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  • Margaret Mirasolo Profile

    I had my first mammogram on June 19th, 2.9 cm mass, had diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound on June 25. Mass is 2.9 cm at the 8:00 region. Having needle biopsy next and scared that it's cancer

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 hours 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Of course you are frightened but be aware that there is a ton of support for you out there.

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    • Doreen Escovedo Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      I went through the same thing and know that there is so much that can be done for u if it is something we are all here for u but it might not be anything it's good to get it checked there are so many breast cancer servivers u can beat it for sure. We will be thinking of u let us all know

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    I carry my cell phone in my bra and recently I had a biopsy that showed "atypical columnar cell change and moderate usual duct epithelial hyperplasia" coincidentally in the same place I carry my phone. have any studies been done on this?

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    about 12 hours 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The easiest way to search for answers like this is to Google them, which is what I did. If I were you, I would be finding a different place to carry my cell phone. Here is one bit of information from the American Cancer Society. It's probably not a coincidence abnormal cells were found in the...

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      The easiest way to search for answers like this is to Google them, which is what I did. If I were you, I would be finding a different place to carry my cell phone. Here is one bit of information from the American Cancer Society. It's probably not a coincidence abnormal cells were found in the same place as packing around your cell phone.
      Here's the link:
      http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/expertvoices/post/2014/05/13/cell-phones-bras-and-breast-cancer-risk.aspx

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I rremember looking this up in the past, and found that the phone makers do not recommend that you carry your phone directly on your skin. At the time there were observations that this might be occurring, but not much info. I don't know if studies have been done recently. I would not carry my...

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      I rremember looking this up in the past, and found that the phone makers do not recommend that you carry your phone directly on your skin. At the time there were observations that this might be occurring, but not much info. I don't know if studies have been done recently. I would not carry my phone in my bra!

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    my aunt is diabetic she is on oral hypoglycemic agent, she had a FNAC which showed benign B2 changes what dose that mean and what is the best mangment for it?

    Asked by anonymous

    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Her doctor should be the one to tell her what it means and what needs to be done for it. I'm not familiar with the B2 part of it but benign means just that.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We just aren't the one's who can suggest management of a rather complicated physical conditions. I would advise her to get a consultation with her doctor and take someone with her to take notes. Good luck to her. Take care, Sharon

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  • Cha ro Profile

    Hi everyone! Tomorrow my mother gets her mastectomy. I want to buy her a mastectomy bra. Where's a good place to buy one?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Her insurance should pay for 3 of them every three months. As to a specialty shop some hospitals have them. But if hers doesn't just google mastectomy bras and her zip code. She really should be fitted by a certified fitter rather than getting one online. Also you would be very helpful to find...

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      Her insurance should pay for 3 of them every three months. As to a specialty shop some hospitals have them. But if hers doesn't just google mastectomy bras and her zip code. She really should be fitted by a certified fitter rather than getting one online. Also you would be very helpful to find out how often she can get her prosthesis changed. If she loses weight she may need to get that replaced.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Your mom will need to go to a specialty store to be fitted for a mastectomy bra that fits her plus the prosthesis. You can go with her for support. She will need to wait until the drains are removed and some healing has taken place. You could get her a camisole that will have pockets in it to...

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      Your mom will need to go to a specialty store to be fitted for a mastectomy bra that fits her plus the prosthesis. You can go with her for support. She will need to wait until the drains are removed and some healing has taken place. You could get her a camisole that will have pockets in it to hold the drainage collection bottles. It also has breast pockets that you can fill with a soft filler. It is very nice material and will be very comfortable for her.
      My experience with a mastectomy was very little discomfort afterwards.... in fact I didn't need any pain medication. If your mom has a lot of lymph nodes removed from her armpits or has expanders placed, she will need pain medication. I had neither so I really didn't have pain.
      Best wishes to you and your mom. Take care, Sharon

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    I have had only one dose of chemo and no more and it's been three weeks will I still lose my hair with only one weeks dose

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Everyone's chemo is different .. Due to our size , type and medical condition.. Even through we all have Cancer ... You are so lucky on to be and have a very short regime.... I lost my hair day 14- 17. Scalp became sore and when I washed my hair it come out in clamps ... But .. Again some people...

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      Everyone's chemo is different .. Due to our size , type and medical condition.. Even through we all have Cancer ... You are so lucky on to be and have a very short regime.... I lost my hair day 14- 17. Scalp became sore and when I washed my hair it come out in clamps ... But .. Again some people don't lose all their hair ... Okay I would play it by ear .. And if it happens.. It's quite cool to wear hats and scarfs with big earrings .. Good luck ::))

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is different. I was told to expect it about 2 weeks after my first chemo. and true to form I started losing it at day #13. My hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore than I did but it became a nuisance and I had her shave the rest off after my 2nd infusion.

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  • Eli Timms Profile

    Just finished 10 sessions of brain radiation and skin in face is now a mess. Can anyone recommend something to put on skin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    5 days 3 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Check out Lindskin i love it. Some estheticians are certified in cancer skin care.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I used aloe and Aquaphor . I did not have a problem, but the ones who did could get a prescription to help. Also, raw cabbage leaves against the skin. I would definitely ask the radiologist what to use to help you heal and be more comfortable.

