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  • Gio C Profile

    What is the comon cause for large lymph nodes ? Doctors said that my mom had large lymph nodes during the masteconomy

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but I think the most common cause would be an infection somewhere that her body is trying to fight off. Did he remove any for testing as that would be noted if there is any spread of her cancer in the nodes?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I go along with Betti. The usual reason for enlarged lymph nodes is reaction to an infection. You are obviously worried and we aren't doctor's who can really tell what is causing this. Please get an appointment with your doctor to be checked and get these checked. It will give you peace of...

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      I go along with Betti. The usual reason for enlarged lymph nodes is reaction to an infection. You are obviously worried and we aren't doctor's who can really tell what is causing this. Please get an appointment with your doctor to be checked and get these checked. It will give you peace of mind. Take care, Sharon

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  • Eseta Galuvao Tofilau Profile

    Is it risky to have sex even if i havent had my period since my last chemo 8 months ago?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      YES! You can still get pregnant, use some sort of protection. Until you have been hormonally tested and are in menopause for at least a year is when it would be safe. Right now you are in 'chemopause'. The younger you are, the more likely your period will return. Sometimes 2 or 3 years later....

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      YES! You can still get pregnant, use some sort of protection. Until you have been hormonally tested and are in menopause for at least a year is when it would be safe. Right now you are in 'chemopause'. The younger you are, the more likely your period will return. Sometimes 2 or 3 years later. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed it with your doctor(s)? That's where I'd start with a question of this nature.

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  • Jodie Thomas Profile

    Hi does any one know if you have to be a certain age to have a biopsy?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As far as I know there isn't any set age for a biopsy of any kind. If a doctor feels a biopsy would be of benefit to find out what something is that is the only way to know for sure.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jodie,
      Well, that is just NUTS! You may be too young for a mammogram, but you are NOT too young for a biopsy or ultrasound. A biopsy, is the only way to find out, exactly what kind of cells are within the lump. Clarify the instructions or referral. If needed, get another doctor to refer you...

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      Jodie,
      Well, that is just NUTS! You may be too young for a mammogram, but you are NOT too young for a biopsy or ultrasound. A biopsy, is the only way to find out, exactly what kind of cells are within the lump. Clarify the instructions or referral. If needed, get another doctor to refer you for an ultrasound and biopsy. Keep us posted. You are absolutely correct in pursuing this. Hang in there and take care, Sharon.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile

    I just read an interesting article how well DBT (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis) is at breast cancer diagnosis for dense and non-dense breasts. Here is the link. http://www.auntminnie.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=wom&pag=dis&ItemID=114049

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    Survivor since 2007
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It's fantastic that there are so many advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer these days. Though there still isn't a cure, it sure isn't the death sentence it once was. We are all testament to that! Thanks for sharing. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hi Sharon, I tried bringing the link up but it wouldn't allow me to without some type of auntminnie membership and I can't afford another membership right now. It sounds interesting since my 1 remaining breast is still 50-75% dense tissue at age 65.

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    Hello. What does grade 1 invasive ductal. Carcinoma and grade 2 mean. My gf has 4. Lesions. Largest one. Measuring 15mm in lower right breast.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site that explain things in terms a lay person can understand. Also her doctor should be going over her pathology report and telling her what it means, go along and be another set of ears if she will let you.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Ductal means there are cancer cells in the milk ducts of the breast. This is the most common form of breast cancer. Like Betti said, the videos here are very helpful or check out cancer.org. Prayers to you.

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  • Kai Sha Profile

    Hi. The ultrasound report says suggestive of malignancy for 3 small lesions on right breast. What does this mean. A biopsy was taken too. Thanks

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Though I'm not a doctor, it means 3 'spots' where seen. You won't know anything more until the biopsy results come back. Try not to worry, waiting is the hardest part. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      When I found a lump in my breast, I went to my doctor, who referred me for a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. This is standard when something suspicious is found. The doctor who did the ultrasound and biopsy said it did look like breast cancer. She was right but there is also a chance it...

