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  • Cindy Taylor Profile

    Hello everyone! I've been recently diagnosed with stage 2 no mo TNBC. I've had an MRI that came back clear and am set for PET scan in few days. My oncologist is starting me on chemo in couple of weeks. Ladies I need your encouragement.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Take it one day at a time and you will be OK, I'm sure.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      Hi Cindy! Sorry you are joining the TNBC club. What kind of chemo are you getting and how often? I have 6 more treatments. Great days, good days, and not so good days ahead......but all doable!! Surround yourself with positive friends, good music, get out and enjoy nature. You can do this,...

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      Hi Cindy! Sorry you are joining the TNBC club. What kind of chemo are you getting and how often? I have 6 more treatments. Great days, good days, and not so good days ahead......but all doable!! Surround yourself with positive friends, good music, get out and enjoy nature. You can do this, really!! Are you getting a port? Nancy

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  • Amanda Pilbeam Profile

    Has anyone had a portacath implant for chemo? What is it like to have implanted.........does it hurt after..........does it hurt when they access it to use it?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YES! Just as Sharon Doria described.... It makes infusions and blood draws so much easier. Your veins really take a beating if you DON'T have one. I had one put in and went right over and had my first infusion. It was a surgical procedure and I was asleep so it was very, very, easy. I had no...

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      YES! Just as Sharon Doria described.... It makes infusions and blood draws so much easier. Your veins really take a beating if you DON'T have one. I had one put in and went right over and had my first infusion. It was a surgical procedure and I was asleep so it was very, very, easy. I had no pain from mine and if not for the little bump, wouldn't have known it was there. When it was accessed, they used a numbing cream but compared to the entire breast cancer experience, this is, truly, nothing.
      When it's time for yours to be removed, it is just an office procedure. They numb the area, and just take it out. I was celebrating the end of chemotherapy treatment.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had one put in under conscious sedation and it was a God-send then and now. I elected to leave mine in, has been 3 1/2+ years. I go in every 6 weeks and have it accessed and flushed with Heparin to keep it patent. It has been used for lab work and sedation for my colonoscopy and 2 carpal...

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      I had one put in under conscious sedation and it was a God-send then and now. I elected to leave mine in, has been 3 1/2+ years. I go in every 6 weeks and have it accessed and flushed with Heparin to keep it patent. It has been used for lab work and sedation for my colonoscopy and 2 carpal tunnel surgeries. I have never used any kind of numbing cream or spray, feels a little strange but it's just like a needle stick for lab work but goes into the port rather than a vein. I was so thankful my Oncologist recommended it, my Surgeon doesn't do them so an Interventional Radiologist did it.

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Has anyone take green super food I bought to start using andI. And turmeric

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

      Anytime you add something, be sure you ask your oncologist. I have been taking turmeric for a long time but started after having been through treatment. Eat a Mediterranean diet.
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I take turmeric and have been for years, helps with inflammation for sure.

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  • Marcia Torbett Profile

    How long after chemotherapy have some of you stayed in a "chemo fog"? I've been finished for seven months now and still feeling like I can't concentrate or focus or think straight many times during the day. Very difficult to work…

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I too am one of the lucky ones to not suffer from "chemo brain". Have you discussed it with your doctor?

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    • Debbie Finke Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My last chemo was 12/24/15 and I had chemo brain. My oncologist said it can take up to a year to clear up depending on the severity. Fortunately, most of mine cleared up by August 2016.

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    I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, early stages. I had a lumpectomy. They said the margins were clear and there was not any lymph node involment . Should i still have radiation and cheno therapy. I am 61 years old..

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer has a different makeup so treatment is individualized for each person. I have a high school classmate diagnosed with TNBC; she had a bilateral mastectomy (her choice) and did some chemo. but didn't require any radiation. Your team will come up with a plan just for you.

