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    Whats best time to take tomoxifen night or morning I'm on night thinking of changeing to morning

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You may just need to try both morning and evening to find what works best for you.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I hope more people respond to your question. I take femara which interfered with my sleep. I asked people here, and was advised to take it in the morning. And, as Norma said, your pharmacist or doctor's office can also advise you on this .

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  • Tara P Profile

    What is the reoccurrence rate if I don't have surgery to remove all of my lymph nodes? I had a double mastectomy and four lymph nodes removed. Only one had 1mm of cancer. I'll most likely be treated with chemo and a hormone medication.

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I also had 5 lymph nodes removed and one was positive. My surgeon told me I had an8% chance of more cancer in the lymph nodes. She decided not to take any more lymph nodes because of the chance I would develop lymphadema which never goes away and can be pretty lousy to live with. Since I live...

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      I also had 5 lymph nodes removed and one was positive. My surgeon told me I had an8% chance of more cancer in the lymph nodes. She decided not to take any more lymph nodes because of the chance I would develop lymphadema which never goes away and can be pretty lousy to live with. Since I live an active life, she thought it was worth the risk. I agreed with her. I had a mastectomy, chemo and 5 years of hormone blocker. I am entering my 9th year of being cancer free. I would have hated to live my life with lymphadema. I am 67 and still living a very active life. I thank my surgeon and oncologist for taking the way I live into consideration when making decisions. Take care, Sharon

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I didn't have an onco DX test because my cancer had already spread to a lymph node. My oncologist said it would be a no use. It is useful if the cancer remains localized to the original tumor site. Once it has spread, it doesn't matter. Take care, Sharon

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  • cindy spratt Profile

    I just finished 8 weeks of radiation! Yea! Now my husband is taking me on vacation for a week 😍

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_0 Patient
  • Rachel Mitchell Profile

    My left breast has been painful over a month & very itchy & I have a rash, what does it mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It can be several things, have you told your doctor about your concerns? Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor as some testing may be in order.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Like Marianne, it does mean you need to see your doctor. Unfortunately, we can't begin to guess what could be causing this. Your doctor may have to do some testing or prescribe some for this. Diagnosis, is skill and art. Please make an appointment asap just so you can restore your peace of...

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      Like Marianne, it does mean you need to see your doctor. Unfortunately, we can't begin to guess what could be causing this. Your doctor may have to do some testing or prescribe some for this. Diagnosis, is skill and art. Please make an appointment asap just so you can restore your peace of mind. Take care, Sharon

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  • Fara Alia Profile

    is it necessary to have radiation theraphy right after surgery? and when is the correct time to have radiation theraphy after surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Your oncologist should be answering this type of question in your treatment plan. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      It is usual to wait about 4 weeks between treatments, give or take some.

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    I had a 12mm grade 1A tubular carcinoma removed 3 weeks ago. My sentinal node came back negative. I am still confused about whether or not to have radiation therapy. Are there any permenent side effects or danger?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    3 days 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      In medicine, there are always two sides to a coin. There is always a positive and negative side. The proper way to make a decision it so hear both sides, and then make a choice. Just because there MAY be negatives, that doesn't mean they will happen to you. You have to think rationally about...

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      In medicine, there are always two sides to a coin. There is always a positive and negative side. The proper way to make a decision it so hear both sides, and then make a choice. Just because there MAY be negatives, that doesn't mean they will happen to you. You have to think rationally about your decision and not emotionally. No one can tell how many cancer cells may have escaped the original tumor site. The radiation is probably a preventative treatment to developing a future recurrence.
      When I had treatment, which was a course of chemotherapy, there were all sorts of horrendous side effects that might happen. Odds were better in my favor to take the chance and go through chemotherapy. As it turned out, nothing, of any long range possible problems, happened to me. I am healthy and cancer free going into my 9th year. My tumor was 2.3CM, a stage 2B with rather aggressive grade, type of cancer with one positive lymph node. Treatment is always a gamble, there are programs online you and your oncologist can go over. You can see what the statistics are to going through radiation or not. Mine was a no brainer. Good luck and take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      If you have invasive breast cancer , which 1A is , the ordinary standard of care is either lumpectomy with radiation, or mastectomy with or without rads, depending on your situation.

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    I had a lumpectomy 3 weeks ago. When will I be able to resume bowling and lifting weights?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    3 days 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Put a call into your surgeons office. They would be best able to answer your questions. It varies. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like questions for your doctor(s). Everyone heals at different rates and some circumstances may say you need to let your body rest for a little while.

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  • Sarah M Profile

    When breast cancer spreads to the bones, typically how large are the tumors at the primary site?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There are all sorts of variables. Sometimes a relatively small tumor can spread depending on the type, grade, etc. of the tumor. Breast cancer is very sneaky. It sounds as if you are trying to diagnose yourself. If so, please bring these questions to your oncologist as he/she can address...

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      There are all sorts of variables. Sometimes a relatively small tumor can spread depending on the type, grade, etc. of the tumor. Breast cancer is very sneaky. It sounds as if you are trying to diagnose yourself. If so, please bring these questions to your oncologist as he/she can address these as they pertain to your. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site they may answer some of your questions.

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    Is it ok to drink wine when took tomoxifen

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. If not I would die of thirst.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it?

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    Hi, for the ladies who have worn wigs, how long after treatment did you stop wearing it? I currently have "Kramer" hair from Seinfeld, it sticks straight up and has a mind of its own. :)

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    4 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You wear your wig as long as you like or as long as you feel you have Kramer hair..... which I think is a very hilarious description. I never wore a wig throughout the entire treatment just a wear little cap to keep my head warm. I admit, the first stages of hair growth were... interesting. ...

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      You wear your wig as long as you like or as long as you feel you have Kramer hair..... which I think is a very hilarious description. I never wore a wig throughout the entire treatment just a wear little cap to keep my head warm. I admit, the first stages of hair growth were... interesting. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I can't answer from a wig standpoint but one who wore hats until my hair started growing back in. I even just went bald at times as when the hair was coming back hats would make my head itch. Just do what you are most comfortable with, I just let mine do its thing until it was long enough to...

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      I can't answer from a wig standpoint but one who wore hats until my hair started growing back in. I even just went bald at times as when the hair was coming back hats would make my head itch. Just do what you are most comfortable with, I just let mine do its thing until it was long enough to have a "real" haircut 9 months after being totally bald.

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