph node or did they they think this one a lump and not related to a lymph node? I am sure you have a follow up appointment for further diagnostics. This is NOT a recurrence of your former cancer. I have known lots of women who have had to go through breast cancer treatment again. WHen I was going through my treatment, another woman who had had breast cancer and had been cancer free for 20 years was going through a second breast cancer. She is alive and well ten years later. Hang in there.... please keep busy, shove the scary thoughts out of your head. I am so sorry this awful fear has crept back in your life. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The healthiest thing right now is to make sure the stress doesn't mood cycle you so stay in close communication with your doctor. All disease ultimately is derived from the brain and research consistently has proven this. So taking care of your brain, managing whole body wellness and seeking...

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      The healthiest thing right now is to make sure the stress doesn't mood cycle you so stay in close communication with your doctor. All disease ultimately is derived from the brain and research consistently has proven this. So taking care of your brain, managing whole body wellness and seeking support as u have is where u have the most power. And yes we support u.

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  • asha ASHOK Profile

    some nodes are found on my left breasts, but some people told it is common in age of 21, so what should i do next

    Asked by anonymous

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    3 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Make a doctor's appointment to get them checked as some testing may be in order to see what they may or may not be.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Ahsa ... Nodes are in different parts of our body underarms , neck, groin ,etc ....they are their to fight germs .. So they often go up and down ..... But ... Please head off to a doctors and they can give you a quick check up .. It may not be any thing .. But it won't hurt ... :::)))

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  • Tia Weinand Profile

    Is it possible to continue breastfeeding if I only have surgery and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like a question for your doctor(s).

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is definitely a question for your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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  • nelcan birdane Profile

    i still have fluid in my breast after mastectomy left breast its been two months now

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you talked with your doctor about it? I had a friend that had cancer in her left breast but she chose to do a bilateral mastectomy. Her drainage tubes were pulled a week after surgery in the cancerous breast but her doctor elected to keep the ones in the right breast another week. A month...

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      Have you talked with your doctor about it? I had a friend that had cancer in her left breast but she chose to do a bilateral mastectomy. Her drainage tubes were pulled a week after surgery in the cancerous breast but her doctor elected to keep the ones in the right breast another week. A month or so later she had another seroma in the right side and they ended up going in and putting another drainage tube. You need to keep on it as you don't want an infection setting in due to a buildup of fluid. Please talk with your doctor if you haven't and tell him/her what's going on.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You will have to have that fluid removed. You may have what is called a seroma and they need to be drained. Don't put up with discomfort like that hoping it will get better on it's own. I am glad you called your doctor's office and I would be on the phone again tomorrow morning since they...

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      You will have to have that fluid removed. You may have what is called a seroma and they need to be drained. Don't put up with discomfort like that hoping it will get better on it's own. I am glad you called your doctor's office and I would be on the phone again tomorrow morning since they didn't call you back. You be your own best advocate. Take care, Sharon

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    Does anyone who does self checks ect reg still get and over coming fear of breast cancer ;) Bcz you had family who had it ect ? I over checked before like 7 times a day I now don't ! But it's creepy

    Asked by anonymous

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    4 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sounds like a bit of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Check your breasts once a month at the same time during your cycle... a mammogram, once a year, if you are old enough.
      I found my breast cancer with a self check. It was very hard and very lumpy. Completely different from any lump I...

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      Sounds like a bit of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Check your breasts once a month at the same time during your cycle... a mammogram, once a year, if you are old enough.
      I found my breast cancer with a self check. It was very hard and very lumpy. Completely different from any lump I had ever felt before. I knew immediately it was breast cancer. That was 9 years ago. Not all breast cancers make a lump. There are many other types that show up differently....read about symptoms of breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, I know how you feel. Don't worry so much. As Trisha suggested, see your dr, have a mammogram. Be sure they know of your family history. And do self exams the same time once a month. That way you can really tell if there are any changes that may be worrisome. Breasts change all the time with...

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      Yes, I know how you feel. Don't worry so much. As Trisha suggested, see your dr, have a mammogram. Be sure they know of your family history. And do self exams the same time once a month. That way you can really tell if there are any changes that may be worrisome. Breasts change all the time with monthly cycle of hormones. Prayers to you.

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  • Pamela Morrison Profile

    Did anyone have a really hard breast after radiotherapy? Doctor didn't seem worried about it but my mammogram is just about due and I'm starting to worry it mite be painful

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to be a mammographer and did numerous patients who had undergone treatments on their breasts, we strove to get adequate compression without compromising the exam. It need not be painful if done correctly. The only 2 times they limited compression on me was right after the biopsies and...

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      I used to be a mammographer and did numerous patients who had undergone treatments on their breasts, we strove to get adequate compression without compromising the exam. It need not be painful if done correctly. The only 2 times they limited compression on me was right after the biopsies and they even called it a "gentle mammogram" and they were basically done to check the position of the clips they put in. I can't speak from post radiation treatments as my left breast was removed so they don't even do anything on that side other than physical exams. Speak up if it is too uncomfortable and I'll bet they do what they can without making you miserable.

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    • cindy spratt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Yes, mine hurts and I have limited me vilify under my arm. Can't lift it as high as the other and the breast muscle that connects under my arm is hard and aches and very tight.

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    The breast cancer surgery is it hard surgery? Is there any risk through the surgery

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was absolutely terrified. All my life, I have been terrified of having to have surgery at some point.... then, I had to face it. I didn't think I would wake up from the anesthetic. I am a bit of a control freak so went about arranging what I could to my comfort. I interviewed and chose my...

