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Diagnosis

 
Diagnosis

Chapter: 4 - Diagnosis

Subchapter: 2 - Why?

- Why do I have breast cancer?
- What could I have done differently?

There are some questions that cannot be answered; even so, they are not unreasonable questions to ask. Most people ask them. Just remember, doctors almost never pin down a single, precise cause for cancer.

It is very important to educate yourself about what’s ahead. By doing this, you will keep loved ones informed and help ease your own concern.

A support team of your family, friends and other breast cancer patients is extremely important. They will strengthen you through this season and encourage to make the most of your life, today.

You also have your medical team; this will typically include your personal physician, surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, radiologist and others. Their attention, care, and expertise are aimed at diagnosing and treating breast cancer in a way that is most effective for you.

Related Questions

  • Kandace Eichhorst Profile

    I've had small pus filled bumps on my breast for a while now, could it be breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      We are not physicians and cannot answer that question. But with any change that is unusual with your body you should have it checked by your doctor.

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor, you need to make an appointment and be seen to see what it may or may not be.

      Comment
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    Tunor marker is the same a little above before and after the chemo. What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 8 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You should ask your Oncologist to explain this to you. Sharon

      Comment
  • Ally Chapis  Profile

    How do I try to cheer my mom up during treatment? What can I do to make her feel better?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 5 answers
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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I agree with the above...just being there is most important. I have been with both a parent & a sibling during a treatment & right now I am helping my best friend through it. When I am with her (usually the week following treatment, when things are at their worst), I clean the litter box, do the...

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      I agree with the above...just being there is most important. I have been with both a parent & a sibling during a treatment & right now I am helping my best friend through it. When I am with her (usually the week following treatment, when things are at their worst), I clean the litter box, do the dishes, keep her paperwork organized, keep myself educated on her medications so I know what to expect, keep a log of when she has taken medication and when she has eaten (this helps to know when she can take another dose & whatnot), I act as sort of an eager slave to get her water or food or whatever she might want, & I try to make her laugh. I also let her cry & complain without always trying to cheer her up. She needs to get that sadness/pain/frustration out & I don't want her to feel she can't. I validate her feelings & then offer whatever love & support I can. All of this is also a huge help to her fiancé (if your father is also in the house). When he comes home from work, I encourage him to take some time to himself before taking over caring for my friend. And I know helping out around the house really helps relieve stress for him. He also reads to her every night. Which is something anyone can do.

      All of the answers given cover it...just being there makes a huge difference. But I thought I'd offer some ideas of what I've done. :-) My best to you & your family.

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    • Lori A Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom is still going through her treatments and I did her wash, made food and she stayed with me after her surgery.

      Comment
  • Karen W Profile

    What tests, which type of drs., & how much time before the IBC diagnosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      See your OB/GYN or primary care with your concern. They might want to mess around treating for an infection which it might be. This is a rare type of BC but what you are after is a biopsy ultimately. You will be referred for a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. The amount of time for all of...

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      See your OB/GYN or primary care with your concern. They might want to mess around treating for an infection which it might be. This is a rare type of BC but what you are after is a biopsy ultimately. You will be referred for a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. The amount of time for all of this to take place is unknown because you are working with offices, labs and schedules. Take care, Sharon

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