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If I have cancer, why don't I feel sick?

Sharon Thomas Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 6 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    If you are asking about breast cancer specifically, you won't feel sick unless it has metastasized (spread) to an organ, bones, brain, etc. Some women, have symptoms with breast cancer like itching, pain, tingling, inverted nipple, discharge from the nipple, some type of sensation in the breast that is out of the ordinary. Some women have no discomfort or sensation from breast cancer. Once breast cancer has metastasized to an organ, a person may then develop different symptoms that would make them "feel sick." Breast cancer is sneaky! The best outcomes happen when the disease is caught early and treated successfully.
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  • Wendy Lauber Kilbourne Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    Sharon, Cancer is somewhat a natural process of cell growth in your body. The cancer cells are just cells that don't know when to stop. Our bodies cannot tell the difference between good cells and cancer cells, thus, no symptoms, especially if caught early enough. The longer you have cancer the more you do start to notice symptoms as Sharon Danielson mentions above because the cancer cells start to add up. I had no symptoms when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I actually went in for a mammogram because I found a lump on my right breast. Come to find out, it was NOT cancerous. But in the meantime, they found cancer on my LEFT breast, which I never even felt. I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but wish you the best of luck and remember: Take it ONE step at a time.
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Sharon. Cancer can be very tricky and often has no symptoms. I felt great and have always been healthy when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. It was a huge shock to say the least. I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You're not alone. There are a great group of women on here that have been where you're at now. We'll be here to listen. Hugs Sharon
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Sharon , Sorry to hear of your diagnoses when I was told I had cancer it was a very big shock I felt great didn't feel any different Have a nice day and stay positive
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Elizabeth Maiello Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Me too, I just got diagnosed but I don't feel I'll. Tired, but I'm 61, and so I thought that was normal. Also my thyroid is out of whack, and I have to have a biopsy on my thyroid as well. So strange knowing I have cancer, but feel I g I'm, except scared.
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