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  • April Morgan Profile

    Anyone else diagnosed with invasive mammary carcinoma?

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    about 4 hours 1 answer
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.

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    My wife was told not to hold our 4 month old for 8hrs after her PET. I have read mixed reviews about this. Some say it's ok after 3hrs, some 6hrs and some 12hrs+ just trying to educate us both

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    about 10 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would go with what they told her at the facility where she had it done.

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  • Robin Rodriguez Profile

    Wonder why the doctor only says im in stage 3? When i look up stage 3 there are 3 different ones, so confused how do i figure this out. Feeling so overwhelmed

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    Patient
    about 20 hours 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Robin,
      For your MRI, try to get a bit of Xanax. It is a tablet that will help ease your panic. I have major panic attacks but with Xanax, able to tolerate the MRI procedure. As for the staging, it has to do with several criteria. The size of the tumor is number 1. Are the cells graded as ...

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      Robin,
      For your MRI, try to get a bit of Xanax. It is a tablet that will help ease your panic. I have major panic attacks but with Xanax, able to tolerate the MRI procedure. As for the staging, it has to do with several criteria. The size of the tumor is number 1. Are the cells graded as 1, 2, 3.... from slow-growing to aggressive. Stage 3 then the other defining rating is A, B. You haven't had the final pathology report yet, that comes after your surgery. Your stage may change as many of ours have. Mine went from a 2-A to a 2-B because cancer was found in one of my lymph nodes.. You can think of your biopsy as a preliminary report. You will also hear what your hormone status is. You are having a genetic test to see if these cells are positive for BRCA gene. You need to have this all explained by your oncologist. Take your spouse, a relative, a friend with you to your consultation appointment. Have them take notes. Your head will spin and you will forget much of what is said. As you go through the process, you will gain more information about your particular type of breast cancer and it's treatment. Hang in there, we have all been where you are going. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You can't figure it out as such as it takes the Pathologist to determine that. There are some great videos on this site that explain stages and what each one within the stage mean.

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  • Phyllis Marrow Profile

    What happens at the 6 weeks follow up from radiation? What happens now going forward?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      At first I saw both my Onc. and RT every 3 months that included a blood draw, office visit, and a breast exam. This went out to 4 months and now my Onc. is every 6 months and my RT once a year; I'm 3 1/2 years out. It still includes lab work, office visit, and a physical exam.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      The ratation doctor will check your skin , how it's healing and ask how are things going in a general way ... And this goes for up to 5 yrs ... All the hard work is done , so it's a enjoyable exam !!::)))

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  • Lisa Doheny Profile

    Has anyone switched from tamoxifen to letrozole(femera) have new side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lisa,
      They are different drugs but both hormone blocking. Depending on the way you tolerate a drug, your reaction could be different. I was on letrozole for 5 years and had hot flashes but nothing else. It was tolerable for me. The addition of a drug called Effexor, usually helps with hot...

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      Lisa,
      They are different drugs but both hormone blocking. Depending on the way you tolerate a drug, your reaction could be different. I was on letrozole for 5 years and had hot flashes but nothing else. It was tolerable for me. The addition of a drug called Effexor, usually helps with hot flashes.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lisa. I changed after 18 mths and a hysterectomy!!!.. Hot flushes not as much , joints are sore , a little teary now and then , no sex drive. But really it's almost the same symptoms!!.... So I only have 9 yrs to go !! Yeh ::)))

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    how much effects gives chemothrapy for ca-breast..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor should be able to provide some information on this as there are so many factors involved. I did an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed and I came in right on the number saying I could do without it. However, in adding it to my treatment plan it dropped my recurrence rate...

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      Your doctor should be able to provide some information on this as there are so many factors involved. I did an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed and I came in right on the number saying I could do without it. However, in adding it to my treatment plan it dropped my recurrence rate way down so it was a no brainer for me to do it and I have no regrets.

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    • Paula Munnerlyn Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just had my visit with my physician. All is well, I
      Have another follow up in six months. Cancer treatment was rough but bearable. I now talk to others to let them know that having cancer does not mean an instant death warrant. Spread the word let others know that waiting around and hoping it...

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      I just had my visit with my physician. All is well, I
      Have another follow up in six months. Cancer treatment was rough but bearable. I now talk to others to let them know that having cancer does not mean an instant death warrant. Spread the word let others know that waiting around and hoping it will go away by itself is not an option. React to it, get professional opinion, and make a decision to live.

