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  • Ruth Feeney Baldwin Staggs Profile

    What is prognosis for idc and ilc in the same breast with 3 tumors?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Ruth, it is not a bit uncommon to have different types of breast cancer and multiple tumors in a breast. As for prognosis..... no one can predict the future. I can assure you, breast cancer unlike some other cancers are very treatable and I wouldn't start planning my demise just yet. I would...

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      Ruth, it is not a bit uncommon to have different types of breast cancer and multiple tumors in a breast. As for prognosis..... no one can predict the future. I can assure you, breast cancer unlike some other cancers are very treatable and I wouldn't start planning my demise just yet. I would advise you to stay off the internet and trying to do your own research on your particular diagnosis because you are far from having your complete diagnosis. There are multiple factors that go into making up a treatment for you. Every single one of us has had a different diagnosis. Every treatment plan is made up, individually just for each one of us. You can't make a blanket statement for anything with this disease, except on a cellular level, we are completely different. We may have the same type of breast cancer and stage, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. I am nine years out from treatment. I still hang around just as proof, breast cancer isn't a killer as it once was. Do not think in percentages of survival. You think in plans for the future. At first, I thought I had run into a wall of the end of my life. Nope.... still here, healthy, happy, and wanting to reassure you, there is LIFE after breast cancer treatment. My diagnosis was IDC with elements of ILC. Mine was rather aggressive, and had spread to a lymph node. Oh well.... I had surgery, went through treatment, and am still typing. My best advice is to ask your oncologist to EXPLAIN your diagnosis in detail. Take a spouse or friend with you to your consultations, have them take notes. Do not bring a complicated pathology report to us because we are not doctors. You have to be your own best advocate, ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE TO EXPLAIN IT ALL TO YOU!!!! You will not be bothering them, that is their job. This is not the end of your life, it is the beginning of your life after having breast cancer. Take care, keep us posted. Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. I had 2 tumors we biopsied right next to each other that were an area of IDC and one of DCIS. In the surgical specimen they also found a 2nd area of IDC and one of LCIS. I had elected to do a mastectomy. My surgeon also removed 8 lymph nodes that were all...

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      Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. I had 2 tumors we biopsied right next to each other that were an area of IDC and one of DCIS. In the surgical specimen they also found a 2nd area of IDC and one of LCIS. I had elected to do a mastectomy. My surgeon also removed 8 lymph nodes that were all negative. I completed 4 cycles of chemo., 28 rounds of rads. and am now on a hormone blocker for 5 years. Everyone's cancer is different so your treatment(s) will be just for you and no one else. You need to be discussing your options with your team and see what they come up with for you, you will be OK.

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  • Darla Elliott Pruitt Profile

    I completed the AC for IDC breast cancer. 12 treatments of Taxol is next. I Didn't nt want to do taxol. I can't go to the neuropathy in my feet) or chemistry bran or more sore mouth. What is the real risk with 1A breast cancer???

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor has ordered what they feel is right for your cancer. As to those side effects you may or may not experience them as everyone is different. I did a TC regimen and those were listed as possible side effects with it too but I never had any. Talk with your doctor(s) about your concerns.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually...

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      As much as you want answers, we don't have them. If you read through the PDR about any drug on the market, the side effects will blow you over. Just because there are pages of side effect for Taxol, it still does not mean you will suffer those. As Betti says, we are all different. Usually what will happen, if you start developing the more bothersome side effects, they will discontinue the rest of the treatments. Again, we can't tell you the risk of recurrence for your particular type of breast cancer. You are just looking at one part of your diagnosis at a 1A. There are so many more factors that are now available that put the real meaning of your diagnosis in play. There is grade, hormone status, did you have an onco DX test to see what your chances of recurrence really were? If I were you, I would get a second or third opinion. There is nothing wrong with that. It would give you peace of mind to get more information. You need to talk to another oncologist's opinion outside the practice of your present oncologist. It will help you make better decisions. Please keep us posted. Take care, Sharon

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  • Bobbi Buzzell Profile

    Any 10 Yr survivors of IDC er pr posts her - stage 2b

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hey Bobbi,
      I am at over 9 years! I was a 2B, er+pr+her2- cancer in 1 node. Rather aggressive 2-3 grade. Had mastectomy, no reconstruction, 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of Letrozole. At the time of my diagnosis, my oncologist had just returned from a seminar where a study had been completed. It...

