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My grandmother had a spot removed which was breast cancer, very very early stage 1 if that. She is so worried about losing her breast, what should i tell her to make her feel better? She doesn't know anyone who has it to refer to or confide in.

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonimamente
    Stage 4 Paciente
    I can totally understand your grandmother's fear of losing a breast. I had a double mastectomy in Oct. But I had a later stage cancer with lymph node involvement. By her cancer being detected early...her options will be greater.  :).  So she had the cancerous tissue removed with clean margins? That's good! In my opinion I would ask my doctor to perform a PET or CT scan just to make sure there are no other cancerous spots.  She might consider talking to her doctor about radiation for any "rogue" cells. I believe the objective is to do the steps needed to try to prevent a reoccurrence. I am not a Dr. but by what you've told me I don't see a reason your grandmother can't keep her breast. Tell her she will be in my thoughts & prayers, Diana
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Amanda, I'm sorry about your grandmother. When I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer I didn't know anyone else who had it as well. That's very good her cancer was caught early. You said she had a spot removed. Was this from a biopsy or I'd she have a lumpectomy? Has her Dr. told her she needed more treatment such as chemo or radiation? 
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  • Cindy Rathbun Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Hi Amanda, Having had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation, I was very surprised to have a reoccurrence in the same breast in March. I opted for bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in May. If she is concerned cosmetically, she needs to know that radiation makes reconstruction much more problematic. I got my implants, but many complications and painful process. She might want to forego radiation and instead consider mastectomy with reconstruction. Have her visit a couple of top-notch plastic surgeons recommended by the oncological surgeon to get their opinions on her age, tissue health, etc. I have a good friend who had her diagnosis and mastectomy two years ago at age 80. She uses a prosthesis and is very satisfied. Help your grandmother do some research on options. Get more than one opinion. Best wishes to you both. Your helping her is a huge emotional lift.
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  • Ali S Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Buy her the book UPLIFT, it has many stories in it. Also, help her find a support group in the area if she's comfortable with it Best wishes
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  • Amanda Roth Profile
    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One
    Biopsy, they also took tissue out from around the spot, which had no cancer surrounding. After the holiday she is going back, they gave her the options of not doing anything and going to the doctors every month, radiation, or remove the breast. She feels she is losing a body part and everyone will know and judge her (she is very self conscious about herself)
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  • Amanda Roth Profile
    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One
    Thank you very much, you have help a huge amount. :) good luck with your treatments. Amanda
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  • Amanda Roth Profile
    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One
    Thank you! :)
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