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      When I found a lump in my breast, I went to my doctor, who referred me for a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. This is standard when something suspicious is found. The doctor who did the ultrasound and biopsy said it did look like breast cancer. She was right but there is also a chance it isn't. If your biopsy comes back as no cancer.... you will probably have to be rechecked in three months. If it does come back as cancer, you will be referred to the proper care. Breast cancer is NOT a death sentence. All of us here have been treated and are living normal lives. Where you are right now, is so scary..... we have all been where you are. You will get through this. Please keep us posted, you are NOT alone. Take care, Sharon

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  • Sharon Padayachee Profile

    Hi. Im 45 years old.I've started having very sensitive breasts especially my nipples. Plus sensitivity and pain on my right breast with my nipple looking a bit like a shriveled raisin sometimes. Pain from my neck, shoulder,leg on that side. Very afraid!

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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 be in order.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      As the others said, you need to get in and be checked out. Could be nothing more than hormones but you need to know for sure what's going on. Prayers to you.

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  • Karen Firth Profile

    I have had a core biopsy and the radiologist said he had put a marker on the lump. What is the marker made of? I ask because I am due to have an MRI scan on Wednesday

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It is safe, no worries. Cindy is right, it's a tiny clip that looks like a breast cancer ribbon. I'm sure in other cancers the dr will reference their type of cancer. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a biopsy and a marker placed prior to my MRI. They use a marker so if a doctor goes in to do a lumpectomy they use that marker to know they are in the right area. I didn't have any issues during the MRI so assume they are made to be safe with the magnet or they wouldn't put them in. I...

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      I had a biopsy and a marker placed prior to my MRI. They use a marker so if a doctor goes in to do a lumpectomy they use that marker to know they are in the right area. I didn't have any issues during the MRI so assume they are made to be safe with the magnet or they wouldn't put them in. I actually had a 2nd one placed during my 2nd biopsy but only one was mentioned in the surgical specimen so think the first one was accidently pulled out during that 2nd biopsy. They should have also done a "gentle" 2 view mammogram to make sure the marker was in the right place.

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  • victoria john Profile

    hi am 25 years old i have been feeling pains in my left breast and somthing like a lump around it and a white liquid discharge from my breast.am scared could be the sign of breast cancer because i use to weak with back pain .please help me

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It could be a lot of different things. Please have it checked. Whatever it is the earlier it is treated the easier it is to deal with.

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  • Umayra Martinez Profile

    hi...im 14 years old nd i have white discharge comming out my breast nd when i asked hoogle it said pregnacy or breast cancer nd i am not pregnant....im scared please help...nd my mom dosnt want to take me to the doctor

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      As the others said, don't worry, but you should get checked out by a dr. Your body is going through so many changes now because of hormones. During your menstrual cycle, your breasts will swell. That is the glands and milk ducts filling with milk anticipating a baby. When that doesn't happen,...

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      As the others said, don't worry, but you should get checked out by a dr. Your body is going through so many changes now because of hormones. During your menstrual cycle, your breasts will swell. That is the glands and milk ducts filling with milk anticipating a baby. When that doesn't happen, everything is shed out of your body as you have your period. That is most likely what you are experiencing. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You have to talk to your mom and tell her you need to go to the doctor. If she won't take you, talk to a school councilor, or a trusted woman teacher. You have to go to the doctor and there is no way around it. I would not worry about cancer, this probably has something to do with your...

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      You have to talk to your mom and tell her you need to go to the doctor. If she won't take you, talk to a school councilor, or a trusted woman teacher. You have to go to the doctor and there is no way around it. I would not worry about cancer, this probably has something to do with your hormones. Good luck and don't be scared. Take care, Sharon

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  • tes tes Profile

    Is it ok to be on the Keto diet (low carbs high fat) while still in treatment(chemo, surgery, rad.)? Some say it's actually the cancer fighting diet (still in treatment, don't panic). So, to do or not to do?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      As long as you remain healthy enough to continue with treatment. For me, I ate whatever tasted good at the moment. Sometimes that was a greasy bacon cheeseburger or a bologna sandwich for a week straight. It's been 4 years now. I haven't changed what I eat or how I live. I don't believe red meat...

