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  • paula gittens Profile

    April 11, 2015 was 2 years being free of stage 1 Thanks everyone whom help me with solutions when i needed it

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 10 hours 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Paula,

      Thank God, it's a great feeling to celebrate your life. I am 8 years out and every day is a blessing. Congratulations and take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Paula, that is most wonderful news. Take care of yourself, Betti

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    Does radiation always work for getting rid of the breast cancer? If not, instead of a mastectomy, can hormone therapy be prescribed?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 20 hours 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It truly depends on the type of breast cancer you have, how advanced it is, and what grade you have, etc. Treatment is not something you mess with because you don't want to have one of the procedures done. Ultimately, it is your choice whether to have complete treatment done or not but you may...

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      It truly depends on the type of breast cancer you have, how advanced it is, and what grade you have, etc. Treatment is not something you mess with because you don't want to have one of the procedures done. Ultimately, it is your choice whether to have complete treatment done or not but you may be jeopardizing your long term existence. Nothing in the treatment of breast cancer is a guarantee you get rid of it. It is pretty much you do everything you can to get rid of it, hopefully. Recurrence can happen even in the best of circumstances. We, who have had breast cancer, live with that fear every day. You are gambling with your very life. Breast cancer is very sneaky and would love nothing more than to take over because you want to skip a procedure. Please follow your oncologist's treatment plan. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and am now on a hormone blocker. Everyone's cancer is different therefore every treatment is different depending on several factors and your team will come up with what they feel is the best for you and only you.

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    my breast nippkes are inverted ,and padt couple months been hurting , why??

    Asked by anonymous

    about 20 hours 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor as some testing may need to be done. We aren't doctors here so can't guess the reason why. Please make an appointment with your doctor and tell their office what you've said here.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      An inverted nipple is one of the warning signs of possible breast cancer. I had an inverted nipple but my mammograms were ok for several years..... until I got the news, I did, indeed, have breast cancer. I would advise you to get into see your doctor as soon as you can. You may be just fine...

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      An inverted nipple is one of the warning signs of possible breast cancer. I had an inverted nipple but my mammograms were ok for several years..... until I got the news, I did, indeed, have breast cancer. I would advise you to get into see your doctor as soon as you can. You may be just fine but you may have to have more testing, such as an ultrasound, biopsy, or MRI and be followed more closely than normal. Take care, Sharon

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    I have to have a mastectomy and want the other off too and no reconstruction but am really confused because I feel pressure to do the recon. Can I ask those who did reconstruction why they wish they hadn't and those who didn't why they wish they had?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I chose a single mastectomy without any reconstruction as I didn't want to undergo any further surgeries and at my age (just past 62) I felt I didn't need my boobie. I like Sharon wear a prosthesis in my bra and no one can tell which is the real one and which one is fake. You have to make...

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      I chose a single mastectomy without any reconstruction as I didn't want to undergo any further surgeries and at my age (just past 62) I felt I didn't need my boobie. I like Sharon wear a prosthesis in my bra and no one can tell which is the real one and which one is fake. You have to make decisions you feel are right for you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I did not have reconstruction and after 8 years, I am still happy with my decision. I wanted to be done with surgery and not have to go through the agony of reconstruction just to put a lump on my chest. I had a single mastectomy. My prosthesis is comfortable, well matched with my other breast...

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      I did not have reconstruction and after 8 years, I am still happy with my decision. I wanted to be done with surgery and not have to go through the agony of reconstruction just to put a lump on my chest. I had a single mastectomy. My prosthesis is comfortable, well matched with my other breast and no one could ever tell. I lead a very active life taking care of 7 horses and I volunteer with a couple of emergency services agencies. I don't even think of my breast not being real. I would never even consider having reconstruction after hearing the horror stories. Women who have had it done and had it turn out love them. Take care, Sharon

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    On letrozole and have developed hair on face & under chin. What is best way to get rid of it? Have sensitive skin.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had hair in those areas before Letrozole and my hairdresser was waxing it. I'm now on occasion using a depilitory but it doesn't stay off very long either way. I went to a dermatology clinic a year ago to inquire about laser hair removal and was told since my hair is light colored lasing...

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      I had hair in those areas before Letrozole and my hairdresser was waxing it. I'm now on occasion using a depilitory but it doesn't stay off very long either way. I went to a dermatology clinic a year ago to inquire about laser hair removal and was told since my hair is light colored lasing wouldn't work since the laser wouldn't recognize it. I did ask my Dermatologist about alternatives when I had my yearly skin check a couple of weeks ago and he said the only other thing is electrolisis and that's user dependent and they have to do one hair at a time, no thanks I told him.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Waxing was the best then use a really good moisturizer.

