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    I have been diagnosed with a new cancer in march. I had surgery on Friday. I am overwhelmed and crying a lot. This is mt third time dealing with breast cancer. Any support or ideas are welcome

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 9 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm sorry you are going through this for the 3rd time. I just believe in living one day at a time and thank God for everyone he has given me thus far.

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  • Maureen french Profile

    Any HER2 Stage 2 invasive on here? Wondering what your treatment plan looks like.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatment plans are made for you and you only. It sounds (if I'm reading your post correctly) you are triple positive so that may change things too. Read all you can about your situation and ask your doctor(s) questions to clarify it for you. You will be...

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      Everyone's cancer is unique to them so treatment plans are made for you and you only. It sounds (if I'm reading your post correctly) you are triple positive so that may change things too. Read all you can about your situation and ask your doctor(s) questions to clarify it for you. You will be OK.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm HER2 , stage 2a IDC. Just finished 6 TCHP. I have unilateral mastectomy in 3 weeks.

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  • Laura Davenport Profile

    Am just wondering if anyone knows how long after a mastectomy you'd have to wait for a large tattoo to be done to cover the scar. Am thinking 9-12 months after treatment but wondered if anyone has had this done. TIA

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    8 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would think you need to talk with your doctor(s) regarding a time-frame. I had a unilateral mastectomy 4+ years ago and my scar has never really been noticeable.

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    • Beth Marlow Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am 5 years out with no scar- I used lotion all the time and no scars!

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  • dav villa Profile

    does the stump of a nipple left still cause arousal

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Did you have nipple sparing surgery? When my surgery was done the entire nipple was removed.

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  • Christina  Murray  Profile

    Is it normal to be tired 6 days after the first chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    12 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's body handles chemo. differently. I had 4 cycles and at times I was more tired than others so made sure I got as much sleep as I felt my body needed. It's not time to go out and run a marathon, take it easy, and you'll be OK.

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    • Sahar Webb Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2016

      I don't know what your first dose was. For my friend it was adriamycin and cytoxin. Because of the steroids, she was zooming the first night after treatment. The afternoon of the treatment, she felt fine! After sitting in the infusion chair for so long, she was ready to shop and go out to dinner...

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      I don't know what your first dose was. For my friend it was adriamycin and cytoxin. Because of the steroids, she was zooming the first night after treatment. The afternoon of the treatment, she felt fine! After sitting in the infusion chair for so long, she was ready to shop and go out to dinner (she lived in a very rural area 1 1/2 hours from her treatment center), and drive the long drive home. That was Wednesday. On Friday, she would get Neulasta shot and begin to feel a little crummy. Saturday and Sunday she was down for the count and slept or listened to meditation tapes for a good portion of the time. By Monday, she was feeling quite a bit better and was back at work! she would feel fine for the next week and a half until it was time to do it all over again. Taking the anti-nausea meds, hydration, keeping busy, and following everything your oncologist tells you to do really helps in getting through chemo.
      https://fightcancerwithbeauty.com/25-skin-care-for-cancer-patients

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  • Gina Howard Profile

    I have a rash under my breast with pus coming out. Could this be cancer

    Asked by anonymous

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

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

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  • Donabel Dellosa Profile

    Anyone who experienced bone pain while on herceptin therapy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    16 days 2 answers
    • Jill M. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      Yes, it definitely caused bone pain - it was mostly in the beginning of the treatment. It got better as time went by - I was on treatment for a year.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It seems I read some where that Herceptin can cause bone pain. Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it and see if there is something you can take to help with it.

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  • Jill Brown Profile

    Constipation from zoladex

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    16 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to ask your doctor(s) on what to take as some things may not be good for use with chemo. I would say and I'm not a doctor one must keep themselves hydrated partly for that reason.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    My Mediport malfunctioned and now I need a pick line anybody have this issue

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    16 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I answered your question on your previous post. I wouldn't have been able to have a PICC line as I'm allergic to adhesives and know I would have been miserable so glad mine worked and still does as I elected to leave it in after chemo., has come in handy for my colonoscopy meds. and access for...

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      I answered your question on your previous post. I wouldn't have been able to have a PICC line as I'm allergic to adhesives and know I would have been miserable so glad mine worked and still does as I elected to leave it in after chemo., has come in handy for my colonoscopy meds. and access for surgeries+blood draws at certain places. I'm sorry to hear yours failed but they checked mine before I left the procedure room even though I had an IV line in my arm.

