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    Did anyone take anything to help "calm" the nerves before biopsy procedure? If so, what and did gyn proscribe it?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 13 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I 2nd xanax. It gets me through MRI, PET scans it gets me through my claustrophobia and the emotinal side.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had 2 biopsies; one with ultrasound guidance and one stereotactilly. They were both done at an imaging center and the only thing they could give me if needed was Xanax as they couldn't do anything stronger. I got by with nothing but then I used to help with biopsies so knew what to expect and...

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      I had 2 biopsies; one with ultrasound guidance and one stereotactilly. They were both done at an imaging center and the only thing they could give me if needed was Xanax as they couldn't do anything stronger. I got by with nothing but then I used to help with biopsies so knew what to expect and I just don't like taking anything that's not necessary.

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  • Yashmira Devine Profile

    Does anyone wear medical bracelets to indicate no blood pressure, no blood and no needles for a specific arm?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I have one...it is in PINK and found mine on laurenshope.com ;)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Yashmira,
      I JUST got a bracelet (in pink of course), from "Road ID" http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx I am always riding or driving horses Lord only knows what kind of accidents I can have. I wanted to make sure it was visible... reason for the color, and if I was unconscious, medics...

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      Yashmira,
      I JUST got a bracelet (in pink of course), from "Road ID" http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx I am always riding or driving horses Lord only knows what kind of accidents I can have. I wanted to make sure it was visible... reason for the color, and if I was unconscious, medics would see it. I think it is a great idea. Take care, Sharon

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  • L D  Profile

    What is the best way to deal with hair loss? I had my first chemo treatment five days ago and I'm dreading it. I'm more nervous and sick about that than the chemotherapy. I know it's silly, it will grow back.

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    Survivor since 2004
    over 7 years 14 answers
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    • Nancy Bailey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't feel silly! I cut my hair close before I started chemotherapy. It did give me a sense of empowerment and I actually like wearing it short. It has been four days since my second treatment and I am beginning to lose what's left. As hard as it may be, I have decided to shave the...

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      Don't feel silly! I cut my hair close before I started chemotherapy. It did give me a sense of empowerment and I actually like wearing it short. It has been four days since my second treatment and I am beginning to lose what's left. As hard as it may be, I have decided to shave the remainder and try to get past it.

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    • Alyssa Vito Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi LD,

      I just finished my second cycle of chemo and also have had anxiety about my hair loss. I love my hair and it was traumatic to think of losing it. Mine started falling out 13 days after my first cycle and I went in and got a buzz cut. It was easier to get rid of it myself instead of...

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      Hi LD,

      I just finished my second cycle of chemo and also have had anxiety about my hair loss. I love my hair and it was traumatic to think of losing it. Mine started falling out 13 days after my first cycle and I went in and got a buzz cut. It was easier to get rid of it myself instead of watching my very long hair fall out all around me. Id begun shedding all over the place. I bought myself an awesome wig that looks like my hair did before and I wear that now anytime I'm in public. People can't even tell the difference. When I'm at home I just throw on a scarf.

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  • T H Profile

    Is tamoxifen a drug that has chemo in it ? Please help battle between my hubby and I..

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    Survivor since 2013
    about 6 years 12 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      YES, all the hormone blockers are in a class of chemo that block the hormone making cells. Same as herceptin. Most don't refer to it as chemo cuz it blocks the cells from duplicating. But it too is in a class of chemo drugs. Prayers to you.

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      No, it blocks your estrogen

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    I had mammo, then us and now they want me to have MRI but no biopsy. Is this normal procedure? My ins. did not want to pay for MRI but my doctor sent appeal and they approved it. The radiologist said probable cause for concern. what does this mean?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Brandi Carey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just...

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      I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just being cautious!! Some dr are hard to convince w tests.:-) also MRI picked up R sided masses that mammo&U.S missed. Good luck

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    • Sandy B Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a...

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      I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a lumpectomy, as again, he had that gut feeling. He performed that lumpectomy and he found 5 tumors, 2 large in my breast. He saved my life. No real answer as to why my tumors did not show. I hope your results are different, but I will be forever grateful my surgeon was persistent.