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    Can squezzing the boobs really hard cause breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Come on, how?

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No. If your boyfriend, husband, partner is squeezing to the point that it bruises or hurts that is not ok.

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  • paula gittens Profile

    After a clot was found in my calf my tamoxifen was stop. Today i recev a lupron shot. Will continue monthly for 6 months then i start letrozole any advise. I must say 1 week off of tamoxifen i was so pain free

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    3 days 3 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I am taking Femara, and my doctor advised : keep moving ! It can cause high cholesterol and bone loss. I saw a neurologist yesterday, and he stressed that I need to be more active, and start walking. I'm going to make myself do it! My father in law took lupron shots for prostate cancer, and...

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      I am taking Femara, and my doctor advised : keep moving ! It can cause high cholesterol and bone loss. I saw a neurologist yesterday, and he stressed that I need to be more active, and start walking. I'm going to make myself do it! My father in law took lupron shots for prostate cancer, and his main complaint was sweating, but everyone's symptoms are so different, you may have side effects . Hope this works out for you.

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    • paula gittens Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I start letrazole today but will be receiving monthly lupron injections for 6 months. Any thoughts.

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  • Doreen Escovedo Profile

    If u don't get sick of off taxol if u have gone 4 times already do u think I will?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2a Patient
    3 days 5 answers
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    • K G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My Onc always said however you feel with your first dose is how the rest will probably go-the fatigue will build though. True for me for the most part, I had random things like a 24 hr rash, a day where I slept nonstop. I felt bloated on Taxol, but I had carboplatin with it.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Probably not, thank goodness! Take care, Sharon

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    found a lump in my breast. Had ultrasound Monday. They said its a Large mass not a cyst.. Has blood flow.. And said its large,3x4... Movable.. Its very sore as well.. Advice? I'm only 23, but my grandma had breast cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I am sure they are going to do additional testing on it. I would follow up with any procedure to find out what this is. FYI, I had NO family members with breast cancer but was diagnosed 8 years ago. Just because your Grandma had breast cancer doesn't mean you will get it too. A history of...

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      I am sure they are going to do additional testing on it. I would follow up with any procedure to find out what this is. FYI, I had NO family members with breast cancer but was diagnosed 8 years ago. Just because your Grandma had breast cancer doesn't mean you will get it too. A history of family breast cancer is just one factor in being extra vigilant when doing monthly self examinations. I am glad this lump was discovered and you are having it checked out. We are lumpy creatures.... naturally. There are many other non-cancerous things this could be but we always go to the worst thoughts we can imagine. Hang in there... this will be a very stressful time. Waiting for tests if agonizing. Try to keep yourself very busy, we have all been there. I wish we could tell you what this is but we don't know. Only testing will do that. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I know it's hard, but think positively. It's best that you're getting it checked out, and it may be dense breast tissue. Most tests come back benign, so hoping yours will too.

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    Hi. . im waiting on results of a core biopsy so as anxious as hell! i want go ask if the results are positive do they check for secondry csncers before deciding on trestment? thanks in advance x x

    Asked by anonymous

    4 days 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      They pretty much check you from head to toe. Before I got a treatment plan.... I had an MRI, CTscan, Bone scan, MUGA, and gallons of blood drained from my veins. This is IF your core biopsy comes back positive. Many, many, more of these come back as non-cancerous so don't go to the dark side...

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      They pretty much check you from head to toe. Before I got a treatment plan.... I had an MRI, CTscan, Bone scan, MUGA, and gallons of blood drained from my veins. This is IF your core biopsy comes back positive. Many, many, more of these come back as non-cancerous so don't go to the dark side quite yet. I wish you a "negative" outcome. Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Before treatment the check everything. They want and need to know what they are dealing with as much as you do. There are many things it could be besides cancer if it comes back cancer, you don't feel like it but you are on the road to recovery and cancer free life now. Many
      people are working...

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      Before treatment the check everything. They want and need to know what they are dealing with as much as you do. There are many things it could be besides cancer if it comes back cancer, you don't feel like it but you are on the road to recovery and cancer free life now. Many
      people are working on the plan now. I hope and pray it is not cancer. Please let us know. I pray for good news.

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