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  • Stacey Blumberg Profile

    I have cording from my axillary LN incision down my forearm, and it is creating a lot of discomfort. I start PT today. Has anyone had this and do you know how long it typically takes to resolve?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I had some mild cording in my axilla post mastectomy and lymph node dissection. I was sent to an OT who specializes in such things. She had me scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks and did some exercises and massaging of the area and showed me what to do at home. I ended up only needing 3- 4...

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      I had some mild cording in my axilla post mastectomy and lymph node dissection. I was sent to an OT who specializes in such things. She had me scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks and did some exercises and massaging of the area and showed me what to do at home. I ended up only needing 3- 4 weeks and haven't had any issues since and mine was only in my axilla not down my arm. Not all PTs know what is needed and that's why I was sent to an OT.

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    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      I had cording . Saw PT that specialized in it. She broke most of it up in one visit, but I still felt it week later and went back. Gone after 2 sessions. She also taught me how to do lymph drainage.

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    I was just dianosed with ILC that has spread to several lymp nodes. My MD is now wanting me to have chemo first prior to surgery. I am feeling so confused and frustrated right now. Anyone else out there that has gone through somethign similar?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      My Oncologist wanted me to have some chemo. prior to surgery but the Surgeon nixed it. They usually order it (I think) to try and shrink the tumor so perhaps a lumpectomy can be done and not a mastectomy (at least that's my understanding). If you're unsure, seek another opinion and see what...

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      My Oncologist wanted me to have some chemo. prior to surgery but the Surgeon nixed it. They usually order it (I think) to try and shrink the tumor so perhaps a lumpectomy can be done and not a mastectomy (at least that's my understanding). If you're unsure, seek another opinion and see what someone else recommends.

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    • jeanette martin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have Idc stage 3. My doctor wanted my cancer hit with 6 rounds of chemo first. The cancer was large and into my chest muscles, plus a number of nodes were involved. I knew I would have a bilateral mastectomy when the chemo was done. The tumor shrunk so much it could no longer be felt, and it...

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      I have Idc stage 3. My doctor wanted my cancer hit with 6 rounds of chemo first. The cancer was large and into my chest muscles, plus a number of nodes were involved. I knew I would have a bilateral mastectomy when the chemo was done. The tumor shrunk so much it could no longer be felt, and it started out bigger than a golf ball. After the chemo I had the mastectomy, which the doctors were pleased with. There were a few small areas that were then included in the 6 weeks of radiation I had. If I had my surgery first, they would have done much more deep cutting, with poorer results. A second opinion never hurts, but these cancer teams are on the ball and seem to know their business. Good luck over the next year, it will be difficult, but you can do it. Surround yourself by a possitive support team.

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    Has anyone used toremifene for hormone receptor – positive breast cancer? I was taking tamoxifen and my doctor switched me. Just wondering if anybody can provide some feedback? Thanks!!

    Asked by anonymous

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

      It must be something new as I've never heard of it and I'm not a doctor. Tamoxifen is generally given to women who haven't gone through menopause. I'd ask my doctor why the switch.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I tried a couple of hormone stoping meds !!! I finally found one that suited me and my body .
      Don't be afraid to try something new ...
      not all meds suits all types of conditions and bodies !!
      Trust your doctor. Don't be afraid to ask questions of them ..
      it's your body and you have the...

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      I tried a couple of hormone stoping meds !!! I finally found one that suited me and my body .
      Don't be afraid to try something new ...
      not all meds suits all types of conditions and bodies !!
      Trust your doctor. Don't be afraid to ask questions of them ..
      it's your body and you have the finally say , about what meds you take .... good luck 🌷

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  • Latasha Love Profile

    My cycle stop and now since I started taxol on my third treatment my cycle return and it's heavy! Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      You should discuss it with your doctor(s) as other things may need to be checked.

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  • Donabel Dellosa Profile

    Hi anyone knows if it safe to use hair color for breast cancer patients... she is still on herceptin...

    Asked by anonymous

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

      That sounds like something she needs to ask her doctor. I remember when I went to a place for my first hair trim I asked her to wax my face also. She was a little leery since I was still doing rads. but my doctor saw no problem with it.

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  • tanya clamon Profile

    Has anyone had DIEP flap reconstruction? I'm afraid to do it I hear and read so much about infection and recovery being so bad. Please help. I have only two choice the flap or no reconstruction.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    22 days 2 answers
    • Mary G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hi Tanya, I had a combination of the TRAM and the DIEP. I had a single mastectomy on the left side in the Fall of 2013, breast was reconstructed in Fall of 2014. I was a bit nervous about the process as well but felt very confident with my plastic surgeon. I had a fairly easy time with the...

