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  • anderia kuch Profile

    Should fibroadenoma's be removed

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 12 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies...

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      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies to use it. Pathology did confirm it to be just that but she gloated on it for a long time. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what they recommend.

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  • Princess Shannon Profile

    Oncatype DX test

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were...

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      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were you, I would try to find out every bit of information I could. As for your decision after your onco test returns, if it happens to come back in a --grey-- area, I would not roll-the-dice and give up on chemotherapy. The lousy thing about breast cancer is the fact that sometimes women, even after doing every treatment recommended, it can come back. Chemotherapy isn't fun but you can rest assured, you have done all you can to treat this disease. If your test comes back in a questionable level, go for the chemo. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years...

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      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years ago so don't know if it's more than that now or not.

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Tube drains hurt really bad

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know...

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      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know how you are doing. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about...

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      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about the pain you are having?

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    How soon after chemo and surgery can one have a Reoccurrence ?

    Asked by anonymous

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    5 days 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One would pray not at all but it's my understanding it can occur at any time.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more....

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      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more. If you do have a recurrence, you will deal with it. Chances are, you won't. It is much better for you, in the long run, to focus on a glass half full, rather than half empty. I am at 9 years.
      Take care, Sharon

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    Anyone had Urinary Tract Infection with Chemo or Herceptin

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I didn't have one but it was always a question they asked me during each infusion as the chemo. meds. are eliminated in the urine. That part of one's anatomy is very sensitive anyway and some chemo. meds. are harsher than others (I'm not a doctor just recall what I was told).

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    • Donabel Dellosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok... Thank you...

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    I had to go in for a 6 month mammogram, this is my 2nd one after radiation, they saw something, did an ultra sound, it showed a lymph node beside my incision scar (had a lumpectomy), the Radiologist told me not worry, but I am, anyone else have this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    9 days 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not sure how you have a lymph node by your scar. My first thought would be that it's scar tissue. I'm not a dr though. If your not comfortable with the answer the radiologist is giving you, see what your onc says about it and get a second open to see if further testing should be done. Prayers to...

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      Not sure how you have a lymph node by your scar. My first thought would be that it's scar tissue. I'm not a dr though. If your not comfortable with the answer the radiologist is giving you, see what your onc says about it and get a second open to see if further testing should be done. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As I recall from my days working as a Mammographer lymph nodes aren't removed during a lumpectomy unless they don't look right on imaging (I may be wrong).

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    I am not able to get hormone therapy after having a mastectomy because it caused extreme major depression. Has anyone else had this problem?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    8 days 4 answers
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    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There are many neuromodulating treatments as well. Do see a specialist please.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      If your cancer is estrogen positive you NEED to be on a hormone blocking drug. Tamoxifen if your pre menopausal and there are several for post. Tomoxifen can be taken post as well if it's working well for you. I ended up with mood swings, anxiety attacks and depression. I am now taking Effexor...

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      If your cancer is estrogen positive you NEED to be on a hormone blocking drug. Tamoxifen if your pre menopausal and there are several for post. Tomoxifen can be taken post as well if it's working well for you. I ended up with mood swings, anxiety attacks and depression. I am now taking Effexor and it helps tremendously. It is the only 'depression' drug that can be taken with tamoxifen. Talk with your onc about how your feeling. He will figure out something. You have to have the drug , estrogen is what your type of cancer feeds off of. Prayers to you.

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    Had revision surgery now 2 days after have rash of red bumps all over abdomen arms and shoulders . Did this happen to anyone else ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    9 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you contacted your doctor as perhaps you're allergic to something that was used?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like an allergic reaction. Call your dr and get checked out. Or go to the er. You don't want to risk getting an infection. Prayers to you.

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  • Betti A Profile

    Anyone develop Lymphedema with tourniquet use?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    9 days 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had no choice on which arm the tourniquet went on as that's the side of my carpal tunnel surgery and they can't have blood flowing into the surgical site. He did listen to me and put it on at the elbow rather than the shoulder. I have a sleeve and wear it when I do my resistance machine...

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      I had no choice on which arm the tourniquet went on as that's the side of my carpal tunnel surgery and they can't have blood flowing into the surgical site. He did listen to me and put it on at the elbow rather than the shoulder. I have a sleeve and wear it when I do my resistance machine workouts but I wouldn't have been able to wear it for this particular surgery.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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      I had carpal tunnel surgery on my other hand a week ago. I knew they needed to use a tourniquet and asked the Surgeon to put it on at my elbow rather than my shoulder since I had had an axillary node dissection 3 1/2 years ago and he was very accomadating as I had no sedation other than...

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      I had carpal tunnel surgery on my other hand a week ago. I knew they needed to use a tourniquet and asked the Surgeon to put it on at my elbow rather than my shoulder since I had had an axillary node dissection 3 1/2 years ago and he was very accomadating as I had no sedation other than a regional block and could feel where it was put. In talking with my Oncology ARNP in June she said I was taking a risk in using a tourniquet but I had no choice so now it'll just be a matter of being cautious.

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