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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    When am i going to know how bad my cancer is? I had an excisional biopsy which came back as idc. I have follow up appointment soo What is next how long before i know? No lymph nodes were checked yet. And I am terrified if it spread to my body. Would i hav

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 11 hours 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Try to take a deep breath and relax. My lymph nodes looked fine on all the imaging I had including an MRI but the surgeon said she'd look at them anyway while doing my mastectomy. I asked her the next day and she told me she thought she removed 6. In getting the pathology report she actually...

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      Try to take a deep breath and relax. My lymph nodes looked fine on all the imaging I had including an MRI but the surgeon said she'd look at them anyway while doing my mastectomy. I asked her the next day and she told me she thought she removed 6. In getting the pathology report she actually took 8 and they were all negative. I know all of this is overwhelming right now but you will be fine, Betti

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    • Hello Kitty Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Would I have any symptoms if it spread?

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  • Izzy McPhail Profile

    I had my tissue expanders placed 12/12/16. I had my 5th fill and the pain is so intense. I can't get out of my bed by myself, it hurts to take a deep breath and bending over is out of the question. I am taking the my ex for pain and it's not helping.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 21 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have them but I would suggest talking with your doctor and see if something else can be done.

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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    How soon after starting does your hair fall out? And how soon will it grow back?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Everyone is different. I hadn't lost all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore but it became a nuisance within 2 weeks or so after my first infusion so I had her shave the rest off and a month later once again and then let it do its thing. I was starting to get some "fuzz"...

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      Everyone is different. I hadn't lost all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore but it became a nuisance within 2 weeks or so after my first infusion so I had her shave the rest off and a month later once again and then let it do its thing. I was starting to get some "fuzz" right after my 4th infusion and 9 months later had enough hair to get a nice haircut. It, too, depends on the chemo. meds you get are some are harsher than others. My eyebrows and lashes thinned some but unlike others I never totally lost them. My leg and axilla hair slowed down in growth also until I was done. I did however totally lose my pubic hair which didn't bother me but it too grew back, just not as curly and thinner.

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    Metatastic TNBC: has anyone dealt with pelvic edema and swelling of the upper.legs? If so, what did you do for relief?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You need to be talking with your doctor(s) about it as what some may say your doctor(s) don't want you using.

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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    How soon after diagnosis for idc start and what are treatment options?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days 4 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Check out the learn section, chapter 6 has information about all of the treatment options.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer is an individual thing even with the same diagnosis. I had 2 biopsies in Jan, 2 weeks apart and my surgery was done in Feb. I started chemo. in Apr and went through June then had rads. between mid July and the end of August. I had some additional testing to see if chemo. was...

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      Everyone's cancer is an individual thing even with the same diagnosis. I had 2 biopsies in Jan, 2 weeks apart and my surgery was done in Feb. I started chemo. in Apr and went through June then had rads. between mid July and the end of August. I had some additional testing to see if chemo. was necessary. Your doctor(s) will come up with the best plan for your situation.

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    What changes are there in 3rd stage breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    Doagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma . Lymph nodes srent checked yer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      It sounds as though you are at the start of your journey just having been diagnosed. You will get alot more information as your team moves forward with the process. I think the biggest shock for me was finding out that I had IDC. From there you trust in team to give you the best care for your...

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      It sounds as though you are at the start of your journey just having been diagnosed. You will get alot more information as your team moves forward with the process. I think the biggest shock for me was finding out that I had IDC. From there you trust in team to give you the best care for your particular cancer. Try not to panic. You will get through this!

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  • roberta fisher Profile

    Triple negative breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

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

      There are some great videos on this site regarding breast cancer, you may want to look at them as they are a wealth of information and easy to understand.

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    • Sharon Parsons Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am a 3 year survivor of TNBC. Ask any questions and someone on here will be able to answer.

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  • Sameer Shinde Profile

    Does a body fall resulting into leg fracture, can adversely affect a patient who has diagnosed for 1stage breast cancer then successfully treated and now just 5 session away from completing radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Have you had a DEXA scan done? I was showing Osteopenia prior to treatments and it has gotten somewhat worse afterwards with being on Letrozole. I was actually due for a followup study 11 months after my diagnosis so we just did it earlier to see where I was at after chemo. and rads.

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      It's kind of like a complicated answer. Betty is right. You need to know the status of your bone loss before beginning treatments as some of treatments can thin your bones. I was diagnosed as having osteoporosis before I ever found out I have breast cancer. Since I was slightly PR+ I was on...

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      It's kind of like a complicated answer. Betty is right. You need to know the status of your bone loss before beginning treatments as some of treatments can thin your bones. I was diagnosed as having osteoporosis before I ever found out I have breast cancer. Since I was slightly PR+ I was on Arimidex to keep my body from creating this hormone that the cancer may feed off of. This drug can thin your bones. I wasnt' asked if I wanted this as the possibility of breast cancer recurrence vs. fractures was an easy decision to make. There is so much to consider. That's why you need to ask questions of your team of doctors. Your fracture will heal.

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  • Munazzah Tanveer Profile

    Has anyone been on CAPE? It's apparantly an oral chemo, my doctor ha suggested it and I don't know what to expect . Will the side effects be the same? How long? Anyone survivor (or friend or relative)here who has taken CAPE?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    5 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor should give you all the info on the drug he/she wants you to take. Mine provided a detailed handout of the chemo. meds I got and after my first infusion the nurse also gave me some info. with possible side effects of what may or may not occur. I have never heard of CAPE so it must...

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      Your doctor should give you all the info on the drug he/she wants you to take. Mine provided a detailed handout of the chemo. meds I got and after my first infusion the nurse also gave me some info. with possible side effects of what may or may not occur. I have never heard of CAPE so it must be short for something but unsure as to what since I'm not a doctor.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's difficult to predict what your experience will be. Another patient can describe what happened to them but you can't count on it as your experience. Your doctor can give you a list of side effects. It doesn't predict what will happen. When I had a mastectomy, the doctor gave me all sorts...

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      It's difficult to predict what your experience will be. Another patient can describe what happened to them but you can't count on it as your experience. Your doctor can give you a list of side effects. It doesn't predict what will happen. When I had a mastectomy, the doctor gave me all sorts of things that might happen. For me, I had no pain, and never had to take any pain meds. It was easier than a dental appointment. On the other end of the spectrum, another woman could be in dire pain, and have all sorts of problems. One can't predict what will happen. Take care, Sharon

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