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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

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    do breast cancer cause me to lose weight

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's in treatment

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Surprisingly I lost a few pounds while in the hospital for surgery but have since put some extra on due to chemo.

      Comment
  • Melissa Stanton Profile

    I found another lump in my right breast. I had a lump removed last December but they said it was nothing to worry about. Should this one be?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Kay Westrap Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't worry but do something! You should get an exam as soon as possible from your doctor. No matter how many lumps you have that are nothing to worry about, you should always get every lump checked.

      Comment
    • Amy O Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2001

      Me too - better safe than sorry. I had a history of benign fibrocystic tumors before I was diagnosed with cancer, and never would have caught the cancerous one if I hadn't kept getting them checked.

      Comment
  • billiemae  cobern Profile

    i had a biopsy on 3/27/12~results were cancer ~i have a shooting pain going under my arm is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 7 years 2 answers
    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am stage 2b hormone positive and HER2 negative, 1 out of 10 nodes positive. Did the surgeon take any lymph nodes during the biopsy? I know after my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy, my surgeon said that I may experience "random" shooting pain in my...

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      So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am stage 2b hormone positive and HER2 negative, 1 out of 10 nodes positive. Did the surgeon take any lymph nodes during the biopsy? I know after my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy, my surgeon said that I may experience "random" shooting pain in my arm. That could be what is causing yours? I would call your doctor and double check, just to be on the safe side. Best of luck to you, we are all here to help you on this journey.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Dear Billiemae, Never be afraid to call the doctor who did the biopsy and ask a question. If you ask all of us, we would all come up with a different answer regarding discomfort post-biopsy's. If you have a concern, it is important TO YOU. I was also staged at 2B IDC. I don't know if this is...

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      Dear Billiemae, Never be afraid to call the doctor who did the biopsy and ask a question. If you ask all of us, we would all come up with a different answer regarding discomfort post-biopsy's. If you have a concern, it is important TO YOU. I was also staged at 2B IDC. I don't know if this is normal or not but contact the doctor's office, especially if you have increased swelling, redness, and pain. Hang in there Billiemae. We've been down this path. Please keep in contact with us, we are here to help all women get through this with love and support. God's blessings.... Sharon

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    I recently found a lump so I bought health insurance. Am worried that since I have to wait 3mo before its active, the lump & risks will grow. If I get tested before insurance kicks in, it won't pay for treatment. (if cancerous) Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Lysa

      Comment
    • Natalie Grant Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Go get check... Early detection is key to beating this!!! Forget about how you going to pay. If you don't have insurance there are a lot of resources out there like the cancer society that will help you out. MAKE APPOINTMENT ASAP!!!!

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