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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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  • Jody Feil Profile

    Is it a good idea to do the HCG hormone diet after having breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years Answer
  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    is it ok to refuse chemo or herceptin after surgery and ask for oral medication instead...

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as...

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      Alglen,
      If you are asking is it ok to refuse the advise to have chemotherapy.... it is a personal decision. A patient can do whatever they choose. If you as saying a patient does not want to take the advise of their caregivers about chemo and --thinks-- taking an oral medication will be as effective as chemotherapy, they are dead wrong. Breast cancer is a very tough opponent and it has to be dealth with while your mom has the chance. This is her golden opportunity to throw everything there is at her cancer. There is no easy way out if she fights this. Chemo isn't fun but the side effects can be managed. My best friend chose not to have chemotherapy and she is dead. Surgery can only remove the primary tumor and lymph nodes. It is the cancer cells that may be circulating around her body the chemotherapy targets. Your mom shouldn't let breast cancer win by her being scared to DEATH by the treatment. I am extremely harsh sounding because I detest having breast cancer win and take one of my sisters. There isn't an easy way around a battle with breast cancer. Tell you mom, she has to fight like a real warrior. She really has more strength within her than she thinks. God's blessings, take care, Sharon

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm on herceptin and as far as I know there is no oral medication counterpart. Tamoxifen is given to women who have ER tumors. herceptin is given to women who have HER2 tumors. Chemo is your best bet against an aggressive form of breast cancer such as HER2 .

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  • ana al Profile
  • karthikeyan karthikeyan Profile

    what kind of treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I was treasted for IDC. My tumor was over 5 cm, no lymph node involvement, no mets. They gave me neoadjuvent chemo followed by bilateral mast since I was BRCA1, then radiation. Staged at IIB, grade 3. I was also PR+. Am on Arimidex. Everyone is different. My doctors wanted to stop the...

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      I was treasted for IDC. My tumor was over 5 cm, no lymph node involvement, no mets. They gave me neoadjuvent chemo followed by bilateral mast since I was BRCA1, then radiation. Staged at IIB, grade 3. I was also PR+. Am on Arimidex. Everyone is different. My doctors wanted to stop the spread of the cancer cells ASAP and shrink the tumor before surgery. All of our treatments are different depending on the size and possible spread of the tumor. All treatments are tailored to the specifics of our cancers. I wish you the best and want you to know that you can live a happy and wonderful life once the treatments, tests, etc are past. I understand that this is one of the most common cancers for post menopausal women.

      Prayers and best wishes,
      Sharon Doria

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You can expect the possibility of several types of treatment but it all depends on many factors as Cindy has stated. Treatments for breast cancer can be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy. You will have consultations with a surgeon, and an oncologist. You will be having...

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      You can expect the possibility of several types of treatment but it all depends on many factors as Cindy has stated. Treatments for breast cancer can be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy. You will have consultations with a surgeon, and an oncologist. You will be having many different tests to see how far or if the cancer as spread. All in all, it is a very involved Type of treatment but for everyone it is a little bit different because of targeted treatment just for you and your type of cancer. Take care, Sharon

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