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      As long as you remain healthy enough to continue with treatment. For me, I ate whatever tasted good at the moment. Sometimes that was a greasy bacon cheeseburger or a bologna sandwich for a week straight. It's been 4 years now. I haven't changed what I eat or how I live. I don't believe red meat or sugar gave me breast cancer. Everything in moderation. Run it by your onc, see if he approves of your changes. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I ate what I could eat. Always talk to your doctor about changing your way of eating. This type of eating changes your metabolism in a way that might not be the greatest for you. Take care, Sharon

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  • Malay Dubey Profile

    Last Day of Radiations too.This concludes almost 9 months journey of the treatment. Mom has been kept in Letrozole for 5 years.Black clouds of recurrence always hover over a survivor's head, its actually tough to get back to life again! what can she do mo

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      From my perspective, it is always there, that worry that is will come back again. I have been cancer free for 9 years but the fear is still right below the surface. My life is very full, and I am happy but fear is also part of my life too. I am grateful for every day and the last part of my...

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      From my perspective, it is always there, that worry that is will come back again. I have been cancer free for 9 years but the fear is still right below the surface. My life is very full, and I am happy but fear is also part of my life too. I am grateful for every day and the last part of my life is dedicated to my husband and my community. I just make the best of the time I have. I just had my 68th birthday. We all deal with it as best we can but haven't found anyway to remove it completely from our lives. Take care, and the very best to your Mom. Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's a good ? For me life began after it was over. I live my life how want to and deal with with what I want. I spend my days on a natural high of happy. I've been a police officer for 19 yrs & I'm retiring next year. I'm back on patrol like nothing ever happend fighting crime. I don't think...

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      That's a good ? For me life began after it was over. I live my life how want to and deal with with what I want. I spend my days on a natural high of happy. I've been a police officer for 19 yrs & I'm retiring next year. I'm back on patrol like nothing ever happend fighting crime. I don't think about or talk about cancer. That's what keeps me sane. Faith in GOD and My husband who is my best friend got me thru everything My advice to your mom is to live her life on her terms. Don't think about what u went thru just embrace what u have now. My scars are a reminder of my strength and they don't define me. YES you will have bad days but look in the mirror on those days & tell yourself I'm still here Live Love Life

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  • Monique Dhingra Profile

    My mother In law have a right breast cancer of 3a stage. She already had a surgery from aims Delhi. Now doctor told for a chemo. But we are worried because she is soo week. Please advice us is she better after chemo.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sorry to hear about your mother in law. Most times surgery isn't enough. Further treatment is needed to get rid of any stray cells in the body. Her team of dr's will have a plan of treatment best for her, be it chemo, radiation, hormone blocking drugs or possibly all three. The dr's will monitor...

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      Sorry to hear about your mother in law. Most times surgery isn't enough. Further treatment is needed to get rid of any stray cells in the body. Her team of dr's will have a plan of treatment best for her, be it chemo, radiation, hormone blocking drugs or possibly all three. The dr's will monitor her health every step of the way and do what may be needed to keep her healthy during further treatment. After surgery, it is common to recuperate about a month before chemo starts. Chemo is hard on the body, but yes, she will be better afterwards. Keep in mind, if that is what the dr is recommending, she needs it to save her life. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      So sorry your mother in law has had to go through this. I agree with Andre' she will need more treatment to give her the best chance of no further recurrence. I waited 6 weeks to recuperate from surgery before I started chemotherapy. Every woman's treatment plan is different as breast cancer...

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      So sorry your mother in law has had to go through this. I agree with Andre' she will need more treatment to give her the best chance of no further recurrence. I waited 6 weeks to recuperate from surgery before I started chemotherapy. Every woman's treatment plan is different as breast cancer is different. Doctors will probably give her time to gain strength before they go forward with further treatment. Chemotherapy is tough but breast cancer is a difficult opponent. I just had my 68th birthday and 9 years cancer free. Take care, Sharon

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  • Lea Andersen Profile

    I had invasive ductal carcinoma, triple negative, stage 2A, Braca 1&2 negative. 6 rounds of chemo & no radiation, modified radical mastectomy. My new oncologist informed me this is considered high risk. I could use some feed back. Thank you

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Lea. I did not have the same diagnosis as you, and I'm not a doctor. Sometimes doctors need to explain better, or word things differently so we don't freak out by what they tell us. Being triple negative has a higher risk factor of recurrence in the first 3 years over positive breast cancer....