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    • Marcia Torbett Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also had triple negative breast cancer that was diagnosed very early and only had to have a lumpectomy I went through the chemo and the radiation just to be certain and I did great! I am cancer free today! It's just not as bad as it used to be in my opinion… Chemo wasn't fun but wasn't as bad...

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      I also had triple negative breast cancer that was diagnosed very early and only had to have a lumpectomy I went through the chemo and the radiation just to be certain and I did great! I am cancer free today! It's just not as bad as it used to be in my opinion… Chemo wasn't fun but wasn't as bad as I thought. As the others said, though, this is a decision you and your doctors will need to make.

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  • anderia kuch Profile

    Should fibroadenoma's be removed

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

      Anderia,
      I just found some information on The American Cancer Society site which was very informative. Here is the link. First and foremost, consult your doctor about anything that is not normal for you. If in doubt, get a second opinion.
      Take care,...

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      Anderia,
      I just found some information on The American Cancer Society site which was very informative. Here is the link. First and foremost, consult your doctor about anything that is not normal for you. If in doubt, get a second opinion.
      Take care, Sharon
      http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/non-cancerousbreastconditions/non-cancerous-breast-conditions-fibroadenomas

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies...

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      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies to use it. Pathology did confirm it to be just that but she gloated on it for a long time. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what they recommend.

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  • Princess Shannon Profile

    Oncatype DX test

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

      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were...

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      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were you, I would try to find out every bit of information I could. As for your decision after your onco test returns, if it happens to come back in a --grey-- area, I would not roll-the-dice and give up on chemotherapy. The lousy thing about breast cancer is the fact that sometimes women, even after doing every treatment recommended, it can come back. Chemotherapy isn't fun but you can rest assured, you have done all you can to treat this disease. If your test comes back in a questionable level, go for the chemo. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years...

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      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years ago so don't know if it's more than that now or not.

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Tube drains hurt really bad

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know...

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      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know how you are doing. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about...

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      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about the pain you are having?

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    How soon after chemo and surgery can one have a Reoccurrence ?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One would pray not at all but it's my understanding it can occur at any time.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more....

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      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more. If you do have a recurrence, you will deal with it. Chances are, you won't. It is much better for you, in the long run, to focus on a glass half full, rather than half empty. I am at 9 years.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Christine Marie Profile

    I have lupus and TNBC. I'm extremely medication sensitive and have to get chemo. Dr. recommends CMF with less side effects. Any lupus/TNBC survivors to weigh in?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      IS GOOD TO SHARE GOOD THING SO THAT PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT FROM IT. THANKS TO DR OLUWA FOR PUTTING AND END TO MY BREAST CANCER AND HERPES VIRUS, WITHIN FIVE DAYS MY NAME IS ROSE BROWN, AM FROM UNITED KINGDOM OF. IT ALL HAPPEN ONE DAY WHEN MY MEDICAL DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I HAVE HSV 1, I THOUGHT IT...