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      Hey Bobbi,
      I am at over 9 years! I was a 2B, er+pr+her2- cancer in 1 node. Rather aggressive 2-3 grade. Had mastectomy, no reconstruction, 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of Letrozole. At the time of my diagnosis, my oncologist had just returned from a seminar where a study had been completed. It was found that my particular cancer long term survival did not benefit from the 10 rounds of Taxol that was normally being given after the 4 rounds of AC. Oncologist said for me, Taxol would not add any benefit and would actually cause more damage to my body. I bless him for being to forward thinking and not subjecting me to additional treatment that he believed would not help me. My life is full and rich with so much. I cherish each day. There is hope! Take care, Sharon

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    I just found out that I have grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. Does anyone know the prognosis for this or what I should expect next? Is there anything I should do now to prepare and to not get too stressed out?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are numerous factors besides the ones you mention that come into play. Everyone's BC is different even with the same as yours so treatment(s) are individualized and tailored to each person. I'm guessing (no I'm not a doctor) but probably a combination of surgery of some sort, chemo.,...

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      There are numerous factors besides the ones you mention that come into play. Everyone's BC is different even with the same as yours so treatment(s) are individualized and tailored to each person. I'm guessing (no I'm not a doctor) but probably a combination of surgery of some sort, chemo., rads., & hormone blockers. You just need to get all the info. you can and make decisions you feel most comfortable with. Breast cancer is very treatable and not a death sentence. It's not easy but take a deep breath and try to relax some as stress doesn't help you at all.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      These ladies are right. Everyone is different and so many things come into factor when deciding the best treatment for you. Right now it's such a whirlwind. Always have someone with you at appointments to help 'listen'. Be sure you make the dr explain so you understand everything they are saying....

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      These ladies are right. Everyone is different and so many things come into factor when deciding the best treatment for you. Right now it's such a whirlwind. Always have someone with you at appointments to help 'listen'. Be sure you make the dr explain so you understand everything they are saying. If you feel you need a second opinion, do so. Once you have a plan of action, you'll feel more relieved. Prayers to you.

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    How do I tell people I have breast cancer? Do I tell people I see regularly but who are just acquaintances?

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    • Norma  Cook Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Who you tell is entirely up to you. Your health is a private matter and is no one else's business. That being said, you may want to share your diagnosis with people who will be a support and encouragement to you, as well as those who may need to temporarily assume any of your responsibilities...

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      Who you tell is entirely up to you. Your health is a private matter and is no one else's business. That being said, you may want to share your diagnosis with people who will be a support and encouragement to you, as well as those who may need to temporarily assume any of your responsibilities at work, home, church, etc. At first, I only told my immediate family and close friends who I knew I could count on to be there for me in whatever way I needed. As time went on and I had my surgery, then radiation, I told a few more people who were connected to my work, since I had to take some time off. I'm the type of person who tries to be sensitive to everyone's feelings and I didn't want to be a burden to anyone, but I was really blessed to have a couple of friends who had already walked the path I was taking and I could open up to them about my questions and concerns. Please feel free to ask any questions here--we aren't medical professionals but we are happy to share our own experiences with breast cancer if it will help someone else.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I agree with Norma. Totally up to you who you tell. As for how you tell them? It kinda depends on who your telling. Co-workers will be easiest. Family and close friends is harder as their first instinct is to look at you with sorrow, as if your going to die tomorrow. YOUR NOT! Most of us find...

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      I agree with Norma. Totally up to you who you tell. As for how you tell them? It kinda depends on who your telling. Co-workers will be easiest. Family and close friends is harder as their first instinct is to look at you with sorrow, as if your going to die tomorrow. YOUR NOT! Most of us find ourselves comforting others by reassuring them we are fine. Don't be afraid to tell the truth. You'll find the right words and the right time per individual. Prayers to you.

