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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

  • Sharon Danielson Profile

    Just to let everybody know, I contacted the board about Unlucky Youth & flagged her question.She needs help. I am very worried about her.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2007
    almost 6 years 10 answers
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    • Unlucky Youth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's not that bad really! The only thing is that my parents think it is highly unlikely for a 16 year old to have breast cancer so they aren't really worried. They're in no hurry or anything that's all. It's just I had to wait quite sometime to tell them and almost only a week or two for the...

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      It's not that bad really! The only thing is that my parents think it is highly unlikely for a 16 year old to have breast cancer so they aren't really worried. They're in no hurry or anything that's all. It's just I had to wait quite sometime to tell them and almost only a week or two for the ultra sound. They even felt like there was something wrong with the appointment so they made me another one with a different doctor. It's not their fault that there isn't much hospitals for this here. There is a really big hospital that specializes with cancer which they made the new appointment with. I don't have any symptoms or anything much so... That's the only reason they're not in a hurry. I did talk to my school counselor and I felt much better! The only reason 'I'm dying' is because I'm thinking too much because of the waiting. I posted that question when my mind was in the dark side. Please don't take it that way. I'm having the ultrasound in 3 or 4 days. That's all there is to that post. Thank you all for caring so much! But really my mind will be set at ease in a couple of days!

      3 comments
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Thanks Sharon for stepping forward and contacting the board ... Praying she gets the help she needs.

      Comment
  • Fran Smith Profile

    If a mammogram and ultrasound are clear, why take a biopsy of suspicious lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Not all lumps are seen on mammo or U/S. I assume it's something that is being felt so they know it's there. There are numerous factors as to why not all lumps are seen including dense breast tissue. If that's the case they may want to do an MRI to better evaluate it (my opinion as I'm not a...

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      Not all lumps are seen on mammo or U/S. I assume it's something that is being felt so they know it's there. There are numerous factors as to why not all lumps are seen including dense breast tissue. If that's the case they may want to do an MRI to better evaluate it (my opinion as I'm not a doctor).

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Fran, because a mammogram and ultrasound didn't answer the question if this lump contains malignant cells. Your doctor is doing the right thing for you. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • Nikol Vega Profile

    How do you tell your doctor you're getting a second opinion without hurting their feelings?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Don't hesitate getting a second opinion. Doctors expect patients to seek a second opinion. Some doctors will offer to set up your second opinion for you. I just got done with treatment and sought a second opinion but ended up going back to my oncologist. Do not worry about hurting the doctor,...

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      Don't hesitate getting a second opinion. Doctors expect patients to seek a second opinion. Some doctors will offer to set up your second opinion for you. I just got done with treatment and sought a second opinion but ended up going back to my oncologist. Do not worry about hurting the doctor, they understand. You will have total peace of mind when you have sought out all possibilities for treatment.

      Comment
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't worry about hurting your doctors feelings. My surgeon suggested I go get a second opinion at a bigger hospital and helped me set up the appointment. For me, the second opinion gave me peace of mind that I was doing the right course of treatment. They said exactly the same thing and...

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      Don't worry about hurting your doctors feelings. My surgeon suggested I go get a second opinion at a bigger hospital and helped me set up the appointment. For me, the second opinion gave me peace of mind that I was doing the right course of treatment. They said exactly the same thing and reassured me that although they would love to have me with them, the hospital closer to home was a great choice as well. It's never a bad idea to get a second opinion!

      Comment
  • sylvia clark Profile

    Does anyone have two different types of cancer in the same breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in my right breast. When my path results came back after my mastectomy they also found Ductal Carcinoma In Situ in the same breast.

      Comment
    • Thumb avatar default
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I do! One is spreadable & one isn't. I jus got diagnosed with breast cancer so it's all new to me.

      1 comment

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