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    I have just been diagnosed with Granulomatous Mastitis because my core biopsys and FNA's came back as not containing cancer cells. Does this happen with every breast lump found?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The majority of breast lumps are benign but if they are concerned they recommend a biopsy to determine what it is as that is the only way to find out.

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    what are the symptoms will occurs is ca-breast is on malignant..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have symptoms either just 2 changes from my prior mammogram of a year earlier. If you have any concerns regarding your breasts or any other area of your body make an appointment and see your doctor as some tests may be in order.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I didn't have symptoms check the learn section of this site.

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  • molly brown Profile

    chemo worse

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 days 2 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My chemo saved my life and it was not easy but it was do able.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Yes it is ... The worst!!... It's horrible and nasty and No one , really understands ( but us )!!! Nothing like it in the world ... I know your pain ... But .. It does work and it does end .... I cried on my last session.... Cause it made so sick I didn't want to do it .... But ..of course I...

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      Yes it is ... The worst!!... It's horrible and nasty and No one , really understands ( but us )!!! Nothing like it in the world ... I know your pain ... But .. It does work and it does end .... I cried on my last session.... Cause it made so sick I didn't want to do it .... But ..of course I did and 2 yrs out .. Long hair , tattoo on empty chest and feeling the best !! So hang in there girl .. And feel free to vent here ..it helps 🎀🎀🎀

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  • Rachael Lally Profile

    Is an internal pulling sensation in the breast a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor as some testing may be in order.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Rachael,
      It's difficult to know what is causing that sensation. You should consult your doctor to have it checked out. Since we have all had breast cancer, we are hypersensitive to any symptom that we see or feel. We can't tell you what this is and a doctor would have to perform tests to give...

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      Rachael,
      It's difficult to know what is causing that sensation. You should consult your doctor to have it checked out. Since we have all had breast cancer, we are hypersensitive to any symptom that we see or feel. We can't tell you what this is and a doctor would have to perform tests to give you a definitive diagnosis. Our advise is always to never ignore changes in your body. Take care, Sharon

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    whats means by leiomyomatous polyp..?? n then is necessary to remove uterus?this is for my mother..please reply me..

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 1 answer
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The leiomyomatous polyp I could "google" is only in the colon. It is rare and benign. They remove it. Does your mother also have breast cancer? This has nothing to do with breast cancer. Have your mother ask her doctor. Take care, Sharon

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  • Shirley Cooper Profile

    If chemotherapy shrinks a breast tumour will it change the stage of cancer you are in

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't believe so but may be wrong. I think once a cancer is staged it stays that stage unless other factors later come into play and then it can be different as in up say from an A to a B but not from B to A.

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Unfortunately not but it does possibly stop the spread of random cells in the body as soon as chemo is started and give a good idea of how well you will respond to chemo due to the size the original tumor shrinks. That may help your team to judge the chance for recurrence. I was stage 2b due to...

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      Unfortunately not but it does possibly stop the spread of random cells in the body as soon as chemo is started and give a good idea of how well you will respond to chemo due to the size the original tumor shrinks. That may help your team to judge the chance for recurrence. I was stage 2b due to the size of my tumor, about 6cm, and the neoadjuvent chemo shrunk it to 1.5cm. My radiologist said it would have shrunk further if we waited a little longer for surgery. It was not, however, a complete response which means there are no cancer cells left in the original cancer after the chemo, surgery and pathology report.That is the ideal situation!

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  • Thelma  Bulatao Profile

    Radiation therapy, when is the right time to start using a breast moisturizer to prevent the unwanted skin discoloration of sunburn like and scaling of the breast skin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I started using it from day #1 and used what my clinic recommended-pure aloe vera gel. The only time you shouldn't apply it is just before your breast is treated as some products combined with the rads. can cause burns to the skin. My chest and axilla still got bright red but it disappeared...

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      I started using it from day #1 and used what my clinic recommended-pure aloe vera gel. The only time you shouldn't apply it is just before your breast is treated as some products combined with the rads. can cause burns to the skin. My chest and axilla still got bright red but it disappeared totally after about a month and a half or so after my last treatment. My RT told me it would look worse for the first couple of weeks after before getting better.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I started before my 1st treatment with Aquaphor. It was inexpensive for a small jar @ Walmart & worked wonders. Very little burning & no pealing. The sunburn is unavoidable because if your receiving a lot of treatments I had 35. It pretty much went away once treatment ended. I had no other side...

