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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    When am i going to know how bad my cancer is? I had an excisional biopsy which came back as idc. I have follow up appointment soo What is next how long before i know? No lymph nodes were checked yet. And I am terrified if it spread to my body. Would i hav

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 11 hours 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Try to take a deep breath and relax. My lymph nodes looked fine on all the imaging I had including an MRI but the surgeon said she'd look at them anyway while doing my mastectomy. I asked her the next day and she told me she thought she removed 6. In getting the pathology report she actually...

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      Try to take a deep breath and relax. My lymph nodes looked fine on all the imaging I had including an MRI but the surgeon said she'd look at them anyway while doing my mastectomy. I asked her the next day and she told me she thought she removed 6. In getting the pathology report she actually took 8 and they were all negative. I know all of this is overwhelming right now but you will be fine, Betti

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    • Hello Kitty Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Would I have any symptoms if it spread?

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  • Izzy McPhail Profile

    I had my tissue expanders placed 12/12/16. I had my 5th fill and the pain is so intense. I can't get out of my bed by myself, it hurts to take a deep breath and bending over is out of the question. I am taking the my ex for pain and it's not helping.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 21 hours 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have them but I would suggest talking with your doctor and see if something else can be done.

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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    How soon after starting does your hair fall out? And how soon will it grow back?

    Asked by anonymous

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    1 day 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is different. I hadn't lost all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore but it became a nuisance within 2 weeks or so after my first infusion so I had her shave the rest off and a month later once again and then let it do its thing. I was starting to get some "fuzz"...

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      Everyone is different. I hadn't lost all of mine and my hairdresser felt I wouldn't lose anymore but it became a nuisance within 2 weeks or so after my first infusion so I had her shave the rest off and a month later once again and then let it do its thing. I was starting to get some "fuzz" right after my 4th infusion and 9 months later had enough hair to get a nice haircut. It, too, depends on the chemo. meds you get are some are harsher than others. My eyebrows and lashes thinned some but unlike others I never totally lost them. My leg and axilla hair slowed down in growth also until I was done. I did however totally lose my pubic hair which didn't bother me but it too grew back, just not as curly and thinner.

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    Metatastic TNBC: has anyone dealt with pelvic edema and swelling of the upper.legs? If so, what did you do for relief?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    1 day 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to be talking with your doctor(s) about it as what some may say your doctor(s) don't want you using.

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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    How soon after diagnosis for idc start and what are treatment options?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Check out the learn section, chapter 6 has information about all of the treatment options.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer is an individual thing even with the same diagnosis. I had 2 biopsies in Jan, 2 weeks apart and my surgery was done in Feb. I started chemo. in Apr and went through June then had rads. between mid July and the end of August. I had some additional testing to see if chemo. was...

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      Everyone's cancer is an individual thing even with the same diagnosis. I had 2 biopsies in Jan, 2 weeks apart and my surgery was done in Feb. I started chemo. in Apr and went through June then had rads. between mid July and the end of August. I had some additional testing to see if chemo. was necessary. Your doctor(s) will come up with the best plan for your situation.

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    What changes are there in 3rd stage breast cancer

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  • Hello Kitty Profile

    Doagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma . Lymph nodes srent checked yer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      It sounds as though you are at the start of your journey just having been diagnosed. You will get alot more information as your team moves forward with the process. I think the biggest shock for me was finding out that I had IDC. From there you trust in team to give you the best care for your...

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      It sounds as though you are at the start of your journey just having been diagnosed. You will get alot more information as your team moves forward with the process. I think the biggest shock for me was finding out that I had IDC. From there you trust in team to give you the best care for your particular cancer. Try not to panic. You will get through this!

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  • roberta fisher Profile

    Triple negative breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are some great videos on this site regarding breast cancer, you may want to look at them as they are a wealth of information and easy to understand.

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    • Sharon Parsons Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am a 3 year survivor of TNBC. Ask any questions and someone on here will be able to answer.

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  • Sameer Shinde Profile

    Does a body fall resulting into leg fracture, can adversely affect a patient who has diagnosed for 1stage breast cancer then successfully treated and now just 5 session away from completing radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you had a DEXA scan done? I was showing Osteopenia prior to treatments and it has gotten somewhat worse afterwards with being on Letrozole. I was actually due for a followup study 11 months after my diagnosis so we just did it earlier to see where I was at after chemo. and rads.

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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      It's kind of like a complicated answer. Betty is right. You need to know the status of your bone loss before beginning treatments as some of treatments can thin your bones. I was diagnosed as having osteoporosis before I ever found out I have breast cancer. Since I was slightly PR+ I was on...

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      It's kind of like a complicated answer. Betty is right. You need to know the status of your bone loss before beginning treatments as some of treatments can thin your bones. I was diagnosed as having osteoporosis before I ever found out I have breast cancer. Since I was slightly PR+ I was on Arimidex to keep my body from creating this hormone that the cancer may feed off of. This drug can thin your bones. I wasnt' asked if I wanted this as the possibility of breast cancer recurrence vs. fractures was an easy decision to make. There is so much to consider. That's why you need to ask questions of your team of doctors. Your fracture will heal.