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      IS GOOD TO SHARE GOOD THING SO THAT PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT FROM IT. THANKS TO DR OLUWA FOR PUTTING AND END TO MY BREAST CANCER AND HERPES VIRUS, WITHIN FIVE DAYS MY NAME IS ROSE BROWN, AM FROM UNITED KINGDOM OF. IT ALL HAPPEN ONE DAY WHEN MY MEDICAL DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I HAVE HSV 1, I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE, I IGNORE IT AND KEEP ON LIVING WITH IT, BEFORE I KNOW IT I STARTED DEVELOPING PUS ON MY BODY, MOUTH AND PRIVATE PART, FEEL WEEK ANYTIME AM WORKING, I HAVE NO OPTION THAN TO CONTACT MY MEDICAL DOCTOR AGAIN, HE TOLD ME THAT THE VIRUS HAS DEVELOPED TO HSV 2, AT THIS POINT OF TIME I WAS TOTALLY CONFUSE TO THE EXTENT THAT I ALMOST TOOK MY LIFE BECAUSE I WAS USELESS TO EVERYBODY AROUND ME. I WAS SURPRISE WHEN MY MEDICAL DOCTOR TOLD ME NOT TO GET WORRIED THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE HERBAL DR CALLED DR SAM WHO CAN CURE IT THAT HE HAS CURE MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE THAT HAS THE SAME VIRUS AND HE WAS THE ONE THAT REFERS THEM TO HIM AND THEY ARE TOTALLY FREE FROM THE VIRUS, THEN I WAS A LITTLE BIT ENCOURAGE BECAUSE THE ADVICE CAME FROM MY MEDICAL DOCTOR, SO I HAVE NO OPTION THAN TO CONTACT DR SAM, HE TOLD ME NOT TO WORRY THAT I WILL BE FREE WITHIN 5DAYS, BEFORE I KNOW IT HE PREPARE THE HERBS AND SEND TO ME, I DRINK IT AS I INSTRUCTED BY DR OLUWA. WHEN I WAKE UP AT THE 5TH DAY MY BODY WAS SOUND AND OKAY I SAID TO MY SELF THAT THIS IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUTH, THEN I WENT TO MY MEDICAL DR FOR CHECKUP, HE TOLD ME THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THERE AGAIN AFTER THE TEXT, I WENT TO OTHER FIVE HOSPITAL FOR CHECK UP AND I WAS CONFIRM HSV NEGATIVE, THEN I SAID TO MY SELF THAT I WILL ALWAYS TESTIFY FOR HIM AS LONG AS I LIVE, LAST YEAR I INTRODUCE MY SISTER IN UNITED STATE OF AMERICA, THAT IS SUFFERING FROM BREAST CANCER TO DR OLUWA, AND IT ONLY TOOK HIM 6DAYS TO CURE THE BREAST CANCER WITH HIS HERBAL CURE . PLEASE DR OLUWA IS THE ONLY ONE YOU CAN TRUST ON THIS CURE FOR HERPES VIRUS AND THE REST. THAT IS WHY AM LIVING HIS EMAIL ADDRESS droluwaherpescure@gmail.com WHAT-SAP NUMBER +2348036251844. ONCE AGAIN HIS EMAIL IS droluwaherpescure@gmail.com

      HE CAN ALSO CURE THE FOLLOWING
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      HERBAL CURE FOR BREAST CANCER

      AND LOT MORE JUST TELL HIM YOUR PROBLEM AND HE WILL HELP YOU.

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  • Donabel Dellosa Profile

    Anyone had Urinary Tract Infection with Chemo or Herceptin

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    10 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have one but it was always a question they asked me during each infusion as the chemo. meds. are eliminated in the urine. That part of one's anatomy is very sensitive anyway and some chemo. meds. are harsher than others (I'm not a doctor just recall what I was told).

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    • Donabel Dellosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok... Thank you...

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    I had to go in for a 6 month mammogram, this is my 2nd one after radiation, they saw something, did an ultra sound, it showed a lymph node beside my incision scar (had a lumpectomy), the Radiologist told me not worry, but I am, anyone else have this?

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    Survivor since 2014
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not sure how you have a lymph node by your scar. My first thought would be that it's scar tissue. I'm not a dr though. If your not comfortable with the answer the radiologist is giving you, see what your onc says about it and get a second open to see if further testing should be done. Prayers to...

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      Not sure how you have a lymph node by your scar. My first thought would be that it's scar tissue. I'm not a dr though. If your not comfortable with the answer the radiologist is giving you, see what your onc says about it and get a second open to see if further testing should be done. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As I recall from my days working as a Mammographer lymph nodes aren't removed during a lumpectomy unless they don't look right on imaging (I may be wrong).

