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  • Sandra E Profile

    I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor stage 11 b . I had a breast Mri done and was ok everything but same day ! I was putting lotion and found a lump in clavicle and they found abnormal cells . Soooo worried . Please help

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sandra, we all fear having to go through this whole thing again. I am kind of surprised this did not show up on the MRI. Any of us would be fearful and worried. Did they have anything else to say about the type of abnormal cells? This sounds like something in a lymph node or did they they...

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      Sandra, we all fear having to go through this whole thing again. I am kind of surprised this did not show up on the MRI. Any of us would be fearful and worried. Did they have anything else to say about the type of abnormal cells? This sounds like something in a lymph node or did they they think this one a lump and not related to a lymph node? I am sure you have a follow up appointment for further diagnostics. This is NOT a recurrence of your former cancer. I have known lots of women who have had to go through breast cancer treatment again. WHen I was going through my treatment, another woman who had had breast cancer and had been cancer free for 20 years was going through a second breast cancer. She is alive and well ten years later. Hang in there.... please keep busy, shove the scary thoughts out of your head. I am so sorry this awful fear has crept back in your life. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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    • Sandra E Profile
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      Hi Sharon , thanks for responding I need all the support I can have . I forgot how hurtful this is since its been so long . I besides being a survivor suffer from manic depression and anxiety disorder.
      They are running tests where abnormal cells coming from and if they match the old slides from...

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      Hi Sharon , thanks for responding I need all the support I can have . I forgot how hurtful this is since its been so long . I besides being a survivor suffer from manic depression and anxiety disorder.
      They are running tests where abnormal cells coming from and if they match the old slides from 2002. It didn't show in mri cause that Mir was just testing Breast are and under armpits nodes . The one they aspirated is on superclavicle .
      What a coincidence I found this day they gave me a clear for my breast mri.
      And now cause of Memorial Day weekend I have to wait til Tuesday ! Ugh pulling my hairs
      But thanks again want to here positive stories ( for recurrence) so I can strong etc ..😧

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  • asha ASHOK Profile

    some nodes are found on my left breasts, but some people told it is common in age of 21, so what should i do next

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Make a doctor's appointment to get them checked as some testing may be in order to see what they may or may not be.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Ahsa ... Nodes are in different parts of our body underarms , neck, groin ,etc ....they are their to fight germs .. So they often go up and down ..... But ... Please head off to a doctors and they can give you a quick check up .. It may not be any thing .. But it won't hurt ... :::)))

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  • Tia Weinand Profile

    Is it possible to continue breastfeeding if I only have surgery and radiation?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like a question for your doctor(s).

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is definitely a question for your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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  • nelcan birdane Profile

    i still have fluid in my breast after mastectomy left breast its been two months now

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you talked with your doctor about it? I had a friend that had cancer in her left breast but she chose to do a bilateral mastectomy. Her drainage tubes were pulled a week after surgery in the cancerous breast but her doctor elected to keep the ones in the right breast another week. A month...

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      Have you talked with your doctor about it? I had a friend that had cancer in her left breast but she chose to do a bilateral mastectomy. Her drainage tubes were pulled a week after surgery in the cancerous breast but her doctor elected to keep the ones in the right breast another week. A month or so later she had another seroma in the right side and they ended up going in and putting another drainage tube. You need to keep on it as you don't want an infection setting in due to a buildup of fluid. Please talk with your doctor if you haven't and tell him/her what's going on.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Survivor since 2007

      You will have to have that fluid removed. You may have what is called a seroma and they need to be drained. Don't put up with discomfort like that hoping it will get better on it's own. I am glad you called your doctor's office and I would be on the phone again tomorrow morning since they...

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      You will have to have that fluid removed. You may have what is called a seroma and they need to be drained. Don't put up with discomfort like that hoping it will get better on it's own. I am glad you called your doctor's office and I would be on the phone again tomorrow morning since they didn't call you back. You be your own best advocate. Take care, Sharon

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    Does anyone who does self checks ect reg still get and over coming fear of breast cancer ;) Bcz you had family who had it ect ? I over checked before like 7 times a day I now don't ! But it's creepy

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sounds like a bit of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Check your breasts once a month at the same time during your cycle... a mammogram, once a year, if you are old enough.
      I found my breast cancer with a self check. It was very hard and very lumpy. Completely different from any lump I...

