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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    What are some breast cancer drugs for stage 3?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I have stage 3c breast cancer. Oncologists can be different in their methods of treatment. Most later stages of breast cancer are treated with chemo first. I had 4 rounds of dose dense Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by 4 dose dense rounds of Taxol. They like to bring out the "big guns" for our...

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      I have stage 3c breast cancer. Oncologists can be different in their methods of treatment. Most later stages of breast cancer are treated with chemo first. I had 4 rounds of dose dense Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by 4 dose dense rounds of Taxol. They like to bring out the "big guns" for our stage. I was allowed to recover a few weeks after chemo. I had a new PET scan, and just had a bilateral mastectomy a few days ago. When I heal from my surgery, I will go through 6.5 weeks of radiation. Finally ....because of my being ER/PR ....I'll be put on a hormone blocker. Hopefully when I finish my radiation I'll be in remission. :) Good luck to you!

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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm stage 3 also and I'm having the same course of treatment as Diana except I had my surgery before chemo.

      Comment
  • Pat Lyons Profile

    14 yrs after partial masectomy and lymph removal just found a lump in upper armpit not fluid. What can cause this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes in one's body need to be seen by a doctor. Testing will probably need to be done to see what it may or may not be.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Pat,
      That's why doctor's get paid the big bucks.... we can't guess. Have you had an infection, a cold, a tooth abcess, etc. lately? Something like that could cause some swelling in a lymph node. How long has it been there? DId is show up quickly? Is it painful? Those are probably some of...

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      Pat,
      That's why doctor's get paid the big bucks.... we can't guess. Have you had an infection, a cold, a tooth abcess, etc. lately? Something like that could cause some swelling in a lymph node. How long has it been there? DId is show up quickly? Is it painful? Those are probably some of the questions your doctor is going to ask. As Betti says, some testing is probably going to take place, and your doctor might even choose to remove the entire thing. Primary importance is to get in and have it looked at by your oncologist. Take care, Sharon

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  • Shannon Thompson Profile

    Bil mas in Oct and began Taxotere in Nov; AC next. I have exp's & completion will not be done til after chemo and rad. Having muscle spasms in the lft breast. Anyone else? Also, what helps with the hot flashes and night sweats? Vitamin E is not helping.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I just bought "evening primrose oil 500mg", for hot flashes , hope it helps make them less severe . And for tissue expander muscle pain , the muscle relaxers helped at first now I'm just trying to strengthen my back by doing Back strengthening exercises and a heating pad and massage helps too

      Comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Huh, I'm surprised your onc said to take vitamin E, but ok. Take muscle relaxers for your chest, you can talk with your Dr about Effexor. It may be the only thing that helps with the hot flashes/night sweats. Prayers to you.

      Comment
  • lauren neely Profile

    What happens if you get breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Well, my advice is that you listen to your doctors, get second opinions,

      Comment
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Also, check out the learn videos on this site - they'll help educate you quite a bit.

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