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    Hi just wondered if anyone knew what is involved in an appointment for genetic counselling. I have been referred for genetic testing I.e BRCA gene . Any advice is welcome !

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    • Beth Marlow Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the genetic testing and you meet with a genetic counselor and you go over your family health history as far back as you can. I had to also do a family health questionnaire before hand. And then afterwards they took vials of blood and then a report was sent to me .

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    Has anyone had an ultrasound on that showed 35mm of endometrial thickness while on tamoxifen? I had one episode of spotting and am having a biopsy next week. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has been through this. Thank you

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Diana Lai Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My endometrial thickness has increased to 16mm after taking Tamoxifen for 2 years and 2 months. So, I think 35mm is very thick. I had hysterocopy D&C in October 2013 and luckily the result is fine. After consulting an oncologist, I stopped taking Tamoxifen and now the thickness has decreased to...

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      My endometrial thickness has increased to 16mm after taking Tamoxifen for 2 years and 2 months. So, I think 35mm is very thick. I had hysterocopy D&C in October 2013 and luckily the result is fine. After consulting an oncologist, I stopped taking Tamoxifen and now the thickness has decreased to 3mm. but I don't quite understand what is "episode of spotting". Hope it can give you some help.

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    I'm really scared i'm diseased i mean i'm only a pre teen, and i'm afraid of death and diseases, i dont think i can tell my parents just yet. I did a research and saw that half the signs are already happening and i'm getting paranoid. Any recommendations?

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    about 18 hours 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was the same way when I was your age! It is not uncommon and we do get young girls/women coming on this site asking us if they have breast cancer. Our answer is pretty much the same.... talk to your Mom about your fears. If you become really obsessed with fear of death, dying, disease, you...

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      I was the same way when I was your age! It is not uncommon and we do get young girls/women coming on this site asking us if they have breast cancer. Our answer is pretty much the same.... talk to your Mom about your fears. If you become really obsessed with fear of death, dying, disease, you may need to talk to a counselor. At your age, you have your entire life ahead of you and you shouldn't lose precious time to worrying about something unnecessarily. As you grow older, there are health things you do keep an eye on but it shouldn't consume your life. Talk to your Mom or you school counselor, you need to be a happy kid, and not worry so much. I made myself miserable worrying I had all sorts of things when I was growing up. I am 66 now and I did have breast cancer when I was 59 but all my time as an adult, I was never sick with anything horrible. Even having breast cancer, most of the time, you get treatment and you just go on with your life, it doesn't kill you. I am so sorry you are a worrier, it's tough. I hope you can find a way to let go of that behavior. You have your whole wonderful life in front of you. Remember, talk to your Mom, your doctor, or a school councelor. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you're "diseased" with but can probably make a good guess. You need to talk with your parents or some other trusted adult as you need to see a doctor (no I'm not one) and have yourself checked and if need be have some treatment of some sort.

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    My echo came back and my EF is at 47% We are temporarily stopping Herceptin and redoing echo in 4 weeks. I am about 3/4 way done and been fine. Anyone experience this and any suggestions to improve it outside of any meds? Still need to talk with doc.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had an Echo. last August for different reasons on seeing a Cardiologist for a consult due to my blood pressure meds. He indicated I didn't need a stress test due to my activity level being fine without any shortness of breath or other symptoms. Mine came out at 65%, I have a very strong...

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      I had an Echo. last August for different reasons on seeing a Cardiologist for a consult due to my blood pressure meds. He indicated I didn't need a stress test due to my activity level being fine without any shortness of breath or other symptoms. Mine came out at 65%, I have a very strong family history. I did give him my radiation treatment numbers since it was to my left side and he asked about my chemo. meds. and if I were taking anything else. I'm on Letrozole for at least 5 years.

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  • Inna S Profile

    Tamoxifen? For how long you taking it? And any side effects?

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    Stage 4 Patient
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I imagine everyone is different in how long they take it. My clinic always gave me printouts when they gave me something different medicine-wise that listed actions, side effects, etc. I made sure I read them to better understand them. My team even gave me printouts of my chemo. drugs with...