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    Following chemo ( TCH). I have developed allergy issues ( stuffy nose, drainage). It has been a year after chemo was complete. Anyone else have this issue? How did you handle it? Did it improve eventually?

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

      Herceptin causes dripping. It was horrible. I wanted to stick a tampon in my nostrils and cotton balls taped to my eyes. Lol! I can't remember how long it lasted after I had finished the Herceptin, but it did get better as time went on. Hang in there. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had a regimen of TC and didn't experience those types of issues. Have you discussed it with your doctor as perhaps there is some cause other than the chemo.? I'm not a doctor, it's only a guess on my part. I did have "Taxotere tears" with the 3rd & 4th infusions and for a short time after...

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      I had a regimen of TC and didn't experience those types of issues. Have you discussed it with your doctor as perhaps there is some cause other than the chemo.? I'm not a doctor, it's only a guess on my part. I did have "Taxotere tears" with the 3rd & 4th infusions and for a short time after completing it but it was just my eyes, looked like I was always crying but my nose wasn't a problem.

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    How long is the recovery time for a mastectomy

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    stage_1 Patient
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      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Thank you guys!

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No one can really answer that because we all heal differently. I've had a lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. My experiences were very different than others. Lumpectomy went well with no pain @ all. My double mastectomy was extremely painful because I had reconstruction @ the same time. Some...

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      No one can really answer that because we all heal differently. I've had a lumpectomy and a double mastectomy. My experiences were very different than others. Lumpectomy went well with no pain @ all. My double mastectomy was extremely painful because I had reconstruction @ the same time. Some women have said they experienced very little pain after mastectomy. I 🙏🏾 your surgery goes well

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    How long after a mastectomy can you go back to work?

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    stage_1 Patient
    6 days 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The standard recovery is 6 weeks before you are cleared for work but I was fine after 4 weeks. I was also back on my bike and kayaking. I was lucky to regain full motion in my arms fairly quickly after surgery. The rehab exercises were painful but I wanted to get out and enjoy life so I performed...

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      The standard recovery is 6 weeks before you are cleared for work but I was fine after 4 weeks. I was also back on my bike and kayaking. I was lucky to regain full motion in my arms fairly quickly after surgery. The rehab exercises were painful but I wanted to get out and enjoy life so I performed them diligently.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I imagine it depends on what type of work you do. I wasn't working at the time but was told to only bring my arm above my head slowly and no heavy lifting for it seems 4-6 weeks as I also had lymph nodes removed.

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    Can abnormal cells in cervical lead to breast cancer cause tonight I found 2 lumps in my breast & my breast has been sore for awhile I'm only 27

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I'm sure your lumps are swollen glands due to hormones. The more you touch them, they will hurt. You should do a self exam the same time every month in order to feel what's out of the ordinary if anything. With that said, "only 27" doesn't matter. Anyone at any age can get breast cancer. You...

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      I'm sure your lumps are swollen glands due to hormones. The more you touch them, they will hurt. You should do a self exam the same time every month in order to feel what's out of the ordinary if anything. With that said, "only 27" doesn't matter. Anyone at any age can get breast cancer. You should have those lumps checked out now. As I said, probably not cancer, but better to be safe then sorry. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body need to be checked by a doctor as some tests may be needed.

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    Ok just found out I do have cancer in one breast. I have been given a choice of a mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation. Has anyone else had to make the decision?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My doctor kinda chose a lumpectomy for me. The cancer hadn't spread and he said I didn't need the drastic option of a mastectomy. I had clean margins, thank God. There are quite a lot of considerations here including your age. This is really hard for me to say, but it's really up to you. Follow...

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      My doctor kinda chose a lumpectomy for me. The cancer hadn't spread and he said I didn't need the drastic option of a mastectomy. I had clean margins, thank God. There are quite a lot of considerations here including your age. This is really hard for me to say, but it's really up to you. Follow your gut, trust your instinct.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I made the decision in 2012 for lumpectomy. I couldn't get over loosing my breast & it seemed easier @ the time which it was. 2 yrs later cancer calcifications were found again in same breast & I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Many women have had lumpectomies with no...

