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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

  • Pat Rivers Profile

    I will find out my type and stage of breast cancer Tuesday. What questions should I ask the Doctor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Make sure to make a list of questions so you don't forget them! Ask about your breast cancer stage, what your treatment options are and when you need to start treatment. You need to know all your options to make an informed decision. Also, bring a friend or family member with you to take...

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      Make sure to make a list of questions so you don't forget them! Ask about your breast cancer stage, what your treatment options are and when you need to start treatment. You need to know all your options to make an informed decision. Also, bring a friend or family member with you to take notes, you may forget some things later and it is helpful to have that support with you.

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      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Pat,
      I am so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, but so glad that you are preparing yourself for your doctor's visit. I would definitely recommend writing a few questions down because you will probably be overwhelmed with information.

      A few questions you should ask...

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      Pat,
      I am so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, but so glad that you are preparing yourself for your doctor's visit. I would definitely recommend writing a few questions down because you will probably be overwhelmed with information.

      A few questions you should ask are:
      How aggressive is my tumor?
      What is the recommended treatment for my stage of breast cancer?
      When should I start treatment?
      With treatment, what are my chances of recurrence?
      Do you recommend any other tests?

      In addition to writing questions down, try to take someone with you that can write down the answers. If your doctor is not answering your questions so you are able to understand them, ask for an explanation.

      Also, there may be a nurse navigator that you can ask to speak to as well. Oftentimes, breast cancer nurse navigators are breast cancer survivors so they have more of an understanding of what you're going through.

      My prayers are with you, Pat.

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    Should a focal asymmetry always require an ultrasound? What is the risk percentage of it turning into cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Who knows what clicks cells over from being normal to abnormal? When in doubt, I would fall on to the side of having an extra test to MAKE SURE, those cells haven't gone to "The Dark Side." I was misdiagnosed for 7 months because a doctor said I didn't meet the criteria for the extra testing. ...

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      Who knows what clicks cells over from being normal to abnormal? When in doubt, I would fall on to the side of having an extra test to MAKE SURE, those cells haven't gone to "The Dark Side." I was misdiagnosed for 7 months because a doctor said I didn't meet the criteria for the extra testing. If you do end up with breast cancer, you want to catch it as soon as possible. Take care, Sharon

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  • Friday Sosibo Profile

    #Urgent_question...how quickly breast cancer spreads?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Unfortunately, we can't answer this question. There are so many different types of BC and they all have different ways they act. It would be best to contact your doctor for this type of question. God Bless.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Friday,

      Brandi is right. With every type of breast cancer it depends on many factors as to how aggressive the cells are. If you or a loved one is having a lump or other types of changes in breast tissue, they should have it checked immediately. Breast cancer is a very treatable disease when...

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      Friday,

      Brandi is right. With every type of breast cancer it depends on many factors as to how aggressive the cells are. If you or a loved one is having a lump or other types of changes in breast tissue, they should have it checked immediately. Breast cancer is a very treatable disease when caught in early stages. It would be a shame to let it go to a point when the treatment has to be a lot more intensive. The diagnosis of breast cancer is not a death sentence! There are many, many, women who are alive and living perfectly wonderful lives after being treated for breast cancer. The key is getting to the doctor and having your breasts checked if you feel a lump or have other symptoms happening. . Take care, Sharon

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  • Kimberly Lademan Profile

    Still not sure wats stage,just that it is Invassive ductal carcinoma,high grade,and I am so scared,on and off crying,trying to be strong ,unsuccessfully.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Stage 3C ; same caber

      Comment
    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      And 4 years later, still doing my best to annoy co-workers. K. Not really. I love my coworkers.

      Comment

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