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      I imagine everyone is different in how long they take it. My clinic always gave me printouts when they gave me something different medicine-wise that listed actions, side effects, etc. I made sure I read them to better understand them. My team even gave me printouts of my chemo. drugs with possible side effects listed and it helped so I could decide if I needed to call their triage line or not.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I started it was 5 years now it is ten years. Side effects were sleeping I Take it n the morning with a little food and take a .5 Ambien and hot flashes effexor fixes that. Yoga handles the joint pain.

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    My mom is currently diagnosed with breast cancer probably stage 2b. My problem now is she does not want to undergo surgery (mastectomy). What should I do?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Karen, I think that is perfectly reasonable. She is terrified yet she doesn't have enough information to get her on board with treatment. She needs to let her fears come to the surface and out her mouth so she can gets those questions answered. Go with her to her consultation appointments. SHe...

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      Karen, I think that is perfectly reasonable. She is terrified yet she doesn't have enough information to get her on board with treatment. She needs to let her fears come to the surface and out her mouth so she can gets those questions answered. Go with her to her consultation appointments. SHe may be dealing with a mental picture of the surgery, itself, the fear of pain, the disfigurment. Most of the time, a lumpectomy can be performed and she can keep her breast. She needs more information and support. I did have a mastectomy and for me, it was very easy. She can also have reconstruction too. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Partial masectomy might even be an option. It was what they suggested to me. Stage 2bc

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  • Suzanne  McCool Profile

    I Have stage 4 colon lung cancer , just wandering how should I get a mammogram. I was thinking should only be done by ultra sound so not to squash the tissues I have been getting sore underarm and chest lumps only on the right side

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think you should talk to your onc or surgeon. They will know what is best for your case.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Suzanne, I would suggest a talk with your oncologist. A way around the mammogram might be with an MRI. They don't pick up everything but maybe an MRI plus an ultrasound may be a way that would work. Take care, Sharon

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    I was diagnosed 4 months ago with BC, 2A, grade 1, going through Chemo, everything is going well; I am consumed with the fear of reoccurrence, everywhere I look there are stories of cancer; it is all I think about, any suggestions on how to move past this

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    3 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We all suffer this same nagging thought. You are so close to the treatment at this point I am not surprised your thought processes are so acutely aware of all the cancer stuff bombarding us. As you get further from your treatment and your Check up visits become less frequent, it will become...

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      We all suffer this same nagging thought. You are so close to the treatment at this point I am not surprised your thought processes are so acutely aware of all the cancer stuff bombarding us. As you get further from your treatment and your Check up visits become less frequent, it will become less and less. Unfortunately it won't totally go away. Get yourself busy, it is the easiest way to put your worries on a shelf. Hang in there, Sharon

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You have to be stubborn. There are days you can't do it. Try to regain your thinking, your joy, and life by not thinking about cancer. It need not be the shadow.

      Flip the conversation and say. I choose to do x to help my situation.

      I'm two yrs post diagnosis and fifteen months of...

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      You have to be stubborn. There are days you can't do it. Try to regain your thinking, your joy, and life by not thinking about cancer. It need not be the shadow.

      Flip the conversation and say. I choose to do x to help my situation.

      I'm two yrs post diagnosis and fifteen months of treatments and I'm just now getting to spring cleaning from that period of household neglect.

      Do what makes you feel more confident and more in control. I can control clutter.

      Best with your thoughts. I don't think you have to naive to move forward either.

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    I have always had cysts and had an one aspirated in 1992 which turned out to be nothing. I have my mammograms done faithfully every year. This year, however, I was called back by my doctor to schedule an ultrasoud due to denisity. The ultrasound showed

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Dense breast tissue unfortunately can hide tumors. My only suggestion is knowing what I know now, I would ask for a sy and not wait the six months. I pretty much had the same thing you are going through. I also had all the mammograms, a did my self checks. I found a lump that felt like...

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      Dense breast tissue unfortunately can hide tumors. My only suggestion is knowing what I know now, I would ask for a sy and not wait the six months. I pretty much had the same thing you are going through. I also had all the mammograms, a did my self checks. I found a lump that felt like cauliflower. Under my skin. I went through treatment and am healthy eight years later. Hang in there and hope you don't join this club. So many of these things are absolutely nothing cancerous. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You should discuss the report with your doctor as she/hewould be able to give you some answers. We aren't Drs. and could only guess, at least I would be guessing as I used to do mammograms.

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    i have a lump on my armpit

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Check it out with a family doc or clinic.

