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    Jackson Pratt Drain. Does anyone have one ?

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

      Your question is? I had 2 after my unilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. The nurses showed me how to maintain them and what to do at home. I had to measure the fluid in the bulbs at least twice a day, more often if they were full, record the measurements, and take those in when I...

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      Your question is? I had 2 after my unilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. The nurses showed me how to maintain them and what to do at home. I had to measure the fluid in the bulbs at least twice a day, more often if they were full, record the measurements, and take those in when I saw the Surgeon 5 days post op. Even though I had very little drainage she elected to leave them in for 5 more days as she didn't want to have to go back in and reinsert them. Twice later she did have to remove a small seroma using a syringe and needle. Every doctor has their own protocol of how much drainage is too much for how long the drains are left in.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If your trying to purchase it eBay

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    I will be having a double mastectomy soon I need advise in what I will need or what to expect.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    13 days 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had reconstruction @ the time of my double mastectomy. It was really painful but doable. I hear just mastectomy isn't so bad. You'll have drains which are a pain but only 4 a short time. Button up shirt loose clothing & someone to help you the 1st2 weeks. My scars were interesting to look at...

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      I had reconstruction @ the time of my double mastectomy. It was really painful but doable. I hear just mastectomy isn't so bad. You'll have drains which are a pain but only 4 a short time. Button up shirt loose clothing & someone to help you the 1st2 weeks. My scars were interesting to look at but you get use to them.

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  • Betti A Profile

    Anyone heard of a possible delayed jaw healing due to Fosamax?

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    Survivor since 2013
    13 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      cont.)I broke a piece off of a tooth last Friday, had broken a different area of the same tooth 7 months ago that was repaired. When I saw my dentist today I told him I was leaning towards pulling it and he agreed that is my best option. However, he also told me due to the Fosamax I'm on he is...

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      cont.)I broke a piece off of a tooth last Friday, had broken a different area of the same tooth 7 months ago that was repaired. When I saw my dentist today I told him I was leaning towards pulling it and he agreed that is my best option. However, he also told me due to the Fosamax I'm on he is referring me to an Oral Surgeon since Fosamax or any other biophosphonate product in rare cases can delay the healing of the jaw bone. Now I just have to wait a few days before calling the office he gave me info. on. to set up an appointment. Any others out there have similar issues, thanks?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Well, I had my tooth pulled today with just a local anesthetic and did OK. In talking with the Oral Surgeon I guess in early studies products with biophosphonate in them were tied to possible jaw death. He said it's basically because unlike most meds. that are metabolized in the liver and then...

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      Well, I had my tooth pulled today with just a local anesthetic and did OK. In talking with the Oral Surgeon I guess in early studies products with biophosphonate in them were tied to possible jaw death. He said it's basically because unlike most meds. that are metabolized in the liver and then excreted those products have a long half life and too much can lead to the destruction of one's jaw. He felt I'd be OK as I haven't been on it for a period of more than 5 years at this point. I'll see him again in a couple of weeks for a recheck but he told me to hold off taking the Fosamax for a month to be safe.

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  • Dikra Saleh Profile

    Anyone suffered from deep vein thrombosis as a side effect of tamoxifen?

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    Anyone with TNBC who did not get chemo, and if so why and how are you doing?

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    14 days 1 answer
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double mastectomy 3 weeks ago and have decided no chemo for tnbc. The biopsy I had basically took out the entire tumor. It was very small; .5mm left in the breast. I was BRCA1 positive. Have already had chemo from the ovarian cancer I had 5 years ago. My doctor said she was ok with nit...

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      I had double mastectomy 3 weeks ago and have decided no chemo for tnbc. The biopsy I had basically took out the entire tumor. It was very small; .5mm left in the breast. I was BRCA1 positive. Have already had chemo from the ovarian cancer I had 5 years ago. My doctor said she was ok with nit doing the chemo based in the size. Can't give you long term prognosis as it is recent but this was my decision.

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    There's a sore clump in my left breast, my nipple retracted some, the pain comes and goes, the other day I squeezed my nipple and a little clear watery discharge came out. Is this breast cancer?

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    14 days 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Maddie,
      There are some instances where lumps or masses are painful, some where the nipples have discharge. But thosedo not prove you have cancer. They are definitely why you need to be checked out soon. Look at it like any other problem, when your body is trying to heal, sometimes it needs...

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      Hi Maddie,
      There are some instances where lumps or masses are painful, some where the nipples have discharge. But thosedo not prove you have cancer. They are definitely why you need to be checked out soon. Look at it like any other problem, when your body is trying to heal, sometimes it needs help. A sinus infection can lead to upper respiratory infection, can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. So, call your ob/gyn or call a breast cancer foundation in your area and get help in healing. Sending you prayers. And try to find positive in every step along the way. Postive thoughts are healing thoughts, and bring more positive energy around you.

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    Could I have breast cancer? over a month ago, i got this sort of clump up in one of my breasts and it became pretty sore to the touch and sometimes when i wouldn't touch it. the soreness goes and comes. i realized my nipple kind of retracted, i'm not s

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by a doctor as some testing may be needed.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would find a good thermagram place...to have it scanned. I had something similar and the first time it was not BC...they concluded cysts after the most painful mammo ever... A year went by with lump and pain coming and going....another mammography and more radiation and this past Dec. and Yep...

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      I would find a good thermagram place...to have it scanned. I had something similar and the first time it was not BC...they concluded cysts after the most painful mammo ever... A year went by with lump and pain coming and going....another mammography and more radiation and this past Dec. and Yep you guessed it... highly aggressive invasive BC!

      Do not panic but do not wait around or assume it is a cyst, even if you have had them before. Good luck, God be with you!

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    Could I have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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    14 days 1 answer
    • Kate Marie Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Maddie, I sent you a response on your other question where you gave more detail. 💜

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  • Tammy Lethbridge Profile

    How sick do you get from chemo thank you

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    Survivor since 2017
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    Hi my name is Tammy  I start my chemo on the 17th how sick do you get thank you

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    Survivor since 2017
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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Tammy. Everyone is different and everyone's chemo is different even through we may have the same cancer !!!

      I have never taken drugs or drank alcohol.. so I think my body went into shock with 6 rounds of Chemo !!

      I didn't cope very well , and after every infusion I got worser !!!...

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      Tammy. Everyone is different and everyone's chemo is different even through we may have the same cancer !!!

      I have never taken drugs or drank alcohol.. so I think my body went into shock with 6 rounds of Chemo !!

      I didn't cope very well , and after every infusion I got worser !!! ::)). Especially the first 7 days after each session.

      Don't worry about anyone else but yourself during treatment.. you don't need compare yourself with others .. who Is sicker , who has no hair , who is crying over the needles !! This is a 1 person race 🏁. You will win !!!::))

      But I would do it again !! It has extended my life span !! Hopefully !! ( I was Stage 3 b)

      You have to be so strong on the inside to bet this cancer , and I don't think we give ourselves enough praise .. for going through all the crap stuff !!

      You are and will be a survivor!! You will become mentally and spiritually and physically stronger !!
      So as they said. " short time pain for long term gain "!!

      Good luck 🌷

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I never really had any issues with my chemo. meds. The only slight one was my first infusion and the first med. was started I got an immediate hot flash. I told the nurse about it and she slowed the rate down and it went away very quickly, it never occurred after that. Everyone's body handles...

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      I never really had any issues with my chemo. meds. The only slight one was my first infusion and the first med. was started I got an immediate hot flash. I told the nurse about it and she slowed the rate down and it went away very quickly, it never occurred after that. Everyone's body handles the drugs differently so what may have occurred in one person won't occur in you.

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