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

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    Who is Loraine day and what is this idea of nutrition over chemo ?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I have no idea who Loraine day is and in my opinion sure good nutrition will help but it can't do what chemo. does to kill any cancer left.

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    • kerrie wilson Profile
      anonymous
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      There are so many schools of thought. I'm getting my medi port put in me and I will be starting chemo soon. I just wonder if anyone heard about nutrition cure. I know a lady going in that direction.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    What does "Grade"3 mean ?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some excellent videos on this site that explains things in easy to understand language.

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  • kristin ehrhardt Profile

    What are treatment estragen positive, progesterone positive breast cancer who had surgery are were told they " got it out"?? I'm still scared.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer is unique to them therefore everyone's treatment(s) is different. I had surgery, chemo, radiation, and am now on a hormone blocking pill for at least 5 years. You may have some of those or perhaps all of them.

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    So my last day of chemo is Thursday so happy to be done but really scared though this whole thing I been so positive. But now I kind of down about it I just really scared that I going to get cancer again is this normal

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Lacy, we are all scared it will come back. Think positive thoughts and do things that make you feel good and you will be OK. Take care of yourself, Betti

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    My husband has just been diagnosed with stage 4 IDC I am so shocked. How do you deal with this?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Be there for him and if he needs to talk listen and if he needs to cry hold him.

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    Why is there such a long.wait after the biopsy till you get to see the surgeon. I.am losing my mind. Just want to find out how bad this is and when can I get it out of me. 2.5 ccm lump with.one.suspicious lymph node.testing positive. All I do is.cr

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It all depends on the Surgeon's schedule and perhaps too to get an approval from your insurance company. I know it's hard to wait for these things but they do take some time. Please try to relax some, I understand it's hard but you will be OK.

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      anonymous
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      Hi Kathy I cried a lot too at first but these ladies & faith & family is what got me thru. It took a week to get biopsy results but I knew it was positive. I had low grade & no node involvement so no chemo. You can do this. I Stayed positive & focused on living.

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  • Donabel Dellosa Profile

    Anyone had enlarged heart with herceptin

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  • Kathryn Hancock Profile

    How long after a breast biopsy do you get the results?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Every place is different. I had 2 biopsies on 2 different areas a couple of weeks apart and my doctors had the report the next day but then the place had a pathology lab.

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    • kerrie wilson Profile
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      It's been over a week I have the Jackson-Pratt drain still in me and they still haven't given me what stage my cancer is. It has already been one full week after the surgery and I'm looking forward to getting the pathology report SOON

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    Jackson Pratt Drain. Does anyone have one ?

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    • Betti A Profile
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      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is? I had 2 after my unilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. The nurses showed me how to maintain them and what to do at home. I had to measure the fluid in the bulbs at least twice a day, more often if they were full, record the measurements, and take those in when I...

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      Your question is? I had 2 after my unilateral mastectomy with lymph node dissection. The nurses showed me how to maintain them and what to do at home. I had to measure the fluid in the bulbs at least twice a day, more often if they were full, record the measurements, and take those in when I saw the Surgeon 5 days post op. Even though I had very little drainage she elected to leave them in for 5 more days as she didn't want to have to go back in and reinsert them. Twice later she did have to remove a small seroma using a syringe and needle. Every doctor has their own protocol of how much drainage is too much for how long the drains are left in.

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      anonymous
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      If your trying to purchase it eBay

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  • LC. S Profile

    I will be having a double mastectomy soon I need advise in what I will need or what to expect.

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      I had reconstruction @ the time of my double mastectomy. It was really painful but doable. I hear just mastectomy isn't so bad. You'll have drains which are a pain but only 4 a short time. Button up shirt loose clothing & someone to help you the 1st2 weeks. My scars were interesting to look at...

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      I had reconstruction @ the time of my double mastectomy. It was really painful but doable. I hear just mastectomy isn't so bad. You'll have drains which are a pain but only 4 a short time. Button up shirt loose clothing & someone to help you the 1st2 weeks. My scars were interesting to look at but you get use to them.

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  • Betti A Profile

    Anyone heard of a possible delayed jaw healing due to Fosamax?

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    Survivor since 2013
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      cont.)I broke a piece off of a tooth last Friday, had broken a different area of the same tooth 7 months ago that was repaired. When I saw my dentist today I told him I was leaning towards pulling it and he agreed that is my best option. However, he also told me due to the Fosamax I'm on he is...