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    Should I be concerned about a 9mm cyst or cluster of cyst on left breast with calcifications seen ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 11 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I believe a second opinion would ease your mind. It would mine. Most insurance companies cover second opinions. Best wishes, jayme

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same thing and when they did the biopsy, it was DCIS. You have so many more options when it is diagnosed early. My advice- get a biopsy. Best of luck to you.

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  • Sharon Thomas Profile

    If I have cancer, why don't I feel sick?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If you are asking about breast cancer specifically, you won't feel sick unless it has metastasized (spread) to an organ, bones, brain, etc. Some women, have symptoms with breast cancer like itching, pain, tingling, inverted nipple, discharge from the nipple, some type of sensation in the breast...

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      If you are asking about breast cancer specifically, you won't feel sick unless it has metastasized (spread) to an organ, bones, brain, etc. Some women, have symptoms with breast cancer like itching, pain, tingling, inverted nipple, discharge from the nipple, some type of sensation in the breast that is out of the ordinary. Some women have no discomfort or sensation from breast cancer. Once breast cancer has metastasized to an organ, a person may then develop different symptoms that would make them "feel sick." Breast cancer is sneaky! The best outcomes happen when the disease is caught early and treated successfully.

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    • Wendy Lauber Kilbourne Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Sharon, Cancer is somewhat a natural process of cell growth in your body. The cancer cells are just cells that don't know when to stop. Our bodies cannot tell the difference between good cells and cancer cells, thus, no symptoms, especially if caught early enough. The longer you have cancer...

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      Sharon, Cancer is somewhat a natural process of cell growth in your body. The cancer cells are just cells that don't know when to stop. Our bodies cannot tell the difference between good cells and cancer cells, thus, no symptoms, especially if caught early enough. The longer you have cancer the more you do start to notice symptoms as Sharon Danielson mentions above because the cancer cells start to add up.

      I had no symptoms when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I actually went in for a mammogram because I found a lump on my right breast. Come to find out, it was NOT cancerous. But in the meantime, they found cancer on my LEFT breast, which I never even felt.

      I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but wish you the best of luck and remember: Take it ONE step at a time.

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  • Susie Que Profile

    Can anyone offer insight on tamoxifen vs hysterectomy or hormone therapy and aromatase inhibitors?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Estrogen is produced by your adrenal gland and ovaries do even with a hysterectomy a form of estrogen blocker will be prescribed if you had a estrogen positive tumor. Tamoxifen is usually prescribed for women who have not gone through menopause. Femara and arimidex are usually prescribed for...

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      Estrogen is produced by your adrenal gland and ovaries do even with a hysterectomy a form of estrogen blocker will be prescribed if you had a estrogen positive tumor. Tamoxifen is usually prescribed for women who have not gone through menopause. Femara and arimidex are usually prescribed for women who are menopausal

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      If you have hormone positive cancer, you need something to block that. Tomoxifin is used for premenopausal women & arormatase is for post menopausal women. Even if you have a hysterectomy, your body produces hormones.

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    When can I take a shower after my Lumpectomy & SNB ? Had surgery on 7/25 bandages removers on 7/27 the stitches look awful but no infection & no drainage... Wasn't given much post op instruction.... What about exercise for my underarms?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My surgeon said 24 hours post op I could shower. I had to be careful raising my arm, but as long as I took it slow and was careful I was ok. I felt so much better after showering. I had steri strips (white tape) covering my stitches and was told to keep them on till they fell off on their own-...

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      My surgeon said 24 hours post op I could shower. I had to be careful raising my arm, but as long as I took it slow and was careful I was ok. I felt so much better after showering. I had steri strips (white tape) covering my stitches and was told to keep them on till they fell off on their own- I had to peel them off after my 10 day post op visit, they stayed on that good! The one issue I had after the axillary node dissection was I heard and felt "swishing" when I moved. I wasn't sure if it needed to be drained, so I made an appointment and was reassured that it was normal and it did go away on its own. Best of luck with your recovery!

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I was allowed to take a shower 24 hours later, just had to cover my surgery scars n drain holes ( icch). I couldn't stand not taking a shower. I would just be sure to keep incision away from water to be safe.