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      Sounds like a bit of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Check your breasts once a month at the same time during your cycle... a mammogram, once a year, if you are old enough.
      I found my breast cancer with a self check. It was very hard and very lumpy. Completely different from any lump I had ever felt before. I knew immediately it was breast cancer. That was 9 years ago. Not all breast cancers make a lump. There are many other types that show up differently....read about symptoms of breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, I know how you feel. Don't worry so much. As Trisha suggested, see your dr, have a mammogram. Be sure they know of your family history. And do self exams the same time once a month. That way you can really tell if there are any changes that may be worrisome. Breasts change all the time with...

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      Yes, I know how you feel. Don't worry so much. As Trisha suggested, see your dr, have a mammogram. Be sure they know of your family history. And do self exams the same time once a month. That way you can really tell if there are any changes that may be worrisome. Breasts change all the time with monthly cycle of hormones. Prayers to you.

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  • Pamela Morrison Profile

    Did anyone have a really hard breast after radiotherapy? Doctor didn't seem worried about it but my mammogram is just about due and I'm starting to worry it mite be painful

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to be a mammographer and did numerous patients who had undergone treatments on their breasts, we strove to get adequate compression without compromising the exam. It need not be painful if done correctly. The only 2 times they limited compression on me was right after the biopsies and...

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      I used to be a mammographer and did numerous patients who had undergone treatments on their breasts, we strove to get adequate compression without compromising the exam. It need not be painful if done correctly. The only 2 times they limited compression on me was right after the biopsies and they even called it a "gentle mammogram" and they were basically done to check the position of the clips they put in. I can't speak from post radiation treatments as my left breast was removed so they don't even do anything on that side other than physical exams. Speak up if it is too uncomfortable and I'll bet they do what they can without making you miserable.

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    • cindy spratt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Yes, mine hurts and I have limited me vilify under my arm. Can't lift it as high as the other and the breast muscle that connects under my arm is hard and aches and very tight.

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    The breast cancer surgery is it hard surgery? Is there any risk through the surgery

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was absolutely terrified. All my life, I have been terrified of having to have surgery at some point.... then, I had to face it. I didn't think I would wake up from the anesthetic. I am a bit of a control freak so went about arranging what I could to my comfort. I interviewed and chose my...

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      I was absolutely terrified. All my life, I have been terrified of having to have surgery at some point.... then, I had to face it. I didn't think I would wake up from the anesthetic. I am a bit of a control freak so went about arranging what I could to my comfort. I interviewed and chose my anesthesiologist. Something I was told I could never do. I was very happy with my surgeon. I went into my surgery satisfied I had done what I could. The rest was left to God. That was 10 years ago. I had no pain after my mastectomy. I only had sentinel nodes removed not the nodes in my armpit. That can be more problematic and uncomfortable in the healing process. I never had to take pain medication and was up and around the day after my surgery nearly back to my life with some limitations due to drain tubes. When having a mastectomy.... there are nerves that are cut so you don't feel pain. My drain tube was removed at about day 10. I only had a single mastectomy. A double mastectomy, you have some limitations in movement.
      Yes, there are risks to any surgery, bleeding, reaction to drugs, and your surgeon will probably go over what these are. What are you afraid of.... and I mean that with the most kindness. Talk over your fears with your surgeon. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Surgery of any kind carries a risk and those should be explained to you prior to it. I never had any issues, never took any pain meds. other than what was part of my IV mix post op which I didn't want and wasn't told I'd have. Everyone is different in how their bodies react to the meds. they...

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      Surgery of any kind carries a risk and those should be explained to you prior to it. I never had any issues, never took any pain meds. other than what was part of my IV mix post op which I didn't want and wasn't told I'd have. Everyone is different in how their bodies react to the meds. they give you in the operating room and afterwards. I drove myself to my followup surgery appointment 5 days after surgery and did fine, even walked from her office to the hospital next door to get my records to send to my insurance company.