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  • Munazzah Tanveer Profile

    Has anyone been on CAPE? It's apparantly an oral chemo, my doctor ha suggested it and I don't know what to expect . Will the side effects be the same? How long? Anyone survivor (or friend or relative)here who has taken CAPE?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    5 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your doctor should give you all the info on the drug he/she wants you to take. Mine provided a detailed handout of the chemo. meds I got and after my first infusion the nurse also gave me some info. with possible side effects of what may or may not occur. I have never heard of CAPE so it must...

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      Your doctor should give you all the info on the drug he/she wants you to take. Mine provided a detailed handout of the chemo. meds I got and after my first infusion the nurse also gave me some info. with possible side effects of what may or may not occur. I have never heard of CAPE so it must be short for something but unsure as to what since I'm not a doctor.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's difficult to predict what your experience will be. Another patient can describe what happened to them but you can't count on it as your experience. Your doctor can give you a list of side effects. It doesn't predict what will happen. When I had a mastectomy, the doctor gave me all sorts...

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      It's difficult to predict what your experience will be. Another patient can describe what happened to them but you can't count on it as your experience. Your doctor can give you a list of side effects. It doesn't predict what will happen. When I had a mastectomy, the doctor gave me all sorts of things that might happen. For me, I had no pain, and never had to take any pain meds. It was easier than a dental appointment. On the other end of the spectrum, another woman could be in dire pain, and have all sorts of problems. One can't predict what will happen. Take care, Sharon

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  • Athenais Yellow Profile

    Having a double mastectomy on Tues. anything any of you suggest to get to make things easier at home? I got a recline pillow for bed, dressings, clips for JPs, button up clothes at easy reach, flex straws, stool softener, pain meds filled. Anything else?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sounds like you are set. Do you have some meals in the freezer or friends that will do some meal preparation? Excellent planning. I had a single and for me it was relatively easy. So many nerves are cut with the mastectomy, there isn't much to cause you pain. I did not have any armpit (axial)...

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      Sounds like you are set. Do you have some meals in the freezer or friends that will do some meal preparation? Excellent planning. I had a single and for me it was relatively easy. So many nerves are cut with the mastectomy, there isn't much to cause you pain. I did not have any armpit (axial) nodes removed but if those have to be removed, it will cause post op pain. Keep up with your pain meds. Take care, Sharon

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    • SAm  White Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You have it covered. Rest & mental healing is most important

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  • Claudia Roa Profile

    Recurrence

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 days 3 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      This is hard news for you. I wish you strength and support going through more treatment.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is?

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  • Mary Farrer Profile

    Are the itching and orange peel skin constant or do they come and go?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    7 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Are they something new? Any changes to one's body need to be checked by a doctor as some testing may be needed.

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  • Michele Fleming Profile

    How long do arimidex side effects last after discontinuing?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    9 days 3 answers
    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      Man, I wish I could discontinue arimidex! I hate it. Severe Joint/bone pain. I always assumed my forgetfulness and not being able to remember words was chemo brain..... Maybe from my meds instead? Only 8 1/2 more years.....

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    • Michele Fleming Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      That's the problem. It seems I have to drag info out of my Dr about this Med. I really am worried about the memory issue and she did say that may not return! So when I do get energy to bathe and dress to go out, I can't remember what I was going out for! Or worse yet, I get confused driving paces...

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      That's the problem. It seems I have to drag info out of my Dr about this Med. I really am worried about the memory issue and she did say that may not return! So when I do get energy to bathe and dress to go out, I can't remember what I was going out for! Or worse yet, I get confused driving paces I have been going to for 30 years! The way I figure this Med is that you go from 60 yrs old to 100 yrs old in a few months! And to think before I took this Med I ran a corporation. Now I can't remember to pay a bill.
      I am wondering if anyone else has memory issues?

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  • Liz Spolar Profile

    Hello i am a breast cancer survivor. I have been cancer free for 8yrsI had a lumpdectomey....radiation....took Arimedix for 5yrs.I am now noticing that im very tierd...my body aches A LOT.Does anyone else have these same problems from taking Aremidix.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2003
    10 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed these concerns with your doctor(s) as that is where I would start? Congrats on being cancer free for 8 years.

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    After going to the doctors because of a cough and losing my voice is it possible to have lung cancer after 5 years of being cancer free

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    11 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Cancer can reoccur at any time I'm sorry to say. I know someone who is a 5-time cancer survivor (not sure what kinds she had) and is doing fine now.

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    Is it possible that your cancer can come back after 5 years

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Sadly, I'd say we all live with that fear because it is possible we can develop another type of breast cancer. It might not be called a recurrence of the original cancer because it differs from the first.