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    Wish I had someone to talk too after all chemo and treatments i find myself falling out of love with my husband after all he has helped me thru this. Wish I felt understood .

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    Patient
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Is there a breast cancer support group in your area? Also some areas have an organization called "Reach to Recovery" made up of others who have gone through your journey.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You sound like you are suffering from depression which us not surprising given the physical and emotional toll your body undoubtedly took during treatment. Don't do anything rash or make decisions in your current state of mind but concentrate on healing and finding a spiritual or professional...

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      You sound like you are suffering from depression which us not surprising given the physical and emotional toll your body undoubtedly took during treatment. Don't do anything rash or make decisions in your current state of mind but concentrate on healing and finding a spiritual or professional counselor where you can unburden yourself without feeling disloyal to your husband.

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    I still get pain in my breast and shoulder following lumpectomy and sentinel node removal. How long does it last as it's been almost 2 months since surgery? Also, it pains worse when I get stressed. Any help for this?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • Mary Navarro Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had my lumpectomy 11 months ago, chemo was 7 months ago and radiation 5 months ago. I still was pain on my lumpectomy and a little bit of pulling from the inside. My oncologist said that it's the nodes. I also feel also of numbness in the area. I'm scared of my next mammogram and the pain.

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    • jane sirett Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had the same lumpectomy and node removed last July and done chemo and radiation finished treatment 2 months ago and I still get a stabbing pain like a knife going through, it only last a couple of seconds, but was told by Doctors quite a few people get it. But you should tell your Doctors so...

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      I had the same lumpectomy and node removed last July and done chemo and radiation finished treatment 2 months ago and I still get a stabbing pain like a knife going through, it only last a couple of seconds, but was told by Doctors quite a few people get it. But you should tell your Doctors so they can keep a eye on your Breast and healing. All the best

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  • jazmin Dickens Profile

    How can I help my mom ? She gets the shot to make her white cells boost to help fight the cancer when all in seeing is it hurting her ... Please comment

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

      I'm assuming it's a Neulasta shot. In some women it's my understanding it can cause "bone pain". My place recommended Claritan but her place may not want her taking that. They need to be informed of her pain and tell her what is safe to take.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Jasmin , I know it's very hard to watch your Mum in pain .. But sometimes we have to cruel to be kind to ourselves!!... Even through the needle hurts and the after effects are uncomfortable she needs to do this so it improves her health and help fight the Cancer .. You can help by giving her...

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      Jasmin , I know it's very hard to watch your Mum in pain .. But sometimes we have to cruel to be kind to ourselves!!... Even through the needle hurts and the after effects are uncomfortable she needs to do this so it improves her health and help fight the Cancer .. You can help by giving her cold / hot drinks and maybe prepare some food for her ... I know that's sounds so useless but I can assure you its a Huge help ... Be brave and strong for her cause I promise you it will get better :)))). Thank you for caring for her :))

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    After my first two chemo rounds, I had a period for twelve days. Now after my third round I had no period and a few hot flashes. Has anyone else experienced this? Did your period return after chemo?

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    stage_1 Patient
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Mine have been on/off since I started treatment. Doc said it could go either way. Had one at start of chemo then didn't see it again until after I was done with radiation. Then I started Tamoxifen and have had 1 in the last 3 months. Wish it would make up its mind!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Didn't have any during treatment but came roaring back about six months after.

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    made it thru 4 rounds of AC will start Taxol on Tuesday for 12 rounds any advice

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One of my "chemo buddies" during my first infusion mentioned using Glutamine 3x/day and vitamin B6 1x/day for neuropathy. The infusion nurse confirmed it but I never had that kind of problem but bought a small container/bottle of each in case I did.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I found Taxol treatment very hard as it seemed to get worse after each dose... I had no trouble with my fingers or toes but put on heaps of water weight .. I hope very much you have no problems , but with me it's been a year now and I know it was worth while and every side effect was to a great...

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      I found Taxol treatment very hard as it seemed to get worse after each dose... I had no trouble with my fingers or toes but put on heaps of water weight .. I hope very much you have no problems , but with me it's been a year now and I know it was worth while and every side effect was to a great and better life for me ....Good luck ::)))

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  • Doreen Escovedo Profile

    Does anyone take anything for runny noses during chemo my nose never stops running

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    stage_2a Patient
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'd talk with my team about it as some things they probably don't want you using.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Chemo interferes with all your soft tissues my nose dripped on taxotare the most. also as you proceed you may not have nose hairs to keep even a bit of moisture where it should be. It' is likely to be a typical result. It will stop afterwards.
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      I had a droopy nose and weeping...