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      I made the decision in 2012 for lumpectomy. I couldn't get over loosing my breast & it seemed easier @ the time which it was. 2 yrs later cancer calcifications were found again in same breast & I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Many women have had lumpectomies with no further issues. Only u can make that decision & yes it's hard one

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  • sherrie stump Profile

    I have lymphedema do to breast cancer. Can i go to tannning beds a couple times a week?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They don't recommend tanning beds at all any more as they are totally unsafe, cancer or no cancer. I'd ask your doctor(s) and see what is said but I won't use one (never have).

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I don't think lymphedema is effected by tanning. Prayers to you.

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  • Kathy  sveback  Profile

    tissue found inmy left axillary lymph node cancer?

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    7 days 2 answers
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not sure of your question. Does the lymph node contain cancer cells? You will know from your pathology report. If yes, you know they do, then your dr would have removed as many nodes in order to get to the 'clean' ones. Most likely contained and not spread elsewhere. Treatment will probably...

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      Not sure of your question. Does the lymph node contain cancer cells? You will know from your pathology report. If yes, you know they do, then your dr would have removed as many nodes in order to get to the 'clean' ones. Most likely contained and not spread elsewhere. Treatment will probably consist of chemo and radiation. Prayers to you.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I wasn't sure of your question either. I found what I thought was a lump in my axilla in June and I had had 8 nodes removed 3+ years ago that were all negative. I just happened to have an appt. with my Onc. nurse and mentioned it to her as she always does an exam. She told me, in my case it is...

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      I wasn't sure of your question either. I found what I thought was a lump in my axilla in June and I had had 8 nodes removed 3+ years ago that were all negative. I just happened to have an appt. with my Onc. nurse and mentioned it to her as she always does an exam. She told me, in my case it is just some excess fat (a major relief).

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  • Paris Lomas Profile

    My Dr said I have moderately dense fibroglandular tissue and cysts in both breasts and should keep a close eye on them weekly as they can turn to cancer. I had a mammogram and a breast scan. Should I get a second opinion on what I should be doing.?

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    7 days 3 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It never hurts to get a second opinion. Peace of mind is worth millions

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      If you need reassurance, yes, get a second, third, however many times opinion. On the other hand, try not to worry. Stress is not good for the mind and body. In most cases, watching is the norm, tho you can have some lumps removed if needed. Prayers to you.

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    how much of blood hb will be need for chemotheraphy.??

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    7 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They look at the whole picture as far as labs are concerned. The key ones I was told were the wbc & rbc but may be wrong on that. They are still, 3+ years out ordering labs on me, I was told in June some numbers can change after treatments so they keep an eye on them.

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    I been out of chemo for 10 month my appetite is not the same I get full faster and I don't like foods that I use to like had anyone experience that

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      It took me a full year after I finished my chemo to feel ""normal"" again... Our taste buds change .. As well as our hearts , minds and souls during the fight against cancer .... Don't rush your body as it's still healing it self ... Time 🎀🎀

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I wish I can say I am full faster! I eat more than I ever did and food taste really good to me. I do find that I like spicier and flavourful food more than I did before chemo.

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  • Mary Jo  Dean Profile

    My dear friend was diagnosed with TNBC Stage 4.m. I’m still baffled as to why organs are all clear, including colonoscopy being clear, as to how this could be ‘all through her’, but too small to see.

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    Family Member or Loved One
    9 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary,
      Stage 4 means the breast cancer is over a certain size tumor and it has invaded lymph nodes and it has possible spread to distant parts of the body.... bones, or organs. It usually doesn't metastasize to the colon. It spreads via the lymphatic system, blood stream, and can be very sneaky...