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    Does anyone know about necrotic jaw with use of Fosamax ?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My Oncologist gave me 3 options for my bone loss I already had prior to treatment and had worsened somewhat afterwards. I took the 3 options to my PCP who told me Fosamax had been around the longest and was better in the long run. All 3 carry the possibility of bone loss in the jaw so dentists...

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      My Oncologist gave me 3 options for my bone loss I already had prior to treatment and had worsened somewhat afterwards. I took the 3 options to my PCP who told me Fosamax had been around the longest and was better in the long run. All 3 carry the possibility of bone loss in the jaw so dentists need to be aware of what you're taking. I've been on a generic form of Fosamax for almost 2 years and so far my jaw is fine. I did ask my PCP how often I should be doing a DEXA scan and he gave me an order to have one in a couple of months to see if it is working or not. My new PCP was surprised though that the other Dr. put me on the dosage he did rather than the smallest dose. It seems all meds. have side effects of some sort so I always read the pamphlet that comes with them especially ones that are new for me. If you have concerns talk with your Dr.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      On my dentists patient form, one of the questions is "Do you take drugs for osteoporosis such as......" then lists several. I tried taking three different types of those drugs but they gave me so much pain in my bones, it was not a way to live. I started taking 5000 IU's of Vit. D-3 and had...

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      On my dentists patient form, one of the questions is "Do you take drugs for osteoporosis such as......" then lists several. I tried taking three different types of those drugs but they gave me so much pain in my bones, it was not a way to live. I started taking 5000 IU's of Vit. D-3 and had bone regrowth the last time I had a Dexa Scan. My doctor now wants me to take injections of Forteo..... I told him no. First, it is very expensive.... around $3000 a month, my insurance doesn't cover it. You can apply for help from the company but we are over the threshold for income. Second, I have grown to be skeptical of drug company's because it seems they can't tell what long range things can happen with the use of these types of drugs. They can also cause catastrophic upper leg fractures, they don't know what type of bone these drugs build. Most of the time, after the drugs are discontinued, bone loss happens again. It is just that it puts you out further for hip or lumbar fractures. Bottom line..... I am afraid of the drugs after my experience with the three different types. My quality of life suffered because I was in so much pain. I am 67 years old and do very physical labor every day taking care of 7 horses. I am choosing to take my chances rather than taking the bone drugs. I am just giving my experience. We are all individuals and we have to make the choices that work out best for our lives. Take care, Sharon

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    I am 41 yrs old, & diagnosed w/ Invasive Ductal Carc. 0.7cm. ER & PR no HER2. had lump. w/mammo needle localization & sen node biopsy. if margin & node clear, is radiation sufficient if chemo isn't needed?

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

      There are other factors that come into play. I was diagnosed with IDC stage 1c and also an area of DCIS next to it. I elected to have a mastectomy due to the size of the areas next to each other and a 3rd area was found in the surgical specimen. My surgeon elected to remove 8 nodes (thought...

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      There are other factors that come into play. I was diagnosed with IDC stage 1c and also an area of DCIS next to it. I elected to have a mastectomy due to the size of the areas next to each other and a 3rd area was found in the surgical specimen. My surgeon elected to remove 8 nodes (thought she had taken 6) and all were negative. I did an Oncotype DX test to see if chemo. was needed and I came in with a number that said I could get by without it just a hormone blocking pill but in agreeing to it it dropped my recurrence rate down and I also had radiation treatments. What is your team recommending?

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      You would need to have the oncotype dx test to help determine that. If the nodes are clear ,the onco test score is low, and you plan on taking anti hormone therapy for at least five years, it might be a possibility to not have chemo, but it would depend on your specific case and your...

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      You would need to have the oncotype dx test to help determine that. If the nodes are clear ,the onco test score is low, and you plan on taking anti hormone therapy for at least five years, it might be a possibility to not have chemo, but it would depend on your specific case and your doctor's advice.

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    is there a possibility that you have cancer if one boob is bigger than the other but there are no other symptoms ??

    Asked by anonymous

    6 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Almost all women have 1 boob bigger than the other (think about your feet they are different, too). I did mammograms on a lady one time that her 2 breasts were a whole size different not just the cup.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Your very young .. On life's journey .. Hormones run your life and body ... Boobs are made up of Mostly fatty tissue..so they might grow a little more one side than the other .. We see boobs on TV and mags ( that are air brushed) and boobs jobs etc .. The girls aren't real ... But that's the only...

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      Your very young .. On life's journey .. Hormones run your life and body ... Boobs are made up of Mostly fatty tissue..so they might grow a little more one side than the other .. We see boobs on TV and mags ( that are air brushed) and boobs jobs etc .. The girls aren't real ... But that's the only image we see so we expect our body to be the same ... But all parts of body grow and change at different times !!... But if in doubt .. Ask school nurse or a doctor .. You'll be fine .. Ok :::)))

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    I was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer HER2 negative and estrogen receptor hormone receptor positive. Had lympctomy took out 3 nodes 2 were involved. Do I need more nodes taken out or need aggressive chemo and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    7 days 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      What does your oncologist say? What did the surgeon say? Lots of information has to be studied to come up with a treatment plan. . It all depends.....

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's not a question that a lay person could answer. This site is a place for emotional support. Run don't walk if you get any advice from a person other than a doctor offers you any type of medical advice.

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