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  • Lena Lessy Profile

    Trisha m talking about physical symptoms like breathing problem loss of appitite weight lose juindicr bones cracking and pain.is it possible all these symptoms are absent in case of stage 4 breast cancer before diagnosis

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lena ... Symptoms differ from person to person .... In all stages of cancer ... I had joint pain before my cancer..and was not related to it ...But like I said ,you don't know what stage your at till after surgery ... It all depends also if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body .....

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      Lena ... Symptoms differ from person to person .... In all stages of cancer ... I had joint pain before my cancer..and was not related to it ...But like I said ,you don't know what stage your at till after surgery ... It all depends also if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body .. Liver , lungs etc .. But don't get too hung up on stages ... Just listen to the doctor in regards to treatments ... Like I said I had no idea about my cancer No issues at all .. I was totally scared and surprise at being told stage 3 b. But If you have any of the problems you have mentioned you should see a doctor. It may be something else as well .. Like arthritis for the joint pain ... Don't read stuff from the Internet ( I know it's hard not to )!! But listen to your doctor who has up to date understanding of your condition.. You don't have to all the symptoms listed on the net to have stage 4 ... Good luck to you and I wish you well on your journey .. Hopefully others on this site may help you more ::))

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  • Lena Lessy Profile

    Does a stage 4 breast cancer patient dnt have any symptoms before the diagnosis expect a lump in breast

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi Lena. I too don't really understand your question. I did feel a lump. To me it felt huge. Turned out to be the size of a peanut. I was stage 1. Life is great! Again, not sure of your question, so I will leave it there and hope that eases your mind. There are wonderful educational videos on...

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      Hi Lena. I too don't really understand your question. I did feel a lump. To me it felt huge. Turned out to be the size of a peanut. I was stage 1. Life is great! Again, not sure of your question, so I will leave it there and hope that eases your mind. There are wonderful educational videos on this site that may be helpful to you as well. Prayers to you.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Lena. Your question is a little confusing ... To find out what stage you are is surgery .. Even mammograms may not give a true picture of the cancer ... In the end I had stage 3 b ... I noticed dippling on the breast when I lifted my arm .. I felt no lumps neither did my doctor .. When I had my...

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      Lena. Your question is a little confusing ... To find out what stage you are is surgery .. Even mammograms may not give a true picture of the cancer ... In the end I had stage 3 b ... I noticed dippling on the breast when I lifted my arm .. I felt no lumps neither did my doctor .. When I had my mammogram they show a lump .. I had very large breast 18DD .. It wasn't till after my surgery the lump no one could feel .. Came back as a 8 cms Tumour with arms going everywhere... Into nodes under my arm .. The doctor said if I hadn't noticed the dipples .. I would have had only about a year !!!....... That is why I'm having trouble with your question..... Stage 4 .. Will be treated and the way treatment is at the moment ... It's getting better and better outcomes !!!.... It's always helps to have a positive outlook .. Even when treatment makes you feel like crap !!! ... So don't write yourself off just yet .. Ok ... Life is what you make it ... My is full with full time work and family and full of thankfulness that we live in a era where health care is the best it's ever been .. So good luck.
      Hopefully someone else may help answer your question better than me :::)))

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  • Kerrie Kauter Profile

    hi, my breast is painful in one section and when i cough, sneeze or take a deep breath the pain increases. should i be concerned?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Since we aren't doctor's we really can't say what is going on. If you are concerned, then it is always best to have your doctor check you. Take care, Sharon

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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 tests may be in order. I'm not a doctor but I had those same symptoms with broken ribs not a breast problem.

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  • Cassy  Sullivan  Profile

    Hi um 18th only... Suddenly I had my nipple driping... What can i do..?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Tell your mother about it, perhaps too a doctor's appointment is needed.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Don't ignore it and I agree with Betti. Tell your Mom and tell her you need to see your doctor.
      It is probably hormone related but since it is not normal, you should have it checked out. Take care, Sharon

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  • Malay Dubey Profile

    A month has been passed since mom started her Harmone Blockers, Now the Oncologist has prescribed the Whole Body Bone-Density Test, has anyone been through the test? What to expect

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      I've had several over the years, the last one in September. She will lie on a table on her back and have a sponge put under her knees to flatten the back to a normal curve. A small camera will pass over her lower back and capture images. They will do the same with her hip except the sponge...