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      Mary,
      Stage 4 means the breast cancer is over a certain size tumor and it has invaded lymph nodes and it has possible spread to distant parts of the body.... bones, or organs. It usually doesn't metastasize to the colon. It spreads via the lymphatic system, blood stream, and can be very sneaky not presenting many symptoms in some cases. Some breast cancers do not form a lump and are difficult to diagnose even if a woman is doing monthly self exams and having a yearly mammogram. Some women develop these types of cancer before they even start getting mammograms. Younger and younger women seem to be getting breast cancer, which is terrifying. Not knowing anything more about your friend, hopefully she has a good support system with family, and friends. My best friend and husband when with me to my consultation appointments, taking notes, for me since I was in a state of shock. You might be of great help to go with her, hear what the doctor has to say and help her remember. She in for a fight and will need her pals around her for support. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Cancer is sneaky... Your tumour does not have to be big to be aggressive. Good luck to you and your friend, this is a terrible time for you all.

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  • carrol carlisle Profile

    I just had a lumpectomy 2 days ago. The doctor said the area looked " worrisome". I am having to wait several days to know for sure. How do you deal with the wait?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I too had a lumpectomy in 2012 & 5 days later I had a second surgery to clear the margins. Yes it was crazy having 2 surgeries 5 days apart.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The waiting, was the most horrifying time because your mind takes over and goes to the worst of all thoughts. You keep yourself very busy, STAY OFF THE INTERNET, and don't read about breast cancer. I think you may have just had a biopsy, not a lumpectomy. This is a very tough time to go...

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      The waiting, was the most horrifying time because your mind takes over and goes to the worst of all thoughts. You keep yourself very busy, STAY OFF THE INTERNET, and don't read about breast cancer. I think you may have just had a biopsy, not a lumpectomy. This is a very tough time to go through. They will contact you ASAP when they get the pathology back from the lab. Take care, Sharon

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  • Aime Aguilar Profile

    I had a double masectomy with immediate implant placements done on Agustin 5. 3 lymph nodes were taken out, came back negative . Drains are out , im still swollen. How long those the swelling last?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    10 days 3 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It takes a long time and it is different for everyone. Talk to your surgeon he will have a good idea. I took about 4 months and I was surprised how much they took.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had this surgery 2014. Swelling wasn't too bad it was the pain as implants were being filled. My Dr did 35cc @ a time it took longer to reach goal but the pain was less. My swelling went down gradually

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    I just had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. My doctor said he is over 95% certain I have cancer. Is it normal to be able to tell just from mammogram and ultrasound? Does that mean I have a large tumor?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Drs. trained in reading studies can usually tell by the films they look at but the only way to see what it truly is is to do a biopsy.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I, too, was told "Expect the biopsy to come back as breast cancer." Many times, the shape and density, of the suspicious area is telling. My tumor was a very weird shape, it was very hard, and felt lumpy. It was not at all like other lumps I had felt in my breasts. I knew, the second I found...

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      I, too, was told "Expect the biopsy to come back as breast cancer." Many times, the shape and density, of the suspicious area is telling. My tumor was a very weird shape, it was very hard, and felt lumpy. It was not at all like other lumps I had felt in my breasts. I knew, the second I found it, it was bad. Doctors who look at hundreds and hundreds of lumps each and every day can tell a lump that is classic for breast cancer. There are also time when they can be wrong and that is why a biopsy is needed to confirm their suspicions. There are so many treatments for breast cancers, it is not the death sentence it once was. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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  • Harriet Hanley Profile

    can I buy the Beyond the shock video

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would think you need to contact them as I don't know if they are available or not for purchase.

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    • Harriet Hanley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you, I will.

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  • Sherri Donovan Garner Profile

    I had a mastectomy and they said I can't have blood work done on that arm

    Asked by anonymous

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    12 days 3 answers
    • Marianne Robertson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No blood pressure, IV, blood draw or anything on the arm they took nodes in. Some MRI, CT tech try to tell you it is ok but NO. I spent 4 days in hospital trying to stop an infection. Email me at Robertson1482@yahoo.com and I will send you pictures and the long version of the story.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If they didn't remove any lymph nodes than that arm can be used otherwise no. I'm scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery next month and they have to use a tourniquit on that arm so I will be risking lymphedema but I'll just pray it doesn't occur. I got thinking that the afternoon of my surgery 2...

