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    I have a lump on my left breast for long time which neither painful nor creat any problem. Is it may breast cancer. To whom should i consult.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor, primary care or Gyn as some testing may be needed.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Start with your primary care doctor. He/she will make the decision for further diagnosis or treatment. We can't tell you if a lump is breast cancer or not. Breast cancer can present with a lump.... or not. It can be painful.... or not. It comes in all forms and symptoms... or not. The best...

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      Start with your primary care doctor. He/she will make the decision for further diagnosis or treatment. We can't tell you if a lump is breast cancer or not. Breast cancer can present with a lump.... or not. It can be painful.... or not. It comes in all forms and symptoms... or not. The best thing to do is to check with your doctor if you feel a lump and not wait. If it does turn out to be cancer, the sooner you have it treated, the better. Breast cancer can easily spread to many parts of the body and makes treatment so much more difficult. Just because it doesn't create a problem, doesn't mean it should be ignored. Most lumps turn out to be benign (non-cancer) but you can't tell what is benign and what is a full blown breast cancer. Check with your doctor immediately. Take care, Sharon

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    i have had stage one breast cancer and have gome through treatment, but was also told i have triple negative. What does that mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 11 hours 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It means your tumor had Estrogen/Progesterone/HER2 factors that were all negative is my understanding so it wasn't fed by hormones.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You can check on this site for an explanation of triple negative. You can also "google" it. Just type in "triple negative breast cancer" and come up with a zillion articles on it. Basically, Betti has boiled it down to what it is. What is means, takes the explanation. Take care, Sharon

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    breath holding for radiation

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I don't remember having to hold my breath during rads.

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My treatment took about 5 minutes. I can't hold my breath that long.

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    ihave had lumps and pain in my left breast for years the pain. has gotton worse and my skin has been itching could this be breast cancer

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Years. Why not get an answer?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Have you ever told your doctor about this? I would get an appointment to be checked. I also had similar lumps and itching in my breast that eventually was diagnosed with breast cancer. It, too went on for years. Best be proactive and have it checked. Take care, Sharon

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    How many of you are feeling fatigued a year after breast cancer and treatment

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed 1/25/2011. It took me about a year to start feeling energy. I still have days days I can't get out of my own way. Tamoxifen Takes it out of me some days. I just go with it as long as long as it is only a couple days. If it goes to long look into depression or a health issue.

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    • Gillian Ashworth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm one year out from treatment and still feel fatigued. I actually almost posted this question yesterday. I'm not too bad, exercising 4-5 days per week and going about my normal routine...but find I have moments during the day where I could lay down for a nap. Sometimes I feel a little nauseous...

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      I'm one year out from treatment and still feel fatigued. I actually almost posted this question yesterday. I'm not too bad, exercising 4-5 days per week and going about my normal routine...but find I have moments during the day where I could lay down for a nap. Sometimes I feel a little nauseous too. I'm going to speak to my oncologist about it on a few weeks when I see him. I'm sure it's normal. I read somewhere that your body takes a while to repair itself from all the treatment.

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    Did anyone had face tingling during Taxol? Also what about cycle? I feel the pain but no cycle. I'm taking steroids could that be?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Neuropathy (tingling, numbness in extremities) is not uncommon during Taxol treatment. Be sure you talk to your care team about this side effect. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No face tingling but tingling in finger tips and feet due to neuropathy

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  • Dawn Long  Profile

    Has anyone tried marijuana for pain cause from taxol?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    3 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's worth a try. I hope it works for you. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I've heard that a lot of people have gotten great results with medical marijuann a products for nausea , loss of appetite and insomnia. My niece over to Washington and she said that it is legal there and covered by insurance if prescribed by a doctor.

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  • odislainys ravelo Profile

    Im 26 yrs old and in my right breast i have 3 to 4 lumps my breast hurt normaly but most when my period is coming it hurt less with my braw on I need to know if this could be breast cancer please let me know thank you

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
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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. We aren't doctors here and can't really surmise what it may or may not be.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with the others. We don't know what this is and even doctors need to do testing to diagnose . Please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Take care, Sharon

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  • sharon s Profile

    I haven't had a period since march of 2013. Surprise. It's back. It's been eleven months since my last infusion. Guess I'm back to normal. :)

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I stopped needing deodorant while I was receiving infusions which was for quite a while but now that I on oral chemo suddenly I need it on the nonsurgical side and that I have vaginal secretions. I take this as a good sign.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. I had similar responses.

