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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

  • lynn hall Profile

    So what does the grade mean? I was told I had grade 3.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2008
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Lynn, tumor grade means how fast your particular tumor grows. The grade of tumors is 1-4. (4 being the fastest growing). Tumor grade should not be confused with the stage of a cancer. Cancer stage refers to the extent or severity of the cancer, based on factors such as the location of the...

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      Hi Lynn, tumor grade means how fast your particular tumor grows. The grade of tumors is 1-4. (4 being the fastest growing). Tumor grade should not be confused with the stage of a cancer. Cancer stage refers to the extent or severity of the cancer, based on factors such as the location of the primary tumor, tumor size, number of tumors, and lymph node involvement (spread of cancer into lymph nodes). Hope this helps. :)

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Lynn, this is what I learned you have different stages in 3 because I tell people I caught it in the nick of time. It wasn't in my tissues or bone but it was in my lymphs 6 out of 25. I had to discover all my answers by stumbling on them

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    Thanks...I believe the lack of response answered my question.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Dear A: What was your question? Are you sure it posted successfully the first time?
      I just looked through the board and could not find a question that had not at least gotten a comment or an answer. Please post again!
      thank you,

      5 comments
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I looked too. Didn't see any unanswered questions. Tell us what your question was.....someone here can help you with an answer. You are not alone, we are here for one another. Prayers to you.

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    I had a core needle biopsy today and the first sample hurt so much I begged not to have any more. Would they have insisted on more if they needed it? I don't think I can do it again and am worried they'd want me to come back for another biopsy.

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 4 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a pretty high threshold for pain but I dreaded the biopsy because I pictured them sticking a big needle in my breast. As it turned out they had me face down on a table with a space for my breast to hang down and there was so much pressure from my breast being squeezed between two plates...

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      I have a pretty high threshold for pain but I dreaded the biopsy because I pictured them sticking a big needle in my breast. As it turned out they had me face down on a table with a space for my breast to hang down and there was so much pressure from my breast being squeezed between two plates that I couldn't even tell when they took the breast tissue. Don't be afraid of any procedure most are totally painless

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Mine really hurt too. If you do have any more biopsys done, tell them about your painful experience. I was crying because it hurt so bad. If I have to do it again, I would ask them to use better pain control.

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    Can the surgeon see that there is nothing wrong with the fluid from a needle biopsy and decide not to have it tested?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If that is what your surgeon did I would get myself a second opinion and this time make sure it is tested.

      Comment
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If that's your doctor's approach I would definitely seek another opinion. Rarely do breast surgeons take that approach. Whoever you see, insist that this be chased down until you get a definitive answer. It may require a surgical biopsy and a pathology read, but you absolutely DO NOT want this...

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      If that's your doctor's approach I would definitely seek another opinion. Rarely do breast surgeons take that approach. Whoever you see, insist that this be chased down until you get a definitive answer. It may require a surgical biopsy and a pathology read, but you absolutely DO NOT want this to sit.

      I suggest you be as proactive as possible on this. As you probably know, "watching" a lump or suspicious area can cause major problems if it is malignant. Please know, though, that many lumps are NOT cancer. You just need to be sure.

      Good luck to to you!

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