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      If they didn't remove any lymph nodes than that arm can be used otherwise no. I'm scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery next month and they have to use a tourniquit on that arm so I will be risking lymphedema but I'll just pray it doesn't occur. I got thinking that the afternoon of my surgery 2 nurses tried doing my BP on my surgical side and I told them they couldn't do that and one said but your IV is in the other arm and I politely told her everyone else had been using it. They had forgotten to put a limb alert band on my wrist on the surgical side which they immediately did. They put one on during my port install, also.

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    I discovered and felt a lump on my right breast and sometimes i feel pain. How do i know what is this?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to make an appointment and see your doctor as some tests may be needed. Any time one notices something different with their body they need to see their doctor.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Go see your doctor, he/she will request testing if it is suspicious. 80% of lumps are not cancer but the only way to find out is have your doctor check you. Please make as appointment today. Take care, Sharon

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    Is anyone working (worked) through radiation treatment? I am getting 28 sessions, low dose vs 15 days high dose and wondering if I will feel well enough to do my 9 to 5 office job.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was unemployed at the time but feel I would have been able to continue at the job.

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      anonymous
      Patient

      I did not work but I think it could easily be done . Maybe just extra tired at end of day be definitely do able in my opinion . Good luck

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  • Penny S Profile

    Well surgery was Friday 8-12.. into lymph nodes.. family is in a major funk.. cant stay positive that way.. all we see now is an 85% change of living past 5 yrs... in such a cloud at work and home.. :( what now?

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The statistics are numbers. When I was first diagnosed, reading statistics, only, I truly thought... after 5 years.... then what? I am 9 years out. I didn't have any "Hail Mary" treatment, it was surgery, chemo, and 5 years of a hormone blocking drug. I had an aggressive type of cancer, it...

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      The statistics are numbers. When I was first diagnosed, reading statistics, only, I truly thought... after 5 years.... then what? I am 9 years out. I didn't have any "Hail Mary" treatment, it was surgery, chemo, and 5 years of a hormone blocking drug. I had an aggressive type of cancer, it had spread to a lymph node. Yawn.... I am living, a normal life. Breast cancer was just something that happened. When I was first diagnosed, everybody thought I was a dead duck and I thought so too. I tried to think of all the women who had breast cancer and who had died. I could only think of one woman. She died because she refused treatment! All the women I found out who had breast cancer were still living normal lives after treatment.
      I started turning my thoughts around to be positive. I am now 68, have a full active life, having 7 horses, just took up kayaking a couple of weeks ago. Tell your family, we are no longer in the dark ages regarding breast cancer and it's treatment. Much is known, and we have many treatments available. Tell your family to stay off the internet, quit reading because all the bla-bla contained there is NOT your disease! Breast cancer is broken down into many different components and findings. YOUR cancer treatment is tailored for YOUR CANCER. I had people ask me "how much longer did I have to live?" I told them to shut their faces because I was planning to outlive them. Hang in there, you are not a dead-woman-walking! Tell your family to help you get through your treatment and plan a nice celebration afterwards. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Stop that
      I was diagnosed in 2012 had 5 surgeries & treatment in less than 2 years & I'm going strong. You can't let anyone discourage you from living. Living with cancer is no joke. I'm constantly reminded when I look @ my breast but I've learned to embrace them & love myself for who I am...

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      Stop that
      I was diagnosed in 2012 had 5 surgeries & treatment in less than 2 years & I'm going strong. You can't let anyone discourage you from living. Living with cancer is no joke. I'm constantly reminded when I look @ my breast but I've learned to embrace them & love myself for who I am not what I look like. My. Family is amazing & my husband takes my breath away. You have to to B positive no matter who's speaking with u. That attitude is what's gotten me thru the past 4 years. Don't pay attention to death rates I know people who have lived with cancer for 20 yrs & are still going strong We can't help the way people think but u can teach them to b positive by u being that way.

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