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    i am only 20 .. my left sided breast has become larger than the right one.. is it a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Our best advice would be to have this checked. This could be --just you-- or not. When in doubt, make an appointment with your doctor. We know this is scary but this is what needs to be done throughout your life. When something isn't normal for you, have your doctor check. My way of thinking...

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      Our best advice would be to have this checked. This could be --just you-- or not. When in doubt, make an appointment with your doctor. We know this is scary but this is what needs to be done throughout your life. When something isn't normal for you, have your doctor check. My way of thinking through any of these things that come up.... if it doesn't go away in 2 weeks, I go to the doctor and have them check me. We all worry about cancer and number one on our worry list. There is also a ba-zillion other things it could be. The best thing to do is check with your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Most if not all women have one breast a little larger than the other one. If you are concerned see your doctor for an exam to make sure it is nothing.

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    has anyone had to get therapy to get full motion of arms back afted double mast. And will my posture improve. I am not doing reconstruction but I am still on my chemo treatments and have radiation afterwards.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Hi there .... I also have had a double with no reconstruction, I finished chemo , radiation this year .. So I know what you are going through... Ask your doctor to send you to a O.T. Or physio who will teach you some movement / excises to get full movements in your arms .. They will show you some...

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      Hi there .... I also have had a double with no reconstruction, I finished chemo , radiation this year .. So I know what you are going through... Ask your doctor to send you to a O.T. Or physio who will teach you some movement / excises to get full movements in your arms .. They will show you some stretching excises cause Cording can be a issue ... I did a loads of stretching in a warm shower . Also if you loss any nodes ask them about Lymphedema and maybe you have to get some pressure garments for your arm ...... But .... Things that time to heal and going through chemo was so bad for me then radiation has its own issues !!!... You do become stronger both physically and mentally.. I remember I couldn't even use spray on deodorant cause I felt so weak ... But now 18 mths from first surgery , I'm working full time list most of my chemo water weight and feel confident in having no boobs .. You just have to learn what neckline suits you so when you bend over other people can't see your toes !!!!! Relax get better and you'll be a strong healthy sexy women again soon. Good luck :::)))))

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hi - they had me meet with a physical therapist before my double mastectomy so she could assess where I was before surgery and then give me some exercises to do after I got my drains out for range of motion recovery. BIG help! We met one more time and she gave me a couple more exercises to do,...

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      Hi - they had me meet with a physical therapist before my double mastectomy so she could assess where I was before surgery and then give me some exercises to do after I got my drains out for range of motion recovery. BIG help! We met one more time and she gave me a couple more exercises to do, and I used them after each of my surgeries when I was doing reconstruction. I'd never had PT before for anything, and was glad for this. All the best to you.

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    I was in the breast dr in feb feeling somethjng again not for sure of should I go ? Or wait too see if it goes away ? My mother had breast cancer !

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      DO NOT WAIT. Have it checked. 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. It could be your primary care doctor or Gyn., doesn't have to be a breast doctor.

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    after left breast masectomy,chemo,radation,hysterectomy are you handicap/disabled

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are what you think you are. I am sure you could talk yourself into feeling and thinking you are disabled. There is a part of wellness that comes from your mind. I am 67, 8 years out of treatment, have a farm and take care of my 7 horses. Disabled? NO WAY!
      Don't think of your glass as...

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      You are what you think you are. I am sure you could talk yourself into feeling and thinking you are disabled. There is a part of wellness that comes from your mind. I am 67, 8 years out of treatment, have a farm and take care of my 7 horses. Disabled? NO WAY!
      Don't think of your glass as half empty, you beat cancer... go out and live your life. Find a passion and live it. Take care, Sharon

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Oh goodness ..."NO"... I had a double mast with radiation, chemo ,lumpodeama , and a staph infection from my surgery ....all treatments finished this time last year ... Went back to full- time work ( I'm a correctional officer ) while I have to be careful with making sure I get no infections In...

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      Oh goodness ..."NO"... I had a double mast with radiation, chemo ,lumpodeama , and a staph infection from my surgery ....all treatments finished this time last year ... Went back to full- time work ( I'm a correctional officer ) while I have to be careful with making sure I get no infections In my arm as I lost about 10 nodes , and my chest sometimes pulls and gets some stabbing pains .. From nerve damage .... I'm not disable and I make sure no one treats me any differently than they did before ... After Cancer you become stronger mentally and even through our body may look different ... Watch out cause we can rule the world :))))

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    I have pain in my breast and along the side of breast , a little bruise on left breast, and just looking im the mirror I see lumps, my husband and I felt several lumps , i did have uterine cancer 2013-2014, I am only 32 .