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    I am not able to get hormone therapy after having a mastectomy because it caused extreme major depression. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    • Michele Schultz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      There are many neuromodulating treatments as well. Do see a specialist please.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      If your cancer is estrogen positive you NEED to be on a hormone blocking drug. Tamoxifen if your pre menopausal and there are several for post. Tomoxifen can be taken post as well if it's working well for you. I ended up with mood swings, anxiety attacks and depression. I am now taking Effexor...

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      If your cancer is estrogen positive you NEED to be on a hormone blocking drug. Tamoxifen if your pre menopausal and there are several for post. Tomoxifen can be taken post as well if it's working well for you. I ended up with mood swings, anxiety attacks and depression. I am now taking Effexor and it helps tremendously. It is the only 'depression' drug that can be taken with tamoxifen. Talk with your onc about how your feeling. He will figure out something. You have to have the drug , estrogen is what your type of cancer feeds off of. Prayers to you.

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    Had revision surgery now 2 days after have rash of red bumps all over abdomen arms and shoulders . Did this happen to anyone else ?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you contacted your doctor as perhaps you're allergic to something that was used?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like an allergic reaction. Call your dr and get checked out. Or go to the er. You don't want to risk getting an infection. Prayers to you.

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  • Betti A Profile

    Anyone develop Lymphedema with tourniquet use?

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    Survivor since 2013
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had no choice on which arm the tourniquet went on as that's the side of my carpal tunnel surgery and they can't have blood flowing into the surgical site. He did listen to me and put it on at the elbow rather than the shoulder. I have a sleeve and wear it when I do my resistance machine...

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      I had no choice on which arm the tourniquet went on as that's the side of my carpal tunnel surgery and they can't have blood flowing into the surgical site. He did listen to me and put it on at the elbow rather than the shoulder. I have a sleeve and wear it when I do my resistance machine workouts but I wouldn't have been able to wear it for this particular surgery.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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      I had carpal tunnel surgery on my other hand a week ago. I knew they needed to use a tourniquet and asked the Surgeon to put it on at my elbow rather than my shoulder since I had had an axillary node dissection 3 1/2 years ago and he was very accomadating as I had no sedation other than...

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      I had carpal tunnel surgery on my other hand a week ago. I knew they needed to use a tourniquet and asked the Surgeon to put it on at my elbow rather than my shoulder since I had had an axillary node dissection 3 1/2 years ago and he was very accomadating as I had no sedation other than a regional block and could feel where it was put. In talking with my Oncology ARNP in June she said I was taking a risk in using a tourniquet but I had no choice so now it'll just be a matter of being cautious.

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  • Maurita Bostic Profile

    Why did my expanders move and is this s problem

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    13 days 3 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It is common for them to move in the pocket. That's why they need to use the little magnet to find the port when getting filled. If it moved out of the pocket, call your ps right away. They are to funky, but you'll get use to them eventually. Rock hard and so uneven. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you contacted your doctor about your concern? I didn't have expanders so wouldn't be able to guess other than perhaps as they're filled they feel like they are moving (I'm not a doctor).

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    Anyone have any drain tips ? I know there must be a better place to pin them ?? And they are so long afraid I'm going to snag one.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      They are a pain, aren't they?! I had 2 drains. I had the camisole that worked out great for me. I mostly wore my robe and just put the bulbs in the pockets. While you are awake, keeping them at your sides is best. While sleeping, close together on your tummy. If you are allowed to bathe, use a...

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      They are a pain, aren't they?! I had 2 drains. I had the camisole that worked out great for me. I mostly wore my robe and just put the bulbs in the pockets. While you are awake, keeping them at your sides is best. While sleeping, close together on your tummy. If you are allowed to bathe, use a lanyard around your neck to pin the on. Use a blow dryer on cool to dry your incisions. You don't want to get an infection. You will feel much better when they are out. Prayers to you.

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My hospital Sloan Kettering in NYC gave me 2 bras that are Made with Velcro ties to hold the drains in place. When I woke from surgery they already had the bra on me & drains were fastened.