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      I've had several over the years, the last one in September. She will lie on a table on her back and have a sponge put under her knees to flatten the back to a normal curve. A small camera will pass over her lower back and capture images. They will do the same with her hip except the sponge will be removed. Her leg will be turned inward at the hip so the toes are pointing towards the other leg; her foot will be put in a cradle and they then put a strap across it to hold it in place then the camera captures images of the hip. Some places also do a wrist but not all do. However if you are talking about a nuclear test (since you say whole body) that is different-for that they inject a radioactive dye and wait a period of time before taking images that show any "hot spots" in the organs or bones but since you said what you did I bet it's the one I described-a DEXA scan as some hormone blockers can deplete bone mass. I had Osteopenia prior to treatments and it has worsened some with the hormone blockers so extra vitamin D was added to my already Calcium+D.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Not a hard or bad test .. All she has to do .. Is lay down on a bed type thing. Like a cat scan !! .. And wait for a machine to scan your body. ... 1/2 hour done !! No needles , or pain .... All it is to check how the hormone tablets are affecting the bones ...I had a mark change in the year...

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      Not a hard or bad test .. All she has to do .. Is lay down on a bed type thing. Like a cat scan !! .. And wait for a machine to scan your body. ... 1/2 hour done !! No needles , or pain .... All it is to check how the hormone tablets are affecting the bones ...I had a mark change in the year between mine 2 scans......But still in normal range ... But I take a .. Vit D and Calcium tablets daily.. Because the hormones tablets strip this from the bones .. And we all need to be strong women heading into old age to fight against hip and bone breaks !!!..

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  • Bonnie Cautela Profile

    I am 50yrs old and I need to get a diagnositic mammogram for what they think might be either calcificationor possibly DCIS. My question: if I've had a complete hysterectomy at age 33 and stopped HRT in October 2015, I would I still need to take tomoxifin?

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      That's a doctor question and that we aren't. However, it is my understanding Tamoxifen is for premenopausal women with Estrogen+ cancer but I know of some who are put on it after menopause. Did they remove your ovaries during your hysterectomy or just the uterus?

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    • André Roberts Profile
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      Stage 1 Patient

      You would only need a hormone blocking drug if indeed you do have cancer that is estrogen positive. Tamoxifen is for premenopausal and there are several for post. Wait and see what test results show and what your dr says. Prayers to you.

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    Hi, i had shaving under arms 3 days back. Suddnely the next day i have got lumps kind of , under armpits right hand . I am worrying on this as it may be a cause of breast cancer.p ls advice me

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It just sounds like you have swollen lymph nodes. Did you cut yourself shaving? Are you not feeling well. The nodes will swell when they are trying to fight off infection. If all is good, or they don't go down, you should be checked out by a dr. Prayers to you.

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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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  • Kim Morse Profile

    I suspect I have inflammatory Breast cancer. Was wondering if anyone has had this and what were your symptoms?

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      Survivor since 2006

      I had IBC 10 yrs ago. At first I thought I pulled a muscle from swimming as I increased the duration and speed recently. This was 2 months prior to my diagnosis. I went to the doctor with stomach and arm pain. At rhis time no pain in breast, just under my arm. I was given antibiotics, CT ab scan...

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      I had IBC 10 yrs ago. At first I thought I pulled a muscle from swimming as I increased the duration and speed recently. This was 2 months prior to my diagnosis. I went to the doctor with stomach and arm pain. At rhis time no pain in breast, just under my arm. I was given antibiotics, CT ab scan and sent home. Ten days later I went back and complained my breast felt hard. I took a CA125 test and numbers high. I went to obgyn ten days later and now my breast was hot, painful and the bumpy orange peal. I was sent to ER immediately. A biopsy confirmed IBC and I had chemo, then mastectomy then radiation. Go to your doctor and desribe your pain or what you are feeling. I got it early, but IBC is very agressive.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      IBC is very rare. I suggest you make a doctor's appointment and get yourself checked as some testing may be in order. There are some great videos on this site that explain things in easy to understand language.

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  • Rhonda Doyle Profile

    My profile

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      I am lost! How do I get back to my profile/account page? Thanks!