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  • Alysa Fields Profile

    Is 1.6 centimeters considered large for a breast lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in...

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      There is a lot more than just size that is important. The type of breast cancer, how aggressive the cancer is (grade) whether it is reactive to hormones and how many positive lymph nodes are involved. My friend had a huge tumor but it was non-aggressive. So size isn't everything for sure in breast cancer. Mine was 2.2 cm,
      Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That's the reason I ended up doing an MRI as there was a discrepency between the screening mammo, the additional views, and the U/S and they wanted to determine the size before doing anything else.

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  • sheree oden Profile

    Has anyone had a recurrence in a previous mastectomy ? An identical tumor came back 10!yrs later in the tissue surrounding an implant where my left breast had been. Next week I will have a re mastectomy, followed by radiation and more chemo.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Recently diagnosed in my lymph nodes on my chest wall as well as many lymph nodes regionally after mastectomy chemo radiation and hormonal therapy. First dx 1/2010 this time 2/2012. Prayers and hugs going your way. Keep in touch.

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    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Recently diagnosed in my lymph nodes on my chest wall as well as many lymph nodes regionally after mastectomy chemo radiation and hormonal therapy. First dx 1/2010 this time 2/2012. Prayers and hugs going your way. Keep in touch.

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  • Nikki De France Lucas Profile

    I'm 3 weeks post mastectomy and my arm and armpit swelling is worse and still alot of numbness in the same area anyone else have this experience? I'm scheduled for physcial thearpy and possibly a sleeve tomorrow..feeling like recovery is going backwards

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had a double mastectomy in June. I still have numbness and at times a burning like tingling under my armpit (kind if my upper side area) and sometimes my arm feels heavy. I saw a physical therapist who says I don't have Lymphedema. I do however have this annoying cord thing that goes thru my...

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      I had a double mastectomy in June. I still have numbness and at times a burning like tingling under my armpit (kind if my upper side area) and sometimes my arm feels heavy. I saw a physical therapist who says I don't have Lymphedema. I do however have this annoying cord thing that goes thru my armpit. Therapist said it will eventually pop or dissolve. My aunt had a mastectomy with lymph node removal 13 years ago and said she still has numb areas. I think it's just part of the whole procedure. Nerve endings were removed, maybe some don't repair. Good luck.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a mastectomy on August 27 two months later I started noticing swelling in my arm and I unfortunately got Lympadema on my right arm because of the removal of 16 of my lymph nodes. I'm doing therapy now it's supposed to help bed but from what I understand it's not something that goes away...

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      I had a mastectomy on August 27 two months later I started noticing swelling in my arm and I unfortunately got Lympadema on my right arm because of the removal of 16 of my lymph nodes. I'm doing therapy now it's supposed to help bed but from what I understand it's not something that goes away ever...God is yet good

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  • Terri Miller Profile

    As you go thru the chemo treatments, do the side effects progressively get worse?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Terri,
      Just as Michele said, we are all different. I didn't have cumulative effects I had a week where I felt like I had the flu and then got better. It depends on how your body handles the chemo and how it recovers from each treatment. Take care Sharon

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes everyone is different. Mine got worse each treatment. Ive met people that really did well. My onco said i was an exception, i had every side effect.

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    How soon after mastectomy is it ok to have intimate relations with your spouse?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I can't tell if you are the patient or the spouse, but I am a patient. I know that for us, "intimate" became something different than sex. He waited for me to initiate. Realize that there are so many emotions to deal with having had your breasts removed. Positioning, energy, everything about...

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      I can't tell if you are the patient or the spouse, but I am a patient. I know that for us, "intimate" became something different than sex. He waited for me to initiate. Realize that there are so many emotions to deal with having had your breasts removed. Positioning, energy, everything about our first, second ... 30th time is different than before. I am not in the mood in the same way. My heart is, but my body could care less most of the time. I want to let him know I love him and I feel allowing him some normalcy of a sexual release seems important for him, so I do what I can.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      As soon as you and your special other are comfortable . My husband was afraid I'd break. He got over it. :-)

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    Just got my Oncotype test results back... It's a 5 . What does this mean to my prognosis? ILC stage 1b 0.3 cm grade 1 with LCIS had lumpectomy and 2 nodes removed 1 had a micro something in it doctor said he got good clean margins and no cancer left...