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  • Melissa Werbiski Profile

    if you had a lumpectomy and pathology nothing was found what does that mean

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    14 days 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Or possibly you had lumpectomy & no cancer found in lymph nodes @ margins were clear.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not really sure what your saying here. I can only assume you detected a lump, had a biopsy to confirm it was cancer, surgery (lumpectomy) to remove cancerous area. I'm sure lymph nodes were removed and tested as well. The pathology report would have lots of answers about what was removed. Size,...

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      Not really sure what your saying here. I can only assume you detected a lump, had a biopsy to confirm it was cancer, surgery (lumpectomy) to remove cancerous area. I'm sure lymph nodes were removed and tested as well. The pathology report would have lots of answers about what was removed. Size, type of cancer, etc. So in reference to your statement "it found nothing", perhaps you mean no more cancer? I don't know how else to answer this. Prayers to you.

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    Hi Beautiful women my name is Dylan I am a 22 old man who has been struggling with cancer for some time now... I don't feel like exposing particulars but I hope I'm not infringing on your circle of trust. I haven't found a place where I can get answers.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I know how You feel...I used to cry every time I had to go for treatment .. Each one made me sicker and sicker , and I was putting on more and more water weight ... I didn't care in the end if I lived or died !!... But it's so important to push though the pain .. As to get on with living !! I...

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      I know how You feel...I used to cry every time I had to go for treatment .. Each one made me sicker and sicker , and I was putting on more and more water weight ... I didn't care in the end if I lived or died !!... But it's so important to push though the pain .. As to get on with living !! I didn't feel well for nearly a year post all treatment was finished... But now 3 yrs from surgery and next year post 3 chemo .. All is well I'm strong ,heathy ... Would I have been if I hadn't gone though with treatment Who's knows. ????
      But a friend just started her treatment when I finished mine. And sadly she passed away late last year ... So sometimes things don't go the way we want .. So you have to put aside your thoughts of only doing the treatment half hearted .. And put all your energy into wining the battle against cancer to .. Live , love and become mentally stronger .. Reach out and contact your doctor and treatment centre and ask for support .. Good luck 🎀🎀

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      In my opinion and I'm not a doctor you may be risking that the cancer isn't all gone at this point. I know it's a hard, bumpy road and one people don't like taking but think of your life and what it may or may not be. God bless you, Betti

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  • Stacy Scheetz Santa Ana Profile

    During a core needle biopsy, I started bleeding (hematoma) after 2 samples were pulled and no additional could be taken. Is this sufficient tissue for pathology to get an accurate diagnosis?

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

      It's up to the lab. It the lab feels it is insufficient, they will ask for another. They won't just take a guess. It is one of those either/or things. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Did you ask the doctor doing it? When I had my first biopsy with U/S guidance the Radiologist apologized to me when we finished as I guess with my dense breast tissue a couple of times the biopsy snare was pushed away from the area so he had to remove a few extra samples.

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  • Suzanne Kellie Profile

    Just finished my reconstruction with latissmus flap with implant and will be having nipple reconstruction in 2 months with some fat grafting has any one had this done

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Suzanne

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I had the diep flap where skin, fat, blood vessels are brought up from abdomen. It was a tough surgery and recovery. My implants were put in at a later date along with nipples. Lost part of one nipple. Still looks OK. Had fat grafting a couple of times. Now have some fat migrating out of my...

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      I had the diep flap where skin, fat, blood vessels are brought up from abdomen. It was a tough surgery and recovery. My implants were put in at a later date along with nipples. Lost part of one nipple. Still looks OK. Had fat grafting a couple of times. Now have some fat migrating out of my malignant side. I don't want to go thru any more surgeries. Best to you!

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  • Donna plappert Profile

    I was just at the doctors.i have to make a decison.im orobably going have to have surgery.to take exspander out.the area us leaking.i have to make a decision wheher i what the reconstruction or not.they what to hurry my c hemo.i need some advice.