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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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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      They are red flags to see a doctor not cancer. You Should have any changes in your breasts checked by a doctor because it could be lots of things besides cancer.

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    Had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction May 13,2015 , no cancer in lympnoids!! In a lot of pain,still have drain tubes!! How long am I going to be like this?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Many women have trouble with the drains. You really need to talk to your doctor about your discomfort. Hang in there.... things will get better but unfortunately, we can't predict when. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree, once the drains are out you will feel better. Have you tried the slings to hold the bulbs up.....it really helps to take away the pressure that can cause pain. My drains were in for about two weeks, they are very important to allow as much drainage as possible so that you don't get fluid...

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      I agree, once the drains are out you will feel better. Have you tried the slings to hold the bulbs up.....it really helps to take away the pressure that can cause pain. My drains were in for about two weeks, they are very important to allow as much drainage as possible so that you don't get fluid build up after they take them out so don't be in a hurry. Like one girl said, you WIll forget the pain just like child birth. I won't say it's not going to be a long process but well worth the worry it literally and physically takes off your shoulders. You will become very close to your plastic surgeon since the reconstruction process takes almost a year to complete. No one mentioned that to me. You will get through this and come out of it feeling blessed to have survived.

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    I have pain in my arm pit and it seems to feel like it is moving toward my breast. I haven't done anything to make it feel like this and it's been going on for two months. I have what I feel is a knot and i also have a pinkish color in one spot too.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I'm with Norma..... you need to see your doctor now. Breast changes can be lots of things other than cancer BUT, please have yourself checked asap. "A knot" is a little term for "Lump" which should be checked. The discoloration is another source of concern. Please make an appointment. Take...

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      I'm with Norma..... you need to see your doctor now. Breast changes can be lots of things other than cancer BUT, please have yourself checked asap. "A knot" is a little term for "Lump" which should be checked. The discoloration is another source of concern. Please make an appointment. Take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had pain and pinkness also, that started at the site of the lymph node removal. It began to hurt and feel hard and pink. I went to my doctor and had an infection called cellulitis. It had looked like it had healed perfectly, but became infected below the skin surface. I was on antibiotics...

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      I had pain and pinkness also, that started at the site of the lymph node removal. It began to hurt and feel hard and pink. I went to my doctor and had an infection called cellulitis. It had looked like it had healed perfectly, but became infected below the skin surface. I was on antibiotics for a while, and ended up having to have frequent wound care to get it resolved.

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    Read my profile, please... I am a concerned woman, I would like to know if my symptoms are red flags? I am concerned, please

    Asked by anonymous

    6 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I am unable to read your profile. We aren't doctors but your concerns should be discussed with yours.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Don't waste any more time, get in to see your doctor. You are worried, and have concerns, like Betti says, we can't diagnose what is going on. Please get up the courage to make an appointment, that is the ONLY way you are going to find out what this is. I also can't read your profile. Stop...

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      Don't waste any more time, get in to see your doctor. You are worried, and have concerns, like Betti says, we can't diagnose what is going on. Please get up the courage to make an appointment, that is the ONLY way you are going to find out what this is. I also can't read your profile. Stop this worrying right now and schedule with your doctor. Take care, Sharon

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    what is the percentage of ceorable of a Breast cancer patient having gread 2b ?

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

      I was diagnosed as a 2B and still alive after 8 years. Women need to look at most breast cancer as a nasty disease but NOT a killer. Over the years, there have been so many changes in treatment and so many lives saved. We are all going to die, of something, but even with a diagnosis of breast...

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      I was diagnosed as a 2B and still alive after 8 years. Women need to look at most breast cancer as a nasty disease but NOT a killer. Over the years, there have been so many changes in treatment and so many lives saved. We are all going to die, of something, but even with a diagnosis of breast cancer, chances are good, a woman is not going to die of breast cancer.
      Have hope and faith you will go through treatment live a long full life. Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Breast cancer isn't the death sentence it used to be. Only God knows when we pass. You best hope for a cure is to work closely with your doctors exercise, watch your weight, and live like everyday is a gift.

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  • kellyanne mclaughlin Profile

    I stopped my Exemestane and have tons of some one wants them

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Unused meds. shouldn't be passed onto someone who wants them as they may not be what they need.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Whatever you do; don't flush them down the toilet they are pollutants .

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    My mom is having a really hard time with body pain, she just starting taking Taxol. What can she do to relieve the pain?

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      She needs to discuss this with her doctor as every doctor has their own protocols for such things. What may work for me won't work for her.

