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  • Shawna Tidwell Profile

    I'm 45, had breast cancer twice, both times estrogen positive. Gene testing came back negative. Now I'm faced with the decision of hysterectomy & removal of ovaries. But no HRT after... thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 20 hours 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Re diagnosed in 2014 & decided to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction & a hysterectomy. I was 46 yrs old. My cancer was estrogen driven and both my parents loss family to cancer. Mom sister died of breast cancer & my dad loss 2...

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      I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Re diagnosed in 2014 & decided to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction & a hysterectomy. I was 46 yrs old. My cancer was estrogen driven and both my parents loss family to cancer. Mom sister died of breast cancer & my dad loss 2 sisters to ovarian cancer. It's your choice

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but if your tumors have been Estrogen+ they wouldn't put you on HRT. I was your age when I elected to do a hysterectomy and bilateral ovary removal as my periods had gotten quite heavy. Are you looking to having kids at your age? I was on Estrogen for 9 years following my...

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      I'm not a doctor but if your tumors have been Estrogen+ they wouldn't put you on HRT. I was your age when I elected to do a hysterectomy and bilateral ovary removal as my periods had gotten quite heavy. Are you looking to having kids at your age? I was on Estrogen for 9 years following my surgery the amount and dosage was decreased accordingly and I had no issues with menopause symptoms. I wasn't diagnosed for another 9 years or so with BC but it was Estrogen+ as other areas can produce it. I'd gather all the facts and see what your doctor says.

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  • Mohit kanojia Profile

    irregular and illamannered masses in ultrasound always cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Only a biopsy can determine if they are cancer or not.

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    • Mohit kanojia Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      thank your Sir.

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    My Mother have lumptectomy for IDC grade 3 but after 2 years she noticed lumps in her breast but after sonkgram lumps confirmed to be cancerous,what should be done now?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      The only way to tell if the lumps are cancer is to have a biopsy. She needs to make an appointment to see a surgeon to see what her options are as everyone's diagnosis is unique to them.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      By the way I'm doing awesome living life.

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    Anyone who can tell me what is the survival rates of breast cancer recurrence after lumptectomy

    Asked by anonymous

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

      There are numerous factors that come into play such as grade, lymph node status, etc. Your doctor(s) should be able to access a program that gives an estimate of a recurrence for you. I mean I could go for a walk later and be hit by a car and have issues to my health and the furthest thoughts...

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      There are numerous factors that come into play such as grade, lymph node status, etc. Your doctor(s) should be able to access a program that gives an estimate of a recurrence for you. I mean I could go for a walk later and be hit by a car and have issues to my health and the furthest thoughts in my mind at this point is a recurrence of breast cancer.

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  • Apurva pawar Profile

    Is radiation is necessary after mastectomy followed by chemothearapy in early stage breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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    3 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's case is unique to them. I had a mastectomy and chemo. and when seeing an RT to see if I needed rads. he indicated I did indeed need it. I was stage 1a with negative lymph nodes but he told me due to the distance from the one area that was biopsied and an area seen on pathology was...

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      Everyone's case is unique to them. I had a mastectomy and chemo. and when seeing an RT to see if I needed rads. he indicated I did indeed need it. I was stage 1a with negative lymph nodes but he told me due to the distance from the one area that was biopsied and an area seen on pathology was too great not to do it. I don't regret doing it.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would do whatever it takes to assure me the cancer will not return. Live Life ❤️

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  • Betti A Profile

    Relay for Life walk anyone? My 2017 purple hair for the event.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    7 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a good time but am tired today since it went from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. I ended up 2nd in individual fundraising and "earned" a certificate. The survivor meal was catered by the local hospital (first time I did it) and they served a mixed salad, lasagna, a breadstick, cupcake, and a...

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      I had a good time but am tired today since it went from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. I ended up 2nd in individual fundraising and "earned" a certificate. The survivor meal was catered by the local hospital (first time I did it) and they served a mixed salad, lasagna, a breadstick, cupcake, and a bottle of water.

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    • candice mcgraw Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Congratulations

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  • Merri Sedgwick Profile

    I just heard from my doctor that the pathology report was clean; the sentinel nodes and the margins were clean. He also said that it was very low grade as well. The Oncotype DX hasn't been done yet. It's low grade. Should I insist it be done? Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    8 days 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The test isn't considered "routine" and your pathology must meet certain criteria. If your doctor wants it done he will send the info. to the lab that does the test, then they will contact you with a lot of questions. They want anyone needing it to be able to get it done as it's quite pricey. ...

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      The test isn't considered "routine" and your pathology must meet certain criteria. If your doctor wants it done he will send the info. to the lab that does the test, then they will contact you with a lot of questions. They want anyone needing it to be able to get it done as it's quite pricey. My insurance company paid for it but I don't know if all will (I assume they do). Ask him/her about it and see if they feel you would benefit by having it done. Like I said I did it to see if chemo. was needed or not.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I only agreed to an Oncotype DX test to see if chemo. would be of benefit or not. Everyone has to do what they feel is the right thing for them.

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  • Sharla Winters Profile

    Im finally about to begin radiation after having Lumpectomy, 2 reexcisions to clear margins and sentinel node biopsy. Its been about 3 months finally the day has come to begin and i am really scared.

    Asked by anonymous

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too had 2 surgeries a week apart to get clearer margins as well as 32 radiation treatments. The radiation was a breeze. No side effects other than a dark like sunburn in the effected breast that pretty much went away as soon as radiation ended. The hardest part was going everyday. Treatments...

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      I too had 2 surgeries a week apart to get clearer margins as well as 32 radiation treatments. The radiation was a breeze. No side effects other than a dark like sunburn in the effected breast that pretty much went away as soon as radiation ended. The hardest part was going everyday. Treatments were all of 10min & I used lots of Aquaphore moisturizer purchases from Walmart to keep my skin soft. You got this

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Radiation is a piece of cake so to speak. All one has to do is lie on a table and the machine does all the work, takes just a few minutes (the longest part being to get your body just the right way).

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  • Liza Reynolds Profile

    How soon after infusion did you start to feel tired? I'm about to start 4 rounds AC then 4 rounds Taxol.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Infusions affect everyone differently. I never felt tired after my 4 cycles of TC.

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    • Sue Boston Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Hi Liza, I never felt tired after the infusions, I was usually tired a couple days after because of the steroids, I would wake up really early (around 2:00 AM) and could not fall back to sleep, so I would get up and start my day but then the following day I was really tired.

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    I found a lump and withthin 2 weeks of finding it I had 5 apt. My next step is biopsy tomorrow. The lump is measuring 2.9. I feel that it's growing and my boob feels like I'm nursing. Is it just in my head cause I'm nervous

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    12 days 1 answer
    • Janet Stitt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I was diagnosed with DCIS 3/15. Had lumpectomy with clear margins Lt. breast. I had mammo, US, and MRI every 6 months. At 18 month I felt a "fullness" in my Lt. breast. Two tumors were found when I went in for my routine US, and MRI. That may be what you are feeling. If you are checking...

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      I was diagnosed with DCIS 3/15. Had lumpectomy with clear margins Lt. breast. I had mammo, US, and MRI every 6 months. At 18 month I felt a "fullness" in my Lt. breast. Two tumors were found when I went in for my routine US, and MRI. That may be what you are feeling. If you are checking the full breast more often, it may be irritation you are causing. You already know you have a lump. You are scheduled for a biopsy. Leave the breast alone if you are checking it often (easy to say, hard to do). Good luck, and stay positive. Breast Cancer is NOT an automatic death sentence. Millions of us are survivors. Keep in touch.

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