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      Hi Lea. I did not have the same diagnosis as you, and I'm not a doctor. Sometimes doctors need to explain better, or word things differently so we don't freak out by what they tell us. Being triple negative has a higher risk factor of recurrence in the first 3 years over positive breast cancer. Now that doesn't mean live in fear for the next 3 years waiting for the shoe to drop. You did what you needed to get rid of the cancer by having surgery and chemo. And take comfort in the fact that triple negative cancer responds very well to chemo and unlike positive cancer, your body isn't feeding it daily. (That's why positive patients take hormone blockers for 10 years after) Talk more with your onc. Have him answer what questions you have, in ways you understand. Life life and celebrate that your done with all you've been through. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have a friend who was diagnosed last summer with TNBC, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy and had 5 cycles of chemo. It was supposed to be 4 but her doctor felt since she was doing well wanted to do 6 but after 5 decided her body had had enough as she has several other health issues. I...

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      I have a friend who was diagnosed last summer with TNBC, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy and had 5 cycles of chemo. It was supposed to be 4 but her doctor felt since she was doing well wanted to do 6 but after 5 decided her body had had enough as she has several other health issues. I assume they consider it high risk and this is just my opinion as it is considered a rare form of BC. She was told she didn't need radiation though.

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  • MK H Profile

    Tomorrow AM, I'm having skin/nipple sparring double mastectomy. Anyone else have this?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have that procedure either as I didn't want any reconstruction. I have read the only drawback to a skin/nipple sparing mastectomy is some stray cancer cells may be in those areas. Take care of yourself and keep us posted, Betti

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      No, not nipple sparring. Yes, double mastectomy with reconstruction using expanders. You can do this. I hope you have a quick recovery. Prayers to you.

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  • Fara Alia Profile

    why are some of BC patients received 15 times rads and why are some 35 times rads? the amount of the radiotherphy is given according to what?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like a "doctor" question and that we aren't. My RT put several factors into a program he had on his computer while I had my initial consult and told me I'd need 5-6 weeks. When I asked him which would it be he said 28 treatments and I said OK then 5 1/2 weeks and he got a sheepish...

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      That sounds like a "doctor" question and that we aren't. My RT put several factors into a program he had on his computer while I had my initial consult and told me I'd need 5-6 weeks. When I asked him which would it be he said 28 treatments and I said OK then 5 1/2 weeks and he got a sheepish grin on his face. Please talk with your team regarding this as your number will be different than everyone else just like your chemo. meds.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Each case is individual to your particular case. Some people have targeted rads in addition to the larger area. If lymph nodes are involved, that area may also be radiated. You might have more or less, depending on how you are tolerating the treatment. I had additional targeted treatment because...

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      Each case is individual to your particular case. Some people have targeted rads in addition to the larger area. If lymph nodes are involved, that area may also be radiated. You might have more or less, depending on how you are tolerating the treatment. I had additional targeted treatment because I could tolerate it. I had 7 weeks of treatment. However, my mom had noninvasive cancer with lumpectomy, and rads twice a day for five days.

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    I haven't come across any other avenue of treatment for Cancers other than Chemo, Surgery,Radiations & Harmone etc. But stuff like "Cannabis oil" cures the cancer is doing the rounds in social media, is it really effective & what is it's authenticity?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Cancer is a deadly opponent. It is difficult to treat and I would not be taking a chance and betting my life on cannabis oil to be curing cancer. A person can waste their money and precious time and all they get in the end is cancer that is now at an advanced stage more difficult to treat...

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      Cancer is a deadly opponent. It is difficult to treat and I would not be taking a chance and betting my life on cannabis oil to be curing cancer. A person can waste their money and precious time and all they get in the end is cancer that is now at an advanced stage more difficult to treat and maybe kill you.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I chose the treatment my treatment team recommended for my best chances for long term survival.
      It seems like every year some one comes up with a miracle cure for cancer. How much do they charge? What are there long term survival rate? How is the quality of life.

