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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.

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  • Morgan Dm Profile

    I'm 17 and we just found out that my mother has breast cancer,I can't stop crying.Shes my only parent.it's killing me inside that there's even a possibility of me losing her. I'd like to know what can I do to support her and help myself emotionally?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 9 answers
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    • Fats ferreira Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Having breast cancer doesn't mean your mom is going to die.... there is lots of ladies here that have lived for many years since diagnosis. Support your mom by just being there for her help around the house and in any other way you can so that she can concentrate on fighting this... go see your...

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      Having breast cancer doesn't mean your mom is going to die.... there is lots of ladies here that have lived for many years since diagnosis. Support your mom by just being there for her help around the house and in any other way you can so that she can concentrate on fighting this... go see your councilor at school, and they can help you deal with this.... The initial shock is the worst... it will get better..... xxxxx

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Being there for her is really important. Breast cancer is not a death sentence as there are so many things they can do for it now as compared to years past. It's OK to cry if you need to, we all have that need at times. Talk with someone as that will help you to undersand your feelings. Take...

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      Being there for her is really important. Breast cancer is not a death sentence as there are so many things they can do for it now as compared to years past. It's OK to cry if you need to, we all have that need at times. Talk with someone as that will help you to undersand your feelings. Take care of yourself and your mom and all will be OK. Betti

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    My mammogram findings is bi-rads 4: suspicious should I be worried. I go next week for a stereotactic guided biopsy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The appropriate action is being taken, you are having a biopsy. So often, even with a biopsy, these are ok. You are following the recommended next step. The tough thing is waiting for the appointments and the report. It is a real PAIN! Hang in there, keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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    • Wi George Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The doctor call with results, everything is ok results were negative, whew glad that's over with! Thanks to all for all the encouragement and well wishes. I will keep you posted if anything else comes up which I pray doesn't. All the calcification was abel to be removed with the biopsy. Thanks...

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      The doctor call with results, everything is ok results were negative, whew glad that's over with! Thanks to all for all the encouragement and well wishes. I will keep you posted if anything else comes up which I pray doesn't. All the calcification was abel to be removed with the biopsy. Thanks for websites like this for support.

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    I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in May 2014. Stage 2b. Doing chemo now. Surgery end of Sept.No lymph node involvement as far as MRI and ultrasound suggest. Any long term survivors with similar diagnosis? Suggestions re diet?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Beth Marlow Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am a 3 year survivor with the same diagnosis. My diet before was pretty low fat and healthy so no suggestions on diet and I am still being followed by my docs! Good Luck I did chemo and then surgery with a mastectomy (was able to do the diep procedure and I loved it did not lose any muscle)

      6 comments
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      The Pink Ribbon Diet book is a great resource! Plant based diet with lean protein, good fats (olive oil), whole grains, etc.... Contact the American Cancer Society. They have great resources on diets while going through treatment and cancer prevention. Keep the questions coming. We care...

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      The Pink Ribbon Diet book is a great resource! Plant based diet with lean protein, good fats (olive oil), whole grains, etc.... Contact the American Cancer Society. They have great resources on diets while going through treatment and cancer prevention. Keep the questions coming. We care about you!

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    I had a second surgery as they didn't get clear margins the first time. So far I am stage 2a grade 3 2 lymph nodes involved. Is that bad? Still draining so can't get chemo yet.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Breast cancer IS just plain bad! I was 2A and after my surgery was downgraded to a 2B because I had one lymph node positive. It is better if you don't have any lymph node involvement but you deal with what you have. Not knowing any more about your breast cancer except stage and grade,(type) 2A...

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      Breast cancer IS just plain bad! I was 2A and after my surgery was downgraded to a 2B because I had one lymph node positive. It is better if you don't have any lymph node involvement but you deal with what you have. Not knowing any more about your breast cancer except stage and grade,(type) 2A has you far from the end of your rope. Your surgeon and/or oncologist will go over all of your tests before you go on to the next part of your treatment. You are at a very treatable stage so you will be ok. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had lumpectomy then a second to clean up margins by the everything was done I was stage III ER no nodes. Mentally and emotionaly I was a wreck. I'm not a stupid person but I just get my head wrapped around everything. Everyday more life changing decisions to make. I had to make decisions about...

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      I had lumpectomy then a second to clean up margins by the everything was done I was stage III ER no nodes. Mentally and emotionaly I was a wreck. I'm not a stupid person but I just get my head wrapped around everything. Everyday more life changing decisions to make. I had to make decisions about issues I didn't think I had full understanding. Looking back I think it was denial. Breast cancer is a very bumpy road and so indivdual I finely figured out to trust my doctors/nurses/trusted and my good judgement.

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