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just wondering, what number are you talking about? Number of what or number for what? I'm lost.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor...

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      Interestingly, I just went to my doctor for a 3-month check up and we were talking about oncotypes. I had Stage 2 invasive, and my oncotype was high so there was no question about chemo.
      However, a neighbor who is seeing the same doctor had DCIS with a high oncotype. When talking to my doctor about it today, he said that the oncotype for invasive vs. the oncotype for DCIS indicate different treatments. If it's high and invasive, the analysis is for chemo. If it's DCIS and high, the analysis is for radiation.
      Just an interesting tidbit I never knew. Either way you look at it though, a 5 is great. Best of luck to you!

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    I had a second surgery as they didn't get clear margins the first time. So far I am stage 2a grade 3 2 lymph nodes involved. Is that bad? Still draining so can't get chemo yet.

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    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Breast cancer IS just plain bad! I was 2A and after my surgery was downgraded to a 2B because I had one lymph node positive. It is better if you don't have any lymph node involvement but you deal with what you have. Not knowing any more about your breast cancer except stage and grade,(type) 2A...

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      Breast cancer IS just plain bad! I was 2A and after my surgery was downgraded to a 2B because I had one lymph node positive. It is better if you don't have any lymph node involvement but you deal with what you have. Not knowing any more about your breast cancer except stage and grade,(type) 2A has you far from the end of your rope. Your surgeon and/or oncologist will go over all of your tests before you go on to the next part of your treatment. You are at a very treatable stage so you will be ok. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had lumpectomy then a second to clean up margins by the everything was done I was stage III ER no nodes. Mentally and emotionaly I was a wreck. I'm not a stupid person but I just get my head wrapped around everything. Everyday more life changing decisions to make. I had to make decisions about...

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      I had lumpectomy then a second to clean up margins by the everything was done I was stage III ER no nodes. Mentally and emotionaly I was a wreck. I'm not a stupid person but I just get my head wrapped around everything. Everyday more life changing decisions to make. I had to make decisions about issues I didn't think I had full understanding. Looking back I think it was denial. Breast cancer is a very bumpy road and so indivdual I finely figured out to trust my doctors/nurses/trusted and my good judgement.

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  • Blair Jenkins Profile

    I was recently reading my pathology report and it said Triple Negative Breast Cancer grade 9 (3+3+3) on the nottingham scale - my tumor was about 6cm but had not spread to any lymph nodes - what is grade 9?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi Blair,

      I was curious about your question and did a bit of research. Here is the best answer I came up with. It was given by:

      Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of...

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      Hi Blair,

      I was curious about your question and did a bit of research. Here is the best answer I came up with. It was given by:

      Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

      The Nottingham histologic score is simply a scoring system to assess the "grade" of breast cancers.

      It is a total score based on 3 different sub-scores. The 3 sub-scores are assigned based on 3 components of how the breast cancer cells look under a microscope. (The details of these 3 components are not critical for you to understand). Each of the 3 components is assigned a sub-score of 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being best and 3 being worst. Once the 3 sub-scores are added, a Nottingham score is obtained: the minimum score possible is 3 (1+1+1) and the maximum possible is 9 (3+3+3).

      A histologic grade of III is assigned to any patient with a Nottingham score of 8 or 9. Grade I refers to Nottingham scores of 3, 4, and 5, while Grade II refers to Nottingham scores of 6 and 7.

      In the end, the Nottingham score and histologic grades are not very useful in the big picture, as they do not alter final overall treatment recommendations. High-score cancers tend to relapse more often than low-score cancers. Ultimately, however, we don't use the score in making clinical decisions.

      I hope that this helps clear up any confusion. I wish you the best.

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    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Do you have a family history? If yes, I suggest genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation.

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  • Lisa W Profile

    I will be doing chemo here shortly (A.C.T.) and them Hormone Therapy. Anyone go through this too?

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    Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Lisa,
      Your treatment is a common treatment for IDC. I had 4 AC treatment but not the "T" portion. You are probably apprehensive about the upcoming appointments just because of the unknown. The members on this board are here to help you through this. We've been there, done that and we are...