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      I was absolutely terrified. All my life, I have been terrified of having to have surgery at some point.... then, I had to face it. I didn't think I would wake up from the anesthetic. I am a bit of a control freak so went about arranging what I could to my comfort. I interviewed and chose my anesthesiologist. Something I was told I could never do. I was very happy with my surgeon. I went into my surgery satisfied I had done what I could. The rest was left to God. That was 10 years ago. I had no pain after my mastectomy. I only had sentinel nodes removed not the nodes in my armpit. That can be more problematic and uncomfortable in the healing process. I never had to take pain medication and was up and around the day after my surgery nearly back to my life with some limitations due to drain tubes. When having a mastectomy.... there are nerves that are cut so you don't feel pain. My drain tube was removed at about day 10. I only had a single mastectomy. A double mastectomy, you have some limitations in movement.
      Yes, there are risks to any surgery, bleeding, reaction to drugs, and your surgeon will probably go over what these are. What are you afraid of.... and I mean that with the most kindness. Talk over your fears with your surgeon. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Surgery of any kind carries a risk and those should be explained to you prior to it. I never had any issues, never took any pain meds. other than what was part of my IV mix post op which I didn't want and wasn't told I'd have. Everyone is different in how their bodies react to the meds. they...

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      Surgery of any kind carries a risk and those should be explained to you prior to it. I never had any issues, never took any pain meds. other than what was part of my IV mix post op which I didn't want and wasn't told I'd have. Everyone is different in how their bodies react to the meds. they give you in the operating room and afterwards. I drove myself to my followup surgery appointment 5 days after surgery and did fine, even walked from her office to the hospital next door to get my records to send to my insurance company.

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  • Lena Lessy Profile

    Trisha m talking about physical symptoms like breathing problem loss of appitite weight lose juindicr bones cracking and pain.is it possible all these symptoms are absent in case of stage 4 breast cancer before diagnosis

    Asked by anonymous

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    7 days 1 answer
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lena ... Symptoms differ from person to person .... In all stages of cancer ... I had joint pain before my cancer..and was not related to it ...But like I said ,you don't know what stage your at till after surgery ... It all depends also if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body .....

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      Lena ... Symptoms differ from person to person .... In all stages of cancer ... I had joint pain before my cancer..and was not related to it ...But like I said ,you don't know what stage your at till after surgery ... It all depends also if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body .. Liver , lungs etc .. But don't get too hung up on stages ... Just listen to the doctor in regards to treatments ... Like I said I had no idea about my cancer No issues at all .. I was totally scared and surprise at being told stage 3 b. But If you have any of the problems you have mentioned you should see a doctor. It may be something else as well .. Like arthritis for the joint pain ... Don't read stuff from the Internet ( I know it's hard not to )!! But listen to your doctor who has up to date understanding of your condition.. You don't have to all the symptoms listed on the net to have stage 4 ... Good luck to you and I wish you well on your journey .. Hopefully others on this site may help you more ::))

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  • Lena Lessy Profile

    Does a stage 4 breast cancer patient dnt have any symptoms before the diagnosis expect a lump in breast

    Asked by anonymous

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    8 days 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Lena. I too don't really understand your question. I did feel a lump. To me it felt huge. Turned out to be the size of a peanut. I was stage 1. Life is great! Again, not sure of your question, so I will leave it there and hope that eases your mind. There are wonderful educational videos on...

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      Hi Lena. I too don't really understand your question. I did feel a lump. To me it felt huge. Turned out to be the size of a peanut. I was stage 1. Life is great! Again, not sure of your question, so I will leave it there and hope that eases your mind. There are wonderful educational videos on this site that may be helpful to you as well. Prayers to you.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lena. Your question is a little confusing ... To find out what stage you are is surgery .. Even mammograms may not give a true picture of the cancer ... In the end I had stage 3 b ... I noticed dippling on the breast when I lifted my arm .. I felt no lumps neither did my doctor .. When I had my...

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      Lena. Your question is a little confusing ... To find out what stage you are is surgery .. Even mammograms may not give a true picture of the cancer ... In the end I had stage 3 b ... I noticed dippling on the breast when I lifted my arm .. I felt no lumps neither did my doctor .. When I had my mammogram they show a lump .. I had very large breast 18DD .. It wasn't till after my surgery the lump no one could feel .. Came back as a 8 cms Tumour with arms going everywhere... Into nodes under my arm .. The doctor said if I hadn't noticed the dipples .. I would have had only about a year !!!....... That is why I'm having trouble with your question..... Stage 4 .. Will be treated and the way treatment is at the moment ... It's getting better and better outcomes !!!.... It's always helps to have a positive outlook .. Even when treatment makes you feel like crap !!! ... So don't write yourself off just yet .. Ok ... Life is what you make it ... My is full with full time work and family and full of thankfulness that we live in a era where health care is the best it's ever been .. So good luck.
      Hopefully someone else may help answer your question better than me :::)))

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  • Kerrie Kauter Profile

    hi, my breast is painful in one section and when i cough, sneeze or take a deep breath the pain increases. should i be concerned?

    Asked by anonymous

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    8 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Since we aren't doctor's we really can't say what is going on. If you are concerned, then it is always best to have your doctor check you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor as some tests may be in order. I'm not a doctor but I had those same symptoms with broken ribs not a breast problem.

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