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    • Sue Boston Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      I will have my 9th Taxol tomorrow and like Betti said, she should discuss this with her doctor. Personally, I push myself through it, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay active, the more you sit or lay, the worse it seems, for me anyway. I have issues with my feet hurting, my knees pop...

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      I will have my 9th Taxol tomorrow and like Betti said, she should discuss this with her doctor. Personally, I push myself through it, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay active, the more you sit or lay, the worse it seems, for me anyway. I have issues with my feet hurting, my knees pop now and my back has spasms every once in a while but I see Taxol as it going in to kick some cancer butt, so I'm hoping that these will all go away soon after my last treatment. I hope she finds what works best for her, but staying hydrated is very important!

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    what are the numbers of chemotherapy have to take a patient having breast cancer grade 2b ?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      There is no set number as everyone's treatment is individualized depending on various factors of the tumor, etc. I was originally told I'd need 4-6 but just before my 2nd one I was told I could get by with 4 and that made me most happy. I know someone who had colon cancer but she ended up...

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      There is no set number as everyone's treatment is individualized depending on various factors of the tumor, etc. I was originally told I'd need 4-6 but just before my 2nd one I was told I could get by with 4 and that made me most happy. I know someone who had colon cancer but she ended up allergic to the chemo. drugs (not sure how many she had before it occurred or if it was with her first one so she couldn't do it). BTW-I was graded 1c.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      These days..... breast cancer is treated on an individual level depending on your specific cells. Doctor's do not rely on the "shotgun" approach or one treatment fits all, thankfully. It is much more targeted to you as an individual. Your doctor will look at the many tests you have run and make...

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      These days..... breast cancer is treated on an individual level depending on your specific cells. Doctor's do not rely on the "shotgun" approach or one treatment fits all, thankfully. It is much more targeted to you as an individual. Your doctor will look at the many tests you have run and make a decision based on the type of breast cancer, the stage, grade, what type of surgery you have and the hormone status of your tumor. This is a question you will have answered by your oncologist based on your cancer.
      Take care, Sharon

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    I have recently been told that I have to wait FIVE YEARS after chemo /radio treatment before I can have ANY laser removal of facial hair which has appeared. I always intended to have my mustache done. Is this true? Also how long before I can get a small

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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did laser 3 months after rads. You can wax until then. I got monkey face after chemo and that is how I dealt with it. I have tattoos. I waited 6 months after rads to tattoo. To let my skin to heal from treatment because my skin was sooooo dry and cracking and nails needed to recoup.
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      I did laser 3 months after rads. You can wax until then. I got monkey face after chemo and that is how I dealt with it. I have tattoos. I waited 6 months after rads to tattoo. To let my skin to heal from treatment because my skin was sooooo dry and cracking and nails needed to recoup.
      The only thing that is really important DO NOT put a tattoo on the arm that had lymph nodes removed. A tattoo is a wound and can be infected.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I looked into laser hair removal last year as I've always had my share of facial hair even before my diagnosis. Nothing was said about waiting 5 years but they were unable to help me anyway since my hair is light colored and I guess the lasers they have now don't recognize it.

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    I will be done with Chemo in the next couple of weeks and was wondering, do I get my Oncologist Nurse something? I know that taking care of patients is what she does and she gets paid to do that, but she has been awesome. Not sure what is correct.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I think it would be a wonderful gesture if you would. Showing appreciation is never incorrect.
      Congratulations on completing a tough course of treatment. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I did and it made me feel good knowing how well she treated me. I also gave a little something to the OT who did my evaluation to see if I had any signs of lymphedema.

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    I've had an inverted nipple my whole life, and I have a slight pain every now and then beneath it. I'm 21 years old. Is this normal for someone who naturally has in inverted nip? I'm embarrassed to tell my mom about this and worried to go to the doctors.

    Asked by anonymous

    9 days 4 answers
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    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      At your age you can make your own doctor appointments. At your next yearly check up with the gyn he/she should be doing a breast check. If you haven't been doing you female yearly find a gyn and get a breast check.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Make an appointment with your doctor. This is of concern to YOU. You don't have to tell you mother about this if it embarrasses you. You are an adult and should have this checked. We can't tell you what is wrong and why this is happening. We certainly can't tell you this is all right and...

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      Make an appointment with your doctor. This is of concern to YOU. You don't have to tell you mother about this if it embarrasses you. You are an adult and should have this checked. We can't tell you what is wrong and why this is happening. We certainly can't tell you this is all right and nothing to worry about. If I were you, I would see why this is happening.
      Take care, Sharon

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