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  • Samantha Sen Profile

    This Wednesday will be my last chemo. The 2nd week of May I will start my 35 radiation treatments and will be done by June 28. My husband want to take me on 7 nights cruises on July 31. Is there anything I should worry about?

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      I agree with both Sharons; check with your doctor first. I moved a month or so after completing my chemo. and before starting my rads. but I had planned that anyway and my Onc. was OK with it.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with Sharon.... check with your doctor and a lot depends on how you feel too.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • istabraq alcherkessy Profile

    Today, we got the results of breast cancer for my grandmom , the report says stage 2to 3, she already had breast operation removal a week ago and this result is from the operation sample. Any one knows what will happen or is it too bad !

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's case is different even with the same diagnosis as hers. Her team will come up with a plan specifically for her. You said she has had surgery-lumpectomy or mastectomy? She may also have chemotherapy, radiation, and/or a hormone blocker or a combination of any of the above. She will...

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      Everyone's case is different even with the same diagnosis as hers. Her team will come up with a plan specifically for her. You said she has had surgery-lumpectomy or mastectomy? She may also have chemotherapy, radiation, and/or a hormone blocker or a combination of any of the above. She will be OK.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is not, "too late". Lots of women have this stage of diagnosis. I was a 2-B at the time of diagnosis and I am still alive and healthy 9 years later. All treatment is different for women's breast cancer because each one is different.

      Go with the thought your wonderful Grandmom will be...

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      This is not, "too late". Lots of women have this stage of diagnosis. I was a 2-B at the time of diagnosis and I am still alive and healthy 9 years later. All treatment is different for women's breast cancer because each one is different.

      Go with the thought your wonderful Grandmom will be ok with treatment. It isn't easy, but there are all the chances for her to go on to live her full life. I just had my 68th birthday!
      Take care, Sharon

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  • cindy spratt Profile

    Well Onc took me off Tamoxifen and referred me to Gyno. Had an US and transv. Came back with septated 6 cm cyst on L ovary. I guess I'm having my ovaries removed soon. •_•

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Cindy. I had my Full Hysterectomy Oct '15. After 18 mths on Tamoxifen !! Trust me the operation was great .. Only have 5-6 very small scars and overnight in hospital ... After 1 of my ovaries growing and getting smaller and a Pap smear that was showing Up positive then negative....and...

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      Cindy. I had my Full Hysterectomy Oct '15. After 18 mths on Tamoxifen !! Trust me the operation was great .. Only have 5-6 very small scars and overnight in hospital ... After 1 of my ovaries growing and getting smaller and a Pap smear that was showing Up positive then negative....and a year of yes / no from the gynaecologist oncologist they did the op .... Now I only have a vagina ... So sex is still the same .....And no worries !!!!!..on different tablets now ... Letrozole . I had no pain ever .. And only about 5-6 very small scars due to key hole surgery.. They snip off all the bits and then pull it out through my vagina ....in the olden days we would have had Huge long scars ....And I could gone back to work after a week but because I have a very physical job I had a month off......a friend of mine had the same op but she had some pain,bleeding .... But after both breasts off , chemo , radiation and staph infection... I feel that I can conquer anything !!!.... I feel free and it's a Huge problem / worry gone especially now that I'm old and well past babies !!! .....Cause Ovarian cancer is harder to find .... So good luck and wish you well .... And 1 step closer to cancer free beautiful body :::)))))

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    • cindy spratt Profile
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      stage_1 Patient

      Thank you ladies that was very encouraging! I guess I just thought I was "done" with treatment after radiation was over in February. I am going to be 50 in November so I really don't need those parts anyway :)

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  • Martha Ortega Profile

    When you have chemo for 1 breast does it work for the other breast too

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Martha, I would say it will go after the specific type of breast cancer cells of a known breast cancer. If a woman had a different type of breast cancer in the other breast, it might not be as effective for a completely different type, stage, grade, etc., breast cancer. One type of treatment/...