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      Chemo interferes with all your soft tissues my nose dripped on taxotare the most. also as you proceed you may not have nose hairs to keep even a bit of moisture where it should be. It' is likely to be a typical result. It will stop afterwards.
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      I had a droopy nose and weeping eyes before I was done.
      Best

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    Found a painful lump behind left nipple. I do NOT do self exam or clinical exams bc they trigger me. If it is painful, it is not generally cancer, right?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My breast cancer was painful. I found my breast cancer because of a self exam. It is scary to get exams, mammograms, self exams but they save lives. SPlease get to your doctor and get this checked . Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by their doctor as some testing may be needed. A monthly self exam is essential and an exam by a doctor once a year as early detection is key (I'm not saying your's is cancer as I'm not a doctor). Please call on Monday and make an appointment with...

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      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by their doctor as some testing may be needed. A monthly self exam is essential and an exam by a doctor once a year as early detection is key (I'm not saying your's is cancer as I'm not a doctor). Please call on Monday and make an appointment with your regular doctor or your Gyn. I got thinking, how was your lump found if you don't do exams?

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  • j dee Profile

    Has anyone decided not to have radiation and just do the tamoxifen? I am stage 1, under 1 cm cancer, but had lumpectomy and sentinel node.

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      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I was also diagnosed with Stage 1, and my doctor informed that I'd need a lumpectomy, sentinel node removal and radiation. Once my OncoType test returned, I was in the middle category. I didn't have to get chemo, but that would decrease my chances of recurrence so I opted to have it. I'm going...

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      I was also diagnosed with Stage 1, and my doctor informed that I'd need a lumpectomy, sentinel node removal and radiation. Once my OncoType test returned, I was in the middle category. I didn't have to get chemo, but that would decrease my chances of recurrence so I opted to have it. I'm going through chemo now because I want to do everything possible to reduce the chance of the cancer returning. Once is too many. I encourage you to seek a second opinion, do your own research, listen to others who have been through a similar decision, if you're spiritual, pray on it, then make the choice that's best for you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Why would you even think about throwing away your chance of doing everything you could to keep from having a recurrence? You are treating this like it is no big deal. I am sure there are other women who have chosen not to follow a treatment plan. I think you probably aren't going to find...

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      Why would you even think about throwing away your chance of doing everything you could to keep from having a recurrence? You are treating this like it is no big deal. I am sure there are other women who have chosen not to follow a treatment plan. I think you probably aren't going to find a lot of support here for your proposal. I hope you can find the courage to drop this idiotic idea not to do what will give you the best chance to live your life without a recurrence of breast cancer. I hate when breast cancer wins.

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  • Gillian Ashworth Profile

    Does anyone suffer with a lot of bone aches with tamoxifen? Any advice on how you manage them?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Norma  Cook Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Gillian: All my doctors have told me that most of the side-effects of Tamoxifen diminish with time. "Bone pain" doesn't really describe my experience, but I'm sure your doctor could recommend something to help.

      At first I was bothered by leg cramps whenever I shifted around to climb out...

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      Hi Gillian: All my doctors have told me that most of the side-effects of Tamoxifen diminish with time. "Bone pain" doesn't really describe my experience, but I'm sure your doctor could recommend something to help.

      At first I was bothered by leg cramps whenever I shifted around to climb out of bed, but those seem to be gone. My right hip aches a lot, probably from lack of exercise over this long, cold Canadian winter. The surgeon who did my lumpectomy and sentinel node removal wanted me to follow up with her about the results of my recent mammogram and also have a breast exam. She entered the room to find me fluttering the hem of my gown and fanning my face with a Readers' Digest due to a hot flash. "It looks like the Tamoxifen is working", she said with a grin.

      One of the "official" breast cancer sites--not sure if it was Canadian, American or British--made reference to a study that showed patients who experienced more side effects with Tamoxifen had fewer incidents of breast cancer recurrence. One can only hope!