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  • Laurie Evans Sobel Profile

    I'm one week post double mastectomy. IDC.. I meet with my general surgeon next week. As far as lab reports go, I only know that thankfully there was no cancer in my lymph nodes. Will chemo still be necessary?

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      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on many other factors of your particular breast cancer. We can't predict what your treatment will ultimately be. I was told I did not have cancer in my lymph nodes. Even right after surgery, my surgeon told me my lymph nodes looked clear. Unfortunately, after the pathology report...

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      It depends on many other factors of your particular breast cancer. We can't predict what your treatment will ultimately be. I was told I did not have cancer in my lymph nodes. Even right after surgery, my surgeon told me my lymph nodes looked clear. Unfortunately, after the pathology report came back, I did have cancer, microscopically in a node. It didn't change my treatment but it downgraded my stage. You really don't get a complete diagnosis until the tissue goes to pathology. Cancer is a very sneaky disease. I had 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of hormone blocking drug. I am 9 years out from treatment and cancer free. All of our cancers are u

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      I was stage 1 without node involvement. My nurse navigator (used to work at the Oncology Clinic as a triage nurse) reminded my Oncologist about an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed. She ordered it, it is quite pricey but most insurance companies cover it and if not they will work...

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      I was stage 1 without node involvement. My nurse navigator (used to work at the Oncology Clinic as a triage nurse) reminded my Oncologist about an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed. She ordered it, it is quite pricey but most insurance companies cover it and if not they will work with you to get it paid for. I came in right on the number for avoiding chemo. but in agreeing to it it lowered my recurrence rate way down so it was a no brainer for me. I was told I'd need 4-6 cycles, once every 3 weeks, and a bone boosting shot the day after infusions. Just before my 2nd infusion my Oncologist told me I could get by with 4. I also had 28 radiation treatments and have been on a hormone blocker for almost 3 years, supposed to be on it for a total of 5 so we shall see. Gather all the info. you can and do what you feel is best for you.

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    Is it common to have milky discharge and tenderness in the breast with breast cancer

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      There are numerous signs of breast cancer, I had none only changes seen on my yearly mammogram as neither one (had two areas) produced lumps. On pathology there were actually 2 other areas. Hence, any changes to one's body need to be checked by a doctor as some tests may be in order.

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    • André Roberts Profile
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      Stage 1 Patient

      My first thought is hormones, not cancer. Best to get it checked though. Prayers to you.

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  • Glenda Harris Profile

    Can tissue expanders cause gas like pain in the center between your back when they leak

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Survivor since 2007

      Glenda,
      You need to get a hold of your surgeon right now. I didn't have reconstruction but you need to consult your doctor.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My sentiments exactly as you don't want it to be a "major" problem.

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  • Sylvi Clark Profile

    Ladies! My friend has no insurance and needs a Mamogram urgent! We are in south Florida any ideas?

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      Hi Sylvi,

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has a network of hospitals that provide free mammograms via NBCF funding. We have several facilities in Florida that you may want to look into further. Please check out the following link:...

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      Hi Sylvi,

      The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has a network of hospitals that provide free mammograms via NBCF funding. We have several facilities in Florida that you may want to look into further. Please check out the following link: www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/patient-services

      Your friend will be in our thoughts and prayers!

      Sincerely,

      Samantha

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Survivor since 2007

      Contact the American Cancer Society. They will be able to point her in the right direction. Take care, Sharon

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  • Fara Alia Profile

    my mom finished her radiation. on her second last rads, her incision cut opened up. since the next day is her last rads so the dr. decided to just continue with it. the incision cut that opened up will heal right? but it takes time. am I right?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Fara,
      So sorry to hear your Mom has had this complication so close to the end of her treatment. Yes, it will heal but may take additional care and always look for signs of infection.... swelling, discharge, heat. Have her contact her doctor at the least signs of this. The skin really takes a...