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      Hi Tanya, I had a combination of the TRAM and the DIEP. I had a single mastectomy on the left side in the Fall of 2013, breast was reconstructed in Fall of 2014. I was a bit nervous about the process as well but felt very confident with my plastic surgeon. I had a fairly easy time with the procedure. It's not easy but you can do it. My surgery was on Monday am and by Wednesday afternoon I was asking for monitors and such to be removed and decreased pain meds to only oral. I was ready to go home the next day but my surgeon made me wait an extra day. Did you have drains with any prior surgery...that is an uncomfortable part of the process as you go home with those. The pain and discomfort was manageable and I was very happy with the results. I had only one breast done and the "healthy" breast was lifted to match about 8 months later. I am 2 1/2 years out from my reconstruction and can say that it was a good decision for me but every journey is different. Educate your self on the procedure, ask as many questions you can about your concerns and get a second opinion if you think it might help. Whatever you decide will be best for you. Best wishes for a calm and peaceful healing. Mary

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    • Dee Eppard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      a friend of mine had it done was painful but she was really happy with the breast but one possible side effect is almost like a bulging in the abdomen almost like you think you would have a hernia that's the only thing she was bothered by. I had the latissimus dorsi flap where they take the skin...

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      a friend of mine had it done was painful but she was really happy with the breast but one possible side effect is almost like a bulging in the abdomen almost like you think you would have a hernia that's the only thing she was bothered by. I had the latissimus dorsi flap where they take the skin and tissue and muscle from your back and move it around to the front, that was my only choice I didn't want to be cut from hip to hip with the diep flap.

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  • Christine Nichols Profile

    The oncologist says it is "looking like stage 2", so do they ever find, after the CT and MRi that it is a more advanced stage?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2a Patient
    22 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As far as I know and I'm not a doctor the stage can only be determined by a Pathologist but there are some factors that may be leading him to say "stage 2". I recall the size of the area being one. I had an area they staged as a 3 and a second area was staged 2 but my Oncologist had the...

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      As far as I know and I'm not a doctor the stage can only be determined by a Pathologist but there are some factors that may be leading him to say "stage 2". I recall the size of the area being one. I had an area they staged as a 3 and a second area was staged 2 but my Oncologist had the Pathologist look at the 2nd area again and it was then staged a 1. There are some excellent videos on this site that has one on staging.

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    • Christine Nichols Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      She was reading the pathology report for the 1st biopsy. Though I cried still, I had some relief because I was thinking the worse.

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    I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Surgery to clear margins came back clear of invasive cancer but says the margins are positive for dcis. The original margins didn't have dcis. I am confused. Anyone ever hear of this? Now what?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I had 2 areas right next to each other that when 1 was biopsied showed IDC and I was watching the U/S monitor and he actually captured a small area with one of his passes of the other area that showed DCIS. On surgical specimen after my mastectomy it actually showed a 2nd area of IDC and an area...

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      I had 2 areas right next to each other that when 1 was biopsied showed IDC and I was watching the U/S monitor and he actually captured a small area with one of his passes of the other area that showed DCIS. On surgical specimen after my mastectomy it actually showed a 2nd area of IDC and an area of LCIS. So in my opinion yes it's possible.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    The Mediport is in and I'm ready to begin chemo AC followed by T

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    22 days 2 answers
    • Mary G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Best wishes to you for a safe and calm experience with chemo. I had the same regimen almost 4 years ago. Follow the Docs instructions to avoid side effects, get plenty of rest and eat when/if you can. Try to stay hydrated, eat small meals or snacks if your tummy gets upset. Conserve your...

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      Best wishes to you for a safe and calm experience with chemo. I had the same regimen almost 4 years ago. Follow the Docs instructions to avoid side effects, get plenty of rest and eat when/if you can. Try to stay hydrated, eat small meals or snacks if your tummy gets upset. Conserve your energy for the most important tasks of the day (taking a shower, cooking a meal, etc..). I hope you have a good support system. I loved my oncologist and her team and felt very comfortable with the entire process. It will get daunting but stay strong and keep fighting.

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    • kerrie wilson Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3c Patient

      My first chemo did not take. My mediport does not work. Got salene and steroids and nausea meds in me. But zero chemo. Getting a STAT dye job now. But no chemo today only a tiny bit got in. Believed to be in atriam not vein. Legs hurt and cold inside. Anyone else have a painful mediport that does...

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      My first chemo did not take. My mediport does not work. Got salene and steroids and nausea meds in me. But zero chemo. Getting a STAT dye job now. But no chemo today only a tiny bit got in. Believed to be in atriam not vein. Legs hurt and cold inside. Anyone else have a painful mediport that does not work and got a pic line instead.

