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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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    How often should I perform a Breast Self-Exam?

    Asked by anonymous

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    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Once a month, that is how I noticed a lump which turned out to be cancer

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    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A Breast Self-Exam is recommended monthly. At first you won't think you know what you are feeling for, but once you become familiar with the lumps & bumps naturally in your breast that are unique to you, then you will be in a position to notice a change.

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  • %20Christina Mark Profile

    I have a stage 1 Idc tumor, which chemo drug is common to use for that type if cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 5 years 3 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana, I am diagnosed stage 2 and that is what I had for chemo. 4 rounds of adriamycin/cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of taxol. My treatments were every 14 days. I completed my chemo on nov 5 and just had my lumpectomy this past Thursday. I will need about 30 radiation treatments...

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      I agree with Diana, I am diagnosed stage 2 and that is what I had for chemo. 4 rounds of adriamycin/cytoxin followed by 4 rounds of taxol. My treatments were every 14 days. I completed my chemo on nov 5 and just had my lumpectomy this past Thursday. I will need about 30 radiation treatments starting in January. it's a long road, but you will get through it! Keep your head up!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Most of the women I've spoken to started out with 4 rounds of Adriamiacin/Cytoxin followed by either 4 rounds of dose dense Taxol or 12 rounds of a lower dose of Taxol. But this varies depending on what your Oncologist recommends.

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  • Susan Green Profile

    Is anybody out there who has been diagnosed with stage 2, er pos, her2 neg, infiltrating cancer who has decided or not had to go through chemo and radiation with good results?

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Jessica Fisher Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Stage 2 IDC er pr positive her2 neg bilateral mast followed by 8 months of chemo but no radiation due to the bilateral mast so far so good cancer free:)

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    • Kim Wallis Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had stage 2 ER & pr positive invasive. I did not have radiation because I chose to ha a bi lateral mastectomy and because I am her2 neg did not have chemo just 5 years of hormone treatment. I am happy with the result

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  • melba mcrae Profile

    What does invasive biospy mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I had a local anesthestic for a core biopsy- a small incision was made to thread a the hollow needle through and extract tissue from 4 different quadrants of the tumor. It was ultra sound guided. It was still painful but i didn't need further biopsy as a fine needle may which can be inconclusive.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Melba,

      Invasive generally means that something is going to go inside you to (in the case of a breast lump) take a biopsy. "Invasive" can include a needle or surgical biopsy. Do you have to go to a hospital or surgical center, or will it be done in a breast center or doctor's office?

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