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      cont.)I broke a piece off of a tooth last Friday, had broken a different area of the same tooth 7 months ago that was repaired. When I saw my dentist today I told him I was leaning towards pulling it and he agreed that is my best option. However, he also told me due to the Fosamax I'm on he is referring me to an Oral Surgeon since Fosamax or any other biophosphonate product in rare cases can delay the healing of the jaw bone. Now I just have to wait a few days before calling the office he gave me info. on. to set up an appointment. Any others out there have similar issues, thanks?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Well, I had my tooth pulled today with just a local anesthetic and did OK. In talking with the Oral Surgeon I guess in early studies products with biophosphonate in them were tied to possible jaw death. He said it's basically because unlike most meds. that are metabolized in the liver and then...

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      Well, I had my tooth pulled today with just a local anesthetic and did OK. In talking with the Oral Surgeon I guess in early studies products with biophosphonate in them were tied to possible jaw death. He said it's basically because unlike most meds. that are metabolized in the liver and then excreted those products have a long half life and too much can lead to the destruction of one's jaw. He felt I'd be OK as I haven't been on it for a period of more than 5 years at this point. I'll see him again in a couple of weeks for a recheck but he told me to hold off taking the Fosamax for a month to be safe.

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    Anyone with TNBC who did not get chemo, and if so why and how are you doing?

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      I had double mastectomy 3 weeks ago and have decided no chemo for tnbc. The biopsy I had basically took out the entire tumor. It was very small; .5mm left in the breast. I was BRCA1 positive. Have already had chemo from the ovarian cancer I had 5 years ago. My doctor said she was ok with nit...

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      I had double mastectomy 3 weeks ago and have decided no chemo for tnbc. The biopsy I had basically took out the entire tumor. It was very small; .5mm left in the breast. I was BRCA1 positive. Have already had chemo from the ovarian cancer I had 5 years ago. My doctor said she was ok with nit doing the chemo based in the size. Can't give you long term prognosis as it is recent but this was my decision.

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    There's a sore clump in my left breast, my nipple retracted some, the pain comes and goes, the other day I squeezed my nipple and a little clear watery discharge came out. Is this breast cancer?

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    14 days 1 answer
    • Kate Marie Profile
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      Hi Maddie,
      There are some instances where lumps or masses are painful, some where the nipples have discharge. But thosedo not prove you have cancer. They are definitely why you need to be checked out soon. Look at it like any other problem, when your body is trying to heal, sometimes it needs...

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      Hi Maddie,
      There are some instances where lumps or masses are painful, some where the nipples have discharge. But thosedo not prove you have cancer. They are definitely why you need to be checked out soon. Look at it like any other problem, when your body is trying to heal, sometimes it needs help. A sinus infection can lead to upper respiratory infection, can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. So, call your ob/gyn or call a breast cancer foundation in your area and get help in healing. Sending you prayers. And try to find positive in every step along the way. Postive thoughts are healing thoughts, and bring more positive energy around you.

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    Could I have breast cancer? over a month ago, i got this sort of clump up in one of my breasts and it became pretty sore to the touch and sometimes when i wouldn't touch it. the soreness goes and comes. i realized my nipple kind of retracted, i'm not s

    Asked by anonymous

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    14 days 2 answers
    • 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 needed.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would find a good thermagram place...to have it scanned. I had something similar and the first time it was not BC...they concluded cysts after the most painful mammo ever... A year went by with lump and pain coming and going....another mammography and more radiation and this past Dec. and Yep...

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      I would find a good thermagram place...to have it scanned. I had something similar and the first time it was not BC...they concluded cysts after the most painful mammo ever... A year went by with lump and pain coming and going....another mammography and more radiation and this past Dec. and Yep you guessed it... highly aggressive invasive BC!

      Do not panic but do not wait around or assume it is a cyst, even if you have had them before. Good luck, God be with you!

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  • Maddie Stoeplman Profile

    Could I have breast cancer?

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    14 days 1 answer
    • Kate Marie Profile
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      Maddie, I sent you a response on your other question where you gave more detail. 💜

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  • Tammy Lethbridge Profile

    How sick do you get from chemo thank you

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    Survivor since 2017
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  • Tammy Lethbridge Profile

    Hi my name is Tammy  I start my chemo on the 17th how sick do you get thank you

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Tammy. Everyone is different and everyone's chemo is different even through we may have the same cancer !!!