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    My doctor made me take my wig off during pre-radiation appt...anyone else? Should I ask if I can wear my little hat? Nobody told me I couldn't wear it before and when I was on the cat scan table I had to take it off...caught me off guard.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Did you ask him why? I wore a cap the entire time I was doing rads. as my hair was just starting to return. I took it off during treatments as it wasn't comfortable with it on the way my head had to be positioned but then it was a ball cap but I was never asked to remove it.

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    • Jen C Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you, I 'm going to take my cap with me! I was too shocked to ask why then but he said it was to get the correct mold for the radiation..I understand that but I just wish I had been told so I knew. I lost my hair, I'm OK with that but to whip off my wig in front of strangers felt...

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      Thank you, I 'm going to take my cap with me! I was too shocked to ask why then but he said it was to get the correct mold for the radiation..I understand that but I just wish I had been told so I knew. I lost my hair, I'm OK with that but to whip off my wig in front of strangers felt odd...better get used to it huh? LOL

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  • Cheryl Tanneberger Profile

    I have three margins to clear after my lumpectomy he tried to clean it out twice while he was in there originally anyone have experience with that trying to decide whether to just go out and have a mastectomy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    24 days 3 answers
    • SAm  White Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had lumpectomy 2012 & 2nd surgery 2 clear margins a week later. 2014 cancer found again in different area I ended up having double mastectomy with reconstruction. 5 surgeries in 2 years. Looking back I should have had mastectomy from beginning

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I opted for a mastectomy from the start and my Surgeon told me that was my best option. I found out also she said I would have been disfigured with a lumpectomy scar due to size of 2 areas next to each other. She told me because of that she didn't feel comfortable if she could get everything,...

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      I opted for a mastectomy from the start and my Surgeon told me that was my best option. I found out also she said I would have been disfigured with a lumpectomy scar due to size of 2 areas next to each other. She told me because of that she didn't feel comfortable if she could get everything, clean margins, and leaving me much tissue. I didn't regret my decision. One must do what they feel the most comfortable with.

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    Were anyone with nodularity in breast that is growing turn out to be breastcancer? After 2months it has grown,should I hve it biopsied or wait for 6months? 38years old

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    24 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Have that biopsy ASAP. I had a suspicious mammogram in 2012 & my Dr said come back in 6 months. The technician pulled me 2 the side as I was leaving & said it's probably nothing but why wait 6 months if your insurance will pay 4 it now. I took her advice & thank GOD I did. Following week I had...

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      Have that biopsy ASAP. I had a suspicious mammogram in 2012 & my Dr said come back in 6 months. The technician pulled me 2 the side as I was leaving & said it's probably nothing but why wait 6 months if your insurance will pay 4 it now. I took her advice & thank GOD I did. Following week I had biopsy & 1 month after I was having surgery because it turned out to be cancer. I thank that tech 5 yrs later for her words of wisdom

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by their doctor as some testing may be in order. I assume the nodularity was something seen on your mammogram and they recommended a 6 month followup? I used to do mammograms so am asking from that standpoint and not as a doctor.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    How do people pay their bills

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    26 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Thankfully I had good insurance and by the time I had 2 biopsies, seen specialists, surgery, and with my medi port install met my deductible and my out of pocket expenses my chemo. and rads. were paid at the amount my insurance would pay and I owed nothing more for that year including Drs'...

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      Thankfully I had good insurance and by the time I had 2 biopsies, seen specialists, surgery, and with my medi port install met my deductible and my out of pocket expenses my chemo. and rads. were paid at the amount my insurance would pay and I owed nothing more for that year including Drs' appointments. I actually got a refund check about 1 1/2 years later as the hospital resubmitted my charges for the surgery and stay for a lesser amount. Do you have insurance as it should pay some of it at least?

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    • SAm  White Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Insurance. If you don't have try 3 get Medicaid or call cancer society

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    Surviving stage III cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    25 days 1 answer
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Yes I'm surviving Stage 3b. This Oct it will 4 yrs since I had my double mast !!
      🎉
      While I have had lots of issues with my cancer and other pas cancer stuff with my Heath!!

      I'm doin good !! Back working full time .. no reconstruction loving having no big heavy boobs !!

      So don't worry...

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      Yes I'm surviving Stage 3b. This Oct it will 4 yrs since I had my double mast !!
      🎉
      While I have had lots of issues with my cancer and other pas cancer stuff with my Heath!!

      I'm doin good !! Back working full time .. no reconstruction loving having no big heavy boobs !!

      So don't worry there is a great wonderful long full happy life After stage 3 cancer !!

      Good luck. You can do this 🌷🌷

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    Having aches from radiation is this a normal all the time?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Aches, where? I never had any aches just some tenderness especially in my axilla due to the rubbing of tissues.

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