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      I started before my 1st treatment with Aquaphor. It was inexpensive for a small jar @ Walmart & worked wonders. Very little burning & no pealing. The sunburn is unavoidable because if your receiving a lot of treatments I had 35. It pretty much went away once treatment ended. I had no other side effects. Yes what ever u use was it off prior to treatments & pit back in immediately

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    whats mean by leiomyomatous polyp..??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What did your doctor tell you? I'm assuming it's in your uterus but they are also found in the intestinal tract as I recall from my anatomy classes from way back when.

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  • Penny S Profile

    Did anyone else have CHF-PRIOR-to breast cancer... and decide to take the herceptin ??? my heart is already EF of 35%, dont want it to blow up on me.. :(

    Asked by anonymous

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    5 days 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Side effects from chemo such as heart problems happen in some individuals. Your oncologist is, hopefully, very aware of this and will treat you accordingly. I would also assume you may have a consult with a cardiologist during your treatment. We are all individuals and your treatment and the...

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      Side effects from chemo such as heart problems happen in some individuals. Your oncologist is, hopefully, very aware of this and will treat you accordingly. I would also assume you may have a consult with a cardiologist during your treatment. We are all individuals and your treatment and the way you react to it is as individual and unique as you are. Talk this over with your doctor.... maybe get a second opinion and surely an appointment with a cardiologist. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This sounds like something you need to be discussing with your doctor(s) and see what they recommend as perhaps there is something else you can take.

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  • Ari Bayliss  Profile

    What about the rest of my lymph nodes (chest, other arm...)? My double mastectomy was July 7th. The surgeon took out 30 lymph nodes, 12 came back cancerous. What does this mean for the rest of my lymph system?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 days 2 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That is a doctor question. My guess is chemo will be next.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lymph system will still work .. But you have to take great care with your arm .. Don't lift heavy item , garden with gloves , no BP or blood tests on this arm .. And you may have to wear compression sleeve and learn how to massage your arm to help drain the fluid... You may need to see a OT ...

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      Lymph system will still work .. But you have to take great care with your arm .. Don't lift heavy item , garden with gloves , no BP or blood tests on this arm .. And you may have to wear compression sleeve and learn how to massage your arm to help drain the fluid... You may need to see a OT book them through your doctor. My arm was great till about 1 year after surgery , int asthma played up and I was given medication which made my arm ..fill with fluid ... 12 mths on wearing sleeve , massage still bigger than other arm especially in summer .. And I live in Australia, so it's always hot !!! .. Take care it all does works out ::))🎀🎀

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  • Penny S Profile

    My pet scan was denied... I hate united healthcare.. they want THREE ct scans of the chest and abdomen FIRST, then approve PET, possibly.. really, $1000 for ct or $1000 for PET which provides more info... so stressed.. what do you do?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Appeal!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any insurance companies can have their decision appealed. I did that last Dec. after being on Medicare for about 5 weeks. I needed a chest X-ray for a preop workup, they denied the X-ray but paid the Radiologist to read it. At the clinic they wouldn't take the order the surgeon had given me...

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      Any insurance companies can have their decision appealed. I did that last Dec. after being on Medicare for about 5 weeks. I needed a chest X-ray for a preop workup, they denied the X-ray but paid the Radiologist to read it. At the clinic they wouldn't take the order the surgeon had given me for both the X-ray and EKG which they paid for. I went to the clinic a week after surgery and had their insurance lady help me file an appeal since my hand was bandaged and I couldn't write. She took the order and we sent a copy of it with the appeal papers and they paid it, just needed something to say it was medically necessary. It could have been the way the doctor's office coded the info. they sent to your insurance company so try again.

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    Having chemo before surgery for 3cyclic is that best for surgry..?? N how long it takes..??please answer me..this is for my mother..

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My Oncologist wanted me do have some pre surgery chemo. and the Surgeon nixed it. I assume it was to shrink the size of my areas so a lumpectomy could be done but don't know for sure since I never asked her. I had already decided to do a mastectomy anyway so as far as I'm concerned it was a...

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      My Oncologist wanted me do have some pre surgery chemo. and the Surgeon nixed it. I assume it was to shrink the size of my areas so a lumpectomy could be done but don't know for sure since I never asked her. I had already decided to do a mastectomy anyway so as far as I'm concerned it was a moot point.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If this is what the treatment team said is best. Then I would go with it. It is not abnormal to do chemo first.