      I have never taken drugs or drank alcohol.. so I think my body went into shock with 6 rounds of Chemo !!

      I didn't cope very well , and after every infusion I got worser !!!...

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      Tammy. Everyone is different and everyone's chemo is different even through we may have the same cancer !!!

      I have never taken drugs or drank alcohol.. so I think my body went into shock with 6 rounds of Chemo !!

      I didn't cope very well , and after every infusion I got worser !!! ::)). Especially the first 7 days after each session.

      Don't worry about anyone else but yourself during treatment.. you don't need compare yourself with others .. who Is sicker , who has no hair , who is crying over the needles !! This is a 1 person race 🏁. You will win !!!::))

      But I would do it again !! It has extended my life span !! Hopefully !! ( I was Stage 3 b)

      You have to be so strong on the inside to bet this cancer , and I don't think we give ourselves enough praise .. for going through all the crap stuff !!

      You are and will be a survivor!! You will become mentally and spiritually and physically stronger !!
      So as they said. " short time pain for long term gain "!!

      Good luck 🌷

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I never really had any issues with my chemo. meds. The only slight one was my first infusion and the first med. was started I got an immediate hot flash. I told the nurse about it and she slowed the rate down and it went away very quickly, it never occurred after that. Everyone's body handles...

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      I never really had any issues with my chemo. meds. The only slight one was my first infusion and the first med. was started I got an immediate hot flash. I told the nurse about it and she slowed the rate down and it went away very quickly, it never occurred after that. Everyone's body handles the drugs differently so what may have occurred in one person won't occur in you.

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  • teresa ralph Profile

    anyone have some good healing meditation downloads or ones for anxiety they would like to share?

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    • Rosemary Armour Profile
      anonymous
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      I use an app insight timer. Has many guided mediation. I use the guides sometimes . Has a great timer with choices for sounds . I use basic bell. I fall asleep to eternal steam. You can see how many people are meditating at the same time from all over the world - which for some reason I find...

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      I use an app insight timer. Has many guided mediation. I use the guides sometimes . Has a great timer with choices for sounds . I use basic bell. I fall asleep to eternal steam. You can see how many people are meditating at the same time from all over the world - which for some reason I find comforting. Hope this helps. Nameste

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  • teresa ralph Profile

    does anyone know how histology grade affects prognosis?

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    15 days 3 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Hell no. Your not dying !!!! Everyone is concern for you . Just tell the cancer is found and that's the most important thing ... the stage will come after all tests are completed!!!

      In Oct 2013. Even though I had all the tests done my last surgery .. they didn't realise that the tumour...

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      Hell no. Your not dying !!!! Everyone is concern for you . Just tell the cancer is found and that's the most important thing ... the stage will come after all tests are completed!!!

      In Oct 2013. Even though I had all the tests done my last surgery .. they didn't realise that the tumour was bigger than first thought . So in the end I was Stage 3 b. After surgery , Chemo ,radiation and tablets (for the next 10 years)!!!!and 3 years .onwards ......my life is great , working full time in a manually physically and mentally hard job !!!.

      So think positive and that is so important!!! Tell everyone who is saying anything else but being positive .....to move on ... cause you need support from family and Friend s ....

      So deal with the cancer .. and have a long , happy life ..you'll be stronger on the inside and you'll feel empowered as you'll be a ......Survivor...!!! 🌷

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That sounds like a question for your doctor.

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  • Lou Cam Profile

    For people on anti-estrogens, does your doctor recommend 5 years or 10 years of treatment?

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    Survivor since 2013
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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I started on in December, 2011. Past five year mark in December, 2016. Because I have had no side effects and continue to have great bone density, my medical oncologist recommended the ten years. That is what my plan is.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was told 5 years when I started in '13 so I'm closing in on that number. In asking my then RT about it right after starting them he said they are doing some studies to see if 10 may be better but he's no longer with the group so I'll ask my Onc. when I see her in July if I remember.

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    I'm 30 years old , when I or my husband press on my Brest it discharge salty white water, is it serious for me ? Please answer

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

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

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  • Venkat Ramana Profile

    In mammogram it came lymphnode is in short axis 7.5mm is noted.and rest of diagnosis is normal to mom.what does it mean please help me

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor and that is who should be telling her what the report means. I used to do mammograms and it appears to me it means the size of the lymph node measured was 7.5 mm in a short axis measurement.

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