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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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    I have invasive ductile carcinoma and a tumor about 4cm. The doctor can't remove it until Nov 2nd. I am afraid that it will grow or spread elsewhere...should I be concerend?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 6 answers
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    • Trina Kautzmann Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on 5/17

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    • Mary Boone Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a normal panic reaction .. When first dx.. Worrying will do more harm.. Think of it like this.. Imagine how long it took for it to grow.. A wk or two is not going to make it spread.. I wish u luck.. And god bless.. Try not to worry..

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  • Gina Berger Profile

    I'm 36 & have 2 types of cancer. My surgery is next Friday. But friends are telling me get a 2nd opinion? Should I?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I totally agree with all the ladies. I received so much advice from other people. And was also told about "quick" cures and so much more. In the end..it's your body & life & you must do what's right for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I totally agree with all the ladies. I received so much advice from other people. And was also told about "quick" cures and so much more. In the end..it's your body & life & you must do what's right for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs

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    My Mother was told she has breast cancer in her right breast. However this was told to her from doing a Mammography and Ultra Sound. Should a biopsy be done to really rule out cancer or can they tell its cancer from those test? Scared for her!!!!

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

      I had 2 areas that looked "highly suspicious" on a mammogram, additional views, and U/S. A biopsy was recommended to determine what they were. Some things, to doctors trained in reading the studies have certain appearance(s) that indicate if it is a cancer or not but the final determination is...

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      I had 2 areas that looked "highly suspicious" on a mammogram, additional views, and U/S. A biopsy was recommended to determine what they were. Some things, to doctors trained in reading the studies have certain appearance(s) that indicate if it is a cancer or not but the final determination is by doing a biopsy.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was told at my biopsy appointment expect the test to come back as being cancer. Until there is a definite finding of cancer from a pathologist report, it isn't a real confirmation. I do believe that some types of breast cancer are nearly unmistakable in the way it looks. I found my own lump...

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      I was told at my biopsy appointment expect the test to come back as being cancer. Until there is a definite finding of cancer from a pathologist report, it isn't a real confirmation. I do believe that some types of breast cancer are nearly unmistakable in the way it looks. I found my own lump and there was no doubt in my mind it was cancer. The way it felt was vastly different from any other lump I had ever had. It wasn't a big surprise. Some breast cancers are very difficult to find and to tell from a mammogram and ultrasound. Have her get a biopsy for sure and hope for the best. In case this does turn out to be breast cancer, it doesn't mean a death sentence. Usually you go through treatment and just go on with your life. I was diagnosed at 59 and am now 68, and very healthy. My life is wonderful. Your Mom is lucky to have you in her corner. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • Wendy Smith Profile

    My sister was diagnosed 2 wks ago & is having surgery this Wednesday. I feel so darn helpless - my best friend has breast cancer - don't know what to do or how to help her. She tells us she's going to have 12 weeks chemo then a month of radiation after.

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    Family Member or Loved One
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Wendy, how wonderful it is she has you standing by her and loving her so much.

      Accompany her especially to her chemo appointments. Sometimes they give a sedative and she won't be able to drive.

      You can help by making her some food when she doesn't feel like eating. Chemo may, very likely,...

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      Wendy, how wonderful it is she has you standing by her and loving her so much.

      Accompany her especially to her chemo appointments. Sometimes they give a sedative and she won't be able to drive.

      You can help by making her some food when she doesn't feel like eating. Chemo may, very likely, alter her taste and sense of smell. I was hooked on salads and anything green and leafy. My favorites.... coffee and chocolate tasted awful. Things returned to normal after my chemo.

      You can watch funny movies with her.

      You can make a party out of shaving her head. This saves the dreadful stage of having to watch her hair fall out in clumps. (Her hair will come out a couple of weeks past the first chemo.

      Only pass along positive stories of breast cancer survival. Really it isn't difficult to find good outcomes type stories.... survival is the name of the game with breast cancer treatment these days! Your sister has already run the nightmare stuff through her head... she needs the happily-ever-after.

      If she has financial problems, have her (or you) contact the cancer society, Susan G. Komen, Avon Breast Cancer... just google breast cancer financial assistance. There are places out there that can assist.

      Your sister will have lots of sisters-in-breast cancer. She can do this and come out stronger on the other side. She will be ok. She is very lucky to have you caring so much.
      Don't be the least bit shy about keeping in contact with us. We have either been through it or are going through the treatment right now.

      Blessings, Sharon

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Wendy....first of all, thank you so much for your nice compliment on an earlier post if mine. I hope my story gave you hope and encouragement for your sister and best friend. Cancer affects every one around the patient. Treatment isn't easy but it's doable. I feel the emotional aspect of...

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      Hi Wendy....first of all, thank you so much for your nice compliment on an earlier post if mine. I hope my story gave you hope and encouragement for your sister and best friend. Cancer affects every one around the patient. Treatment isn't easy but it's doable. I feel the emotional aspect of having cancer is greater than the physical pain. I read every survivor story I could get my hands on. Lol. That really helped me. Hope & faith are powerful things. I couldn't have gone through all that I did without them. That...and if course family, friends, prayer, and a wonderful boyfriend. I will say a prayer for your dear sister for her surgery on Wednesday. And for your best friend as well. They are so fortunate to have you. Please keep us posted. Lots of hugs Wendy, Diana

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