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      Martha, I would say it will go after the specific type of breast cancer cells of a known breast cancer. If a woman had a different type of breast cancer in the other breast, it might not be as effective for a completely different type, stage, grade, etc., breast cancer. One type of treatment/ chemo doesn't work on all. It is a hypothetical question for sure. If you are worried about having another cancer in the other breast, talk this over with your oncologist. I had a singly mastectomy and asked my oncologist how likely it would be for my breast cancer to happen in the other breast. He told my type of breast cancer doesn't show up in the other breast, it recurs in distant sites like brain, lung, liver, etc. Not a pleasant thought. There is nothing to say that I couldn't get a completely different type of breast cancer in the other breast. Again... not a pleasant thought.... This is the nightmare we all live with. We are never without the thought, this monster could get us again. There are no guarantee's. To me, we all live with a bit of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by the terror we have faced in diagnosis and treatment. I hope that at some point, PTSD is addressed and acknowledged as a reality for us and something be done about it.

      Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If there is cancer in the other breast if it's the same type I would assume it would work for that one too as chemo. is used to kill cancer. I guess my question is why would you want it to work on your other breast unless you have cancer in both.

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  • Donna Alday Profile

    Hi Ladies, I recently had a mammogram in which the results showed a asymmetrical mass in my right breast, I also have pain near this area and under my arm. I am booked for an ultrasound on 19th and am nervous as my mum, grandma & aunty have all had BC.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Donna, many women go through this type of procedure and many of these turn out to be nothing. With your family history, your doctor is being extra cautious. It is completely understandable you are nervous, because it is suggesting this isn't normal tissue. Try to keep busy, get out for some...

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      Donna, many women go through this type of procedure and many of these turn out to be nothing. With your family history, your doctor is being extra cautious. It is completely understandable you are nervous, because it is suggesting this isn't normal tissue. Try to keep busy, get out for some exercise, clean a closet or two, just stay busy. When the scary thoughts come up try shoving them out of your mind. Watch a funny movie, read a funny story. You are doing the right thing in getting this checked. Please keep us posted. All women are scared when they have to go through this kind of test. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      On my annual exam in 2012 I had what they called an asymmetrical area of breast tissue, not a mass though. I was recalled for additional imaging and an U/S of the area that lead to a biopsy. Take care and try to relax, know that's not easy but try none the less.

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  • Barbara Jackson Profile

    Does breast cancer spread to other parts of the body except through lymph nodes?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Please discuss your particulars with your doctor. Cancer is very different for every person.

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    • Susan Pilkington Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It can travel through lymph and/or the blood stream. However it does not take up residence in all systems. Most commonly if it spreads it goes to the bones, brain, lungs and/or liver.

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  • angela fava Profile

    i still have swollen legs is that normal?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Before one of my infusions the Onc. thought my legs were swollen and had me check with my PCP who said they weren't. The thought was I had been retaining fluid and to keep an eye on it but that was me may be something different in your case. I'd make sure and let my doctor(s) know about it so...

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      Before one of my infusions the Onc. thought my legs were swollen and had me check with my PCP who said they weren't. The thought was I had been retaining fluid and to keep an eye on it but that was me may be something different in your case. I'd make sure and let my doctor(s) know about it so they can get to the bottom of the cause.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      One of the side effects of taxotere can be water retention. My doctor gave me a diuretic and my pt got me some compression stockings.

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  • Cheryl Raiken Profile

    is radiation necessary after lumpectomy, chemo and herception for stage 1

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That's a question you'll need to ask you doctor(s) about. I was stage 1, had a mastectomy and chemo. with 8 negative nodes and still had to do radiation. Everyone's case is different even with the same diagnosis as yours.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Betti is right. Our disease's are unique to each of us. Thankfully, through careful pathology, treatment protocol is devised specifically for us. It used to be that the treatments were kind of a "shotgun" approach but it is becoming find tuned. Ask your oncologist and go with what he/she...

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      Betti is right. Our disease's are unique to each of us. Thankfully, through careful pathology, treatment protocol is devised specifically for us. It used to be that the treatments were kind of a "shotgun" approach but it is becoming find tuned. Ask your oncologist and go with what he/she recommends, but keep in mind you can always get a second opinion. Take care, Sharon

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