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    • Mabel Dominguez Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I feel for you I would take the extenders out and wait until you have finish with your treatment. More importantly you need to listen to what your body is telling you. I was cancer free and my doctor scheduled me to have implanted put in and I was still doing treatment. Everything was rush rush...

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      I feel for you I would take the extenders out and wait until you have finish with your treatment. More importantly you need to listen to what your body is telling you. I was cancer free and my doctor scheduled me to have implanted put in and I was still doing treatment. Everything was rush rush to get things started. My body was telling me no wait until after treatment. It was the biggest blessing had I done the implants I would have been in deep trouble. My breast cancer came back in full force metastatic in was in a scar tissue in my breast and spread back to my entire breast. Can you imagine having those implants with the complications that develop. Unfortunately I'm a stage 4 and have been fighting this battle for four years now. I always say that God was watching over me and I was able to listen to my own body and decided against having those implants done. I would have put my life in more danger then necessary. Listen to your body and talk to your doctors, do research then you decide what is best for you. May God continue to bless you in healing.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      You poor girl ... Leaking is bad so it may be best to remove the expander ... I had a double and I chose not to have any rebuilds , so I'm flat ( mostly )!! And got my first tattoo to make my exboob area pretty ....But I'm also in my 50's so boobs don't mean much to me ( my husband yes!!) ...

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      You poor girl ... Leaking is bad so it may be best to remove the expander ... I had a double and I chose not to have any rebuilds , so I'm flat ( mostly )!! And got my first tattoo to make my exboob area pretty ....But I'm also in my 50's so boobs don't mean much to me ( my husband yes!!) you have to make that decision for your self and what your lifestyle is about ... But maybe can you wait till after all the treatment is completely done , and then go back for another expander ?! ... I didn't have a nice chemo experience.. All I know I wanted chemo done and dusted !! Radiation was easier.... Your body is going through so many changes .. Sometimes you have to just stop for a moment and be happy you are alive and fighting and you will win this fight .... With or without boobs ..... Good luck 🎀🎀

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    Has anyone found a good way to combat the neuropathic pain other than medication

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    18 days 5 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One of my chemo buddies told me about vitamin B-6 and Glutamine. I never had to use any but that's what her doctor had her use.

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    • Jill M. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      I went to Accupuncture - it really helps!

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Getting mastectomy. Hysterectomy what's the best way to sleep at home it lying flat comfortable or should I sleep in my recliner

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    18 days 5 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Mastectomy and hysterectomy? Wow! I had a bilateral mastectomy. I refused to not sleep with my husband, so I slept propped up on pillows in bed. Yes, on my back with little pillows under each arm. The first 2 days were the worst. I couldn't even lift myself. My husband pushed me up from behind....

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      Mastectomy and hysterectomy? Wow! I had a bilateral mastectomy. I refused to not sleep with my husband, so I slept propped up on pillows in bed. Yes, on my back with little pillows under each arm. The first 2 days were the worst. I couldn't even lift myself. My husband pushed me up from behind. After that, each day got better. You will need to sleep on your back until your drains are taken out. After that, it's just a matter on what's most comfortable for you. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Nobody can really tell you what is going to work for you. You have to find your comfort in what works for you. Everybody is different. I still question the wisdom of your surgeon in doing both of these huge procedures at the same time. I hope you are going to have someone taking care of you...

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      Nobody can really tell you what is going to work for you. You have to find your comfort in what works for you. Everybody is different. I still question the wisdom of your surgeon in doing both of these huge procedures at the same time. I hope you are going to have someone taking care of you and your child, because you are going to need it. Good luck.
      Sharon

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  • Carla Ewing Profile

    What if pathology report diesnt show er pr?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    21 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Mine didn't show it right away as it took some extra time for the Pathologist to complete that part of my report. It will show it either as + or a - as that's what help determines your treatment plan.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sometimes some testing takes longer to come back. When you have your full report, your dr will go over it with you. Prayers to you.

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