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      anonymous
      Patient

      Yes aches in the beginning but they wareoff like the other symptoms hang it in there it will fade just give everything time . Don't stress :) also more I move around less I ache ! Strange! Still get very stiff when I sit for too long only 37.. Lol

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    I am 46 going thru my second chemo , had been diagnosed on Christmas day with breast cancer niw i am trying to get answers what best use nulasta or Nupegen? I did not use after first time my chemo my white blood fell 0.11 was very bad.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had A nuelasta shot after each infusion during my first chemo regimen and after I was on ixempra. It's convenient because you can inject yourself at home. I don't know anything about the other drug you mentioned but if taking it requires an extra trip that would be something to consider.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had Neulasta. I don't think it's for you to --choose-- but to discuss with your doctor which one is the best for you. Just because one drug works for one woman, it may not for you. Treatment is very individual. One size does not fit all, especially in cancer treatment.

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    I did my mammogram and then I do ultrasound now she's telling me that I have cancer and I need to do a biopsy at one point 1.3 centimeters I am so scared

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I went through something similar to you except my tumor was 2.3cm. You won't know this, truly, is cancer until the biopsy comes back. Even with this very scary statement your doctor made, this is considered small. The treatment available to deal with breast cancer has come a long, long, way. ...

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      I went through something similar to you except my tumor was 2.3cm. You won't know this, truly, is cancer until the biopsy comes back. Even with this very scary statement your doctor made, this is considered small. The treatment available to deal with breast cancer has come a long, long, way. Breast cancer is not the killer that it once was. The vast majority of wormen go through treatment and carry on with their long lives. No doubt about it, those two words, "breast cancer" strike fear to our very souls. Right now, nobody knows if this is truly breast cancer but if it is, there is plenty of help and support for you if you have to go through treatment. Do NOT plan to die, but plan to LIVE. I had treatment 8 years ago. I survived quite nicely, and am living a wonderful life. You will do the same if this turns out to be cancer. Be thankful, this was found early and if you need us, we are here for you. Hang in there, we all know what you are going through and it is scary. Take care, Sharon

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The biopsy helps you decide what to do next. It tells you more about the kind of BC you have. It' is necessary for considering treatment

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    I'm starting Taxol on Friday, do I have to eat ice chips like I did during AC? Seeing ice or even thinking of ice now makes me gag, literally!!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was never told to suck on ice chips but then I didn't have Taxol. The last time I had any which wasn't much was the afternoon of my mastectomy. I wasn't feeling really good so the ice chips weren't touched but perhaps I should have as I was getting thirsty since I had been fasting for...

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      I was never told to suck on ice chips but then I didn't have Taxol. The last time I had any which wasn't much was the afternoon of my mastectomy. I wasn't feeling really good so the ice chips weren't touched but perhaps I should have as I was getting thirsty since I had been fasting for 18+hours at that point and of course IV fluids don't quell one's thirst.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Popsicle are an option

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    I have been diagnosed with stage 2 Lobular Carcinoma - have already had lumpectomy and had a second operation to get more clear margins - any suggestion on double mastectomy or just take out my left breast and reconstructing it? any advice

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would ask what are the chances of having a recurrence in the other breast. When I was at the surgery stage, I asked about a double mastectomy. My oncologist and surgeon said with my type of breast cancer occurences, unfortunately, happen in organs.... lung, liver, brain, or bones. Armed with...

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      I would ask what are the chances of having a recurrence in the other breast. When I was at the surgery stage, I asked about a double mastectomy. My oncologist and surgeon said with my type of breast cancer occurences, unfortunately, happen in organs.... lung, liver, brain, or bones. Armed with that information, I just had a single mastectomy.

      What are the chances for Lobular to occur in the other breast? Something to ask and if they can't get clear marginns, depending on their answer, have a double mastectomy.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      PS.... I am 8 years out with no recurrence. Sharon

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    Prior to each chemo session, my oncologist required blood work. It was not requested to have prior to my last session though. Have others experienced that?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I would say that is unusual. Did you ask WHY they didn't take blood? You have to be on top of your own health care and mention anything that seems out of the ordinary. When in doubt QUESTION....loudly. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Thanks Everyone! I took your advice, and my doctor ordered blood work. I believe it was an oversight. Want to reiterate how impactful and supportive this group is. We didn't ask or volunteer to be a part of this group (BC Club) but we are making the best of it! You're awesome!

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