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    ca breast is harmful or spreadable though any of vessel when is on stage 3?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 days 2 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The cancer can spread at any stage. My cancer stage 3 has not spread. I was diagnosed 1/25/2011

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      When they check the nodes under your arms ... They are the vessels that can carry the cancer around your body .... But the doctor will do scans , blood test and MRI etc to make sure that the rest of your body is clear ...with 5 out of 10 of my nodes were cancerous , and was told if I hadn't gone...

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      When they check the nodes under your arms ... They are the vessels that can carry the cancer around your body .... But the doctor will do scans , blood test and MRI etc to make sure that the rest of your body is clear ...with 5 out of 10 of my nodes were cancerous , and was told if I hadn't gone to the doctor about my breast .. I would have had a year maybe ?!!!..... I have also had issues with my ovaries .. So I had those out as well !!!..... I was stage 3b .. No issues now ... But your mental view to cancer and being positive and choosing to fight it ,will help a lot !!! Good luck

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  • Pavithra S Profile

    whats stage 3 means in ca breast?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site and one explains what each stage mean.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am stage 3 it meant that my cancer mass was very big. Your treatment team will come up with a treatment that the believe will assure you long term unions.

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  • Pavithra S Profile

    is immediate surgery need for CA breast stage 3?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 days 2 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      After the biopsy I had my first op when they discover that the cancer was large and wide spread .... I then had my double mast about a mth later ( because of large breasts). But I'm happier that I did now no worries about cancer coming back on the other side ..... A mth later I started my chemo...

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      After the biopsy I had my first op when they discover that the cancer was large and wide spread .... I then had my double mast about a mth later ( because of large breasts). But I'm happier that I did now no worries about cancer coming back on the other side ..... A mth later I started my chemo .......surgery was easy I thought with just an overnight stay in hospital. Come home with drains for about a week .. But I was pain free and lighter in weight. Not as bad as people think !!!

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    • Pavithra S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Is immediate surgery need for CA breast stage 3?

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  • Penny S Profile

    I can't take herceptin, what next?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    8 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to be discussing this with your doctor(s) and that we aren't. Are you allergic to it, just curious?

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  • Phyllis Marrow Profile

    Why do I get tired and fatigued quickly even after radiation has been completed a month ago?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    9 days 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your body has been through a lot. When I get fatigued 3+ years out of treatment I tell myself to take it easy and it will get better.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Phyllis... I don't know what your other treatment were ....but I had them all more..... It took me nearly a whole year to feel almost normal again....I use to have afternoon naps , most weekends ( I work full time) and just to close my eyes for a 5 mins was great !!!...... We have been through...

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      Phyllis... I don't know what your other treatment were ....but I had them all more..... It took me nearly a whole year to feel almost normal again....I use to have afternoon naps , most weekends ( I work full time) and just to close my eyes for a 5 mins was great !!!...... We have been through not only physical and mental stress ... I believe that that mental stress makes a bigger impact on our life's then we know 🎀

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  • Joyce Jackson Profile

    Has anyone been diagnosed with triple negative idc

    Asked by anonymous

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    10 days 4 answers
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    • connie Gasmund  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was 3 years ago. Good luck

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    • Samantha Sen Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I got triple negative in 11/5/15,
      Lumpectomy 11/18/15
      1st chemo 12/23/15 and last chemo 4/21/16 and my last radiation is 7/8/16.

      I got a friend she is TNBC and 21 years survivor. I always told myself take 1 day at a time. Be strong & positive. I feel GREAT and I don't feel like am a sick person...

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      I got triple negative in 11/5/15,
      Lumpectomy 11/18/15
      1st chemo 12/23/15 and last chemo 4/21/16 and my last radiation is 7/8/16.

      I got a friend she is TNBC and 21 years survivor. I always told myself take 1 day at a time. Be strong & positive. I feel GREAT and I don't feel like am a sick person at all. Life after cancer. Life is beautiful.

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  • Maria Adkins Profile

    Hair loss on arimidex

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    10 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have been on Letrozole (Femera) for 3+ years and haven't experienced any hair loss.

      Comment
    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Maria, I have been on arimidex since December, 2011. I have not had any hair loss. I know that I have been extremely fortunate because I have never had any side effects from the arimidex.

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