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      Fara,
      So sorry to hear your Mom has had this complication so close to the end of her treatment. Yes, it will heal but may take additional care and always look for signs of infection.... swelling, discharge, heat. Have her contact her doctor at the least signs of this. The skin really takes a beating during radiation treatments. Some women's skin can be affected worse than others. You Mom will heal, just make sure she doesn't ignore signs of infection!
      Take care, Sharon

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      Ask your surgeon for their opinion. 😊

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    mom had radical mastectomy along witn 23 lymph nodes out of which 20 were cancer doctor said to go for chemo but my mom refuced and started hormone therapy as suh her tumor is hormon responsive. Is that possible to treat her with hormons in her 3c stage ?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Tamoxifen is more of a maintenance drug for hormone positive cancer.(usually started after chemo/radiation/surgery are done) It blocks estrogen from being made. This is what the cancer feeds off of. Along with surgery will this be enough? No, I don't think so. If her dr's are recommending chemo,...

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      Tamoxifen is more of a maintenance drug for hormone positive cancer.(usually started after chemo/radiation/surgery are done) It blocks estrogen from being made. This is what the cancer feeds off of. Along with surgery will this be enough? No, I don't think so. If her dr's are recommending chemo, she needs it. Possibly radiation too. Why doesn't she want to do chemo? It's really not as bad as you think it is. Most people even continue working all during treatment. So many new drugs are available to combat nausea. Sure she may get tired and may need a nap. Hair loss? So what! It's nice not having to shave your legs, deal with hair styling. Wash and go! Or, wear a wig, hat or a scarf. It's all temporary. There is a lot of life ahead of her, if she wants it. Ultimately, it is her decision. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Survivor since 2007

      Anush, I completely remember you and your very difficult struggle to get your mom out of another country to get treatment because there was none where you are from. It saddens me to hear your mom, after all of your struggles, is now refusing life prolonging treatment. Chemotherapy goes through...

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      Anush, I completely remember you and your very difficult struggle to get your mom out of another country to get treatment because there was none where you are from. It saddens me to hear your mom, after all of your struggles, is now refusing life prolonging treatment. Chemotherapy goes through the entire body killing cancer cells that have escaped the original tumor and lymph nodes. The hormone blocking drug is only effective blocking some of the "fuel" these escaped cancer cell needs to feed off of. It does NOT block 100% of hormones, just lessons the amount. Your mom's cancer at 3C is very advanced. She needs to take advantage of every treatment open to her. There are women who choose to go this way. My best friend did the same and died from her disease. Your mom is probably very afraid of the side effects of chemotherapy.... but it is her life to ultimately make these types of decisions. I hate to see someone give up like this. Her disease is very advanced and the cancer will eventually, probably, win. I feel extremely sorry for you, most of all. You did get her to treatment which was a hard fought battle, in itself. You have shown how much you love your mom and I am sorry she is giving up the full war she could have waged. I'd keep working on her.... as I know you will. You are an incredibly strong woman with great caring and bravery in your heart. God's Blessings to you. Take care, Sharon

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  • Margaret  Rees-Evans Profile

    after right mastectomy and removal of lymp nodes.since than the right arm is swollen and painful,please advise what to do

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      How long has it been since your surgery? You may be dealing with lymphoma. Contact your surgeon and talk to him/her about the pain and swelling. You may need a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in treating that outcome.
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Sounds like it could be lymphedema but I'm not a doctor. You need to let yours know as you probably need a consult with an Occupational Therapist who specializes in draining exercises for the arm of backed up lymph.

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    Pls, i started having mild pain in my both breasts and some time in my armpit, thus that means a cancer

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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 needed.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Have it checked by your doctor. My cancer was not painful before diagnoses. It was found at my yearly. It could many different things but have it checked so whatever it is can be dealt with.

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    Can you get implants after a radiated breast? Has anyone done this?

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, it can be done. I didn't have rads, but I'm sure others will chime in soon. Prayers to you.

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      100% YES. I had a lumpectomy & 35 Rad treatments in 2012. Cancer reappeared in 2014 so I decided to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. My Dr informed me my skin was a little tighter on radiated breast so I wouldn't be able to go really big with implants. I was a 34B...

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      100% YES. I had a lumpectomy & 35 Rad treatments in 2012. Cancer reappeared in 2014 so I decided to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. My Dr informed me my skin was a little tighter on radiated breast so I wouldn't be able to go really big with implants. I was a 34B originally & that's what I ended up with. I'm very satisfied with the end result Most literature & Dr will say it's not possible but I'm walking proof it is. 🙏🏾

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