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    • Rita Siomos Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks... so far all they have found is a little bit of fluid on my lungs

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    Does anyone have any suggestions for a tanning lotion that will NOT turn me the color of a pumpkin? I'm white as a ghost (I used to always be tan before BC) and people keep asking me if I'm sick.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    11 days 2 answers
    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      I use Jergens natural glow face moisturizer year round. It's very subtle.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you asked your doctor or perhaps your pharmacist?

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    What ar the effects of breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    11 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Effects of breast cancer or its treatments or what, not sure what you're asking. Everyone is affected differently.

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    Does sex or orgasm release hormones that can fuel the growth of ESTROGEN-POSITIVE TUMORS? If so, should I avoid sex or climax? Will it do it while on anti-estrogen therapy (Arimidex)? I am menopausal, is it still the same? Any written material to read?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    12 days 3 answers
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Your doing something right .. if you can have a love ❤️ life with an orgasm while on tablets !!
      I find that the tablets ( I have tried , tamoxifen,
      Letrozole, now on exemestane ).. only 8 more years to go !! But love a great cuddle::)).
      If I had a choice between living another day in my...

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      Your doing something right .. if you can have a love ❤️ life with an orgasm while on tablets !!
      I find that the tablets ( I have tried , tamoxifen,
      Letrozole, now on exemestane ).. only 8 more years to go !! But love a great cuddle::)).
      If I had a choice between living another day in my life or having a orgasm s with my partner......well I go with what your doing !! Haha

      But as much as I love my husband I find it every hard to get in the mood .. and have to use jelly because of dryness ..
      This would be a great question for a doctor next app !!
      But I can't see there being any problems with enjoying a full loving relationship..
      hormones are still in our body even through you take your tablets and I had a hysterectomy , but there are chemicals / hormones made in our brains!!!
      Good luck with having a happy full life and try to enjoy living and loving ... without worrying about every little thing ... that will do you more harm than good !!!🎀🎀

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would discuss this with my doctor.

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  • anonymous Profile

    Essential oils ? I have heard some mimic estrogen are they safe to use after breast cancer ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    13 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would discuss it with your team about their use.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2015

      There are many things that can mimic estrogen in lotions shampoo etc. read the EWG website it's a wealth of information

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  • Abu Thahir Profile

    Is tripple negative breast cancer is more aggressive?will u please guide me a good treatment for my mom?

    Asked by anonymous

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    13 days 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      We aren't doctors here so could only offer what we went through which your mother may or may not have. The questions need to be addressed to her doctor(s) as each patient's treatment(s) are individualized to their particular cancer's makeup.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Treatment for breast cancer is unique to the individual. Only her doctor can guide her in this. No more is the treatment just a one-size-fits-all. It depends on the specific cells of her breast cancer. This is a very complicated process and this is up to her and her doctor. So sorry, we...

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      Treatment for breast cancer is unique to the individual. Only her doctor can guide her in this. No more is the treatment just a one-size-fits-all. It depends on the specific cells of her breast cancer. This is a very complicated process and this is up to her and her doctor. So sorry, we can't advise you and we know how worried you are for your Mom. Hopefully, you are able to go with your Mom to her consultations with her doctor. You will be able to find out more information if you can go with her. Take care, Sharon

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Taxol rash on face

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    15 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you told your doctor(s) about it? Could it be from anything else?

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      You must inform your doctor to confirm treatment. I received on my chest area and was told to take Benadryl and put Aveeno on the area. It cleared within days.

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  • Norma  Cook Profile

    Is there a particular age where mammograms are no longer recommended?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to do mammograms and I found it to be what the doctor felt was an appropriate age to stop. I had one that ordered yearly mammograms on his patients no matter what their age and did one lady into her 90s.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would not recommend stopping. I am 77 and had mammograms every year for the last 35 years, always painful and always negative.

      My doctor told me in 2015 that I did not need it anymore because of the new recommendations regarding age and low risk. I was in great health and had very low risk...

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      I would not recommend stopping. I am 77 and had mammograms every year for the last 35 years, always painful and always negative.

      My doctor told me in 2015 that I did not need it anymore because of the new recommendations regarding age and low risk. I was in great health and had very low risk factors other than age, so I stopped.

      However, I discovered a lump in my breast in Jan 2017 and it turned out to be cancer that had already spread into my axillary nodes, so I am now stage IIb.

      Had I had a mammogram in 2015 or 2016 I could have caught it when it was small and not spread. When it was stage I had a much better chance of survival with less therapy, no radical surgery, and probably fewer serious side effects. I could have just a lumpectomy instead of the mastectomy and node dissection I now need.

      Whatever the pain and cost of the mammogram, it would have been worth it for me.

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  • dottie elliott Profile

    What is the best medicine for radiation burns and rashes?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    16 days 6 answers
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    • SAm  White Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used aquaphore which I purchased @ Walmart. Small jar is all you need & I applied it 3x day but make sure whatever you use wash it off prior to treatment. Your skin will burn faster if u don't

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your facility should have told you what to use as they all have their own protocols. My place told me to use pure aloe vera gel but like I said ask your team. I had 1 small area that early on itched and my RT told me to use something with hydrocortisone in it which really helped.

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