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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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    whilst awaiting my scan in two days av started geting pain in between my breast and armpitt is this associated with either breast cancer or cysts!?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 1 answer
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It could be... Might not be. Try to focus on other things until you have results. I know it's hard...

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  • Saana Malik Profile

    I just found out I have breast cancer and I wanted to know if anyone can give me some tips on what to do. I'm lost. I'm not scared because I know I can fight and overcome this.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Saana, I know we are all very sorry to hear you are starting on this journey. At first, this is a bewildering experience; you don't have a lot of answers because you don't know what questions to ask. You probably know what type of breast cancer you have, and they may have given you a...

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      Oh Saana, I know we are all very sorry to hear you are starting on this journey. At first, this is a bewildering experience; you don't have a lot of answers because you don't know what questions to ask. You probably know what type of breast cancer you have, and they may have given you a preliminary stage and bits of other information. My advice The following helped me so much at first and throughout this journey & it's pretty simple.
      Get a 3 ring binder. This will be where you keep ALL copies of your test results. You are entitled to your test results so don't take NO for an answer. Take this binder with you to every one of your appointments. You are going to have a bunch of them.
      Remember to get a business card from each office you go to see. I taped them on the inside cover of the binder so they would be handy.
      Have a list of your medication you take, if any. Also have with you important information and telephone numbers on a list as you will be filling out many patient introduction forms from each and every office.
      Another extremely important thing to do is take your spouse, a relative, or a friend with you to your diagnostic & treatment appointments. This person has to be able to take notes. You are going to be given a lot of information and you won't remember most of it. This is extremely important as you will have those notes to refer back to in upcoming days. Right now, you are still in the "fact-finding" portion of your treatment.
      Please remember, there are many women on this board you have been where you are and we want to help you along your journey. Your positive attitude is all important! You will also need the support of your family, and friends. We will always be here for you. Please count on women here as your "sisters" we will supply you with much information from our vast collective bunch of experience. You will be ok. We have all walked this path. God's blessings, & take care, Sharon

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I. Like what the o there's said. Also, be sure you are really happy with you team of doctors. Make sure they're compassionate. If not , get an appointment with another team. Best of luck . I'm just. A year from my diagnosis and cancer free now! You go girl!

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    drinking too much and just diagnosed with breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree....when you're first diagnosed with breast cancer it's normal for your mind to go over & over the things that you've done in the past that you think might have caused your cancer. I didn't smoke, I ate healthy, drank only an occasional glass of wine, & exercised often. I also had no...

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      I agree....when you're first diagnosed with breast cancer it's normal for your mind to go over & over the things that you've done in the past that you think might have caused your cancer. I didn't smoke, I ate healthy, drank only an occasional glass of wine, & exercised often. I also had no family history of breast cancer. But I still had breast cancer. Children get cancer. They didn't do anything to cause their cancer. Cancer doesn't discriminate. Yes, there are certain risk factors...but they dont really have all the answers on why people get cancer. Please try not to beat yourself up. You need this energy to be focused on a plan of healing. Let us know how you are, hugs, Diana

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Gal!

      I never smoked, never drank, led an exceptionally clean life and STILL got breast cancer. I think it is human nature to blame yourself for somehow screwing up and GIVING yourself breast cancer. PLEASE try to put that aside and just concentrate on getting yourself through the steps to...

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      Oh Gal!

      I never smoked, never drank, led an exceptionally clean life and STILL got breast cancer. I think it is human nature to blame yourself for somehow screwing up and GIVING yourself breast cancer. PLEASE try to put that aside and just concentrate on getting yourself through the steps to beat-the-crap out of this disease! We are all sister's here, many of us are presently going through treatment and I am at the 5 year mark. Hang in there darlin' quit flogging yourself. So sorry you are joining our little party group. We are all here to support one another. Take care, Sharon

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  • ann c Profile

    My sister will start her first chemo next week, what help you think she needs the most besides taking care of her 6 yr old girl?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had my first treatment two weeks ago. My sister has been a rock star... Drover to chemo, took me to store, picked up my scripts, took me for my neulesta shot, brought me food, made sure I took my meds on time, told me jokes, etc! I will never be able to tell her how much I appreciate her...

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      I had my first treatment two weeks ago. My sister has been a rock star... Drover to chemo, took me to store, picked up my scripts, took me for my neulesta shot, brought me food, made sure I took my meds on time, told me jokes, etc! I will never be able to tell her how much I appreciate her support!

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry...hit return... Anyway, I was hungry but couldn't bear to cook. It was one huge thing at a tough time of day that helped more than I anticipated. I have two little kids myself, so I think meals may help your sister! Good luck.

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