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      Hi Lisa,
      Your treatment is a common treatment for IDC. I had 4 AC treatment but not the "T" portion. You are probably apprehensive about the upcoming appointments just because of the unknown. The members on this board are here to help you through this. We've been there, done that and we are alive because of it. The side effect none of us has side-stepped is the hair loss. When I asked my oncologist when I would lose my hair and he, very matter-of-fact said "2 weeks after the first treatment." Dang, if he wasn't right! I was ready for it with a wig, hats, and great scarves. I ended up going "commando" (bald) most of the time. Everyone has different reactions to chemo. My taste and sense of smell changed. I love chocolate and coffee. During chemo, I couldn't stand either. I took a drug called "Emend" for nausea and was not nauseated. The first few days after a treatment, I felt like I had the flu... weak. It always turned around and within 5 days I was back to normal. Be particularly careful about your weakened immune system. Try not to hang around crowds, WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, and ask your pals not to visit if they feel the least bit punk-ish. Mention ANY side effects you are having to your oncologist and staff. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your treatment. If you have something that doesn't seem right between your appointments, CALL. I am now into my 5th year of hormone blocking treatment. I am taking Femara and have had some bone and joint pain but it has been tolerable. I'd say, for me, the hot flashes have been a pain but as a friend told me... I'm am just having my own "personal summer." HA!
      You are always welcome here! We are all sisters and want to support each other through treatments, after treatments, anytime. You just take these appointments one treatment at a time.... just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time! As a post script.... some of the funniest times I had were having my treatments. I was in a room with several other people also having their treatments. We were all in the same boat, someone would start something and pretty soon we were ALL laughing. We wore funny hats, we had "picnics" and we laughed about our circumstances. (my picture is my treatment around Christmas.... reindeer antlers.... and we all laughed) Hang in there gal! You will make it through this. We all care about you. Please keep in touch with us.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yep, I have my last ACT treatment this week! I'll probably be on Avastin afterwards. Everyone reacts differently to this combination. I had practically no nausea or vomiting. The exhaustion and fatigue are what really have gotten to me, as well as general weakness. I was in pretty good shape...

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      Yep, I have my last ACT treatment this week! I'll probably be on Avastin afterwards. Everyone reacts differently to this combination. I had practically no nausea or vomiting. The exhaustion and fatigue are what really have gotten to me, as well as general weakness. I was in pretty good shape when I started chemo last November, but now I get out of breath going up a flight of stairs. I always use a cane because I have Parkinson's, but with the chemo sometimes I use a walker because I'm so weak and unbalanced.

      I have a slight allergy to the Taxotere. I break out in red spots all over my torso, arms, and face, and I feel like I have head allergies. I also develop a wicked headache. Benadryl tabs take care of it. The Neulasta shot I get the day after chemo also can have some side effects. During my first 3 treatments or so, I would develop terrible bone and joint pain. Neulasta is intended to encourage white cell production in your bone marrow, and that causes the pain. But I haven't had much of it the last 2 treatments.

      "Chemo brain" can be a challenge, too. I started to forget a lot of things such as names, where I left things, and most particularly whether I had already told someone something. I end up repeating myself several times; everyone is so nice not to harp on the fact that they've heard it before.

      Take it day by day and don't anticipate anything, because it may not happen. Take it as it goes. If you do get a side effect or two, stay on top of them whether it's nausea/vomiting, pain, or other things. Your doctor should give you medication for any of the side effects -- just don't let them get full-blown before you take the meds.

      Best of luck!

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    I have a recent lump at my areola, it feels hard and downy move much. I've had so "weird" feeling in tho breast over some months possibly years. Would cancer just "pop" up

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Absolutely have this checked. My breast where breast cancer was found felt "weird." This is NOT to say you have breast cancer at all. For your own peace of mind have this checked. Take care, Sharon

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Cancer can be sneaky...have it checked out soon. I couldn't even feel my cancer and it was found on a mammogram. Keep us updated and prayers for you.

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    I was just diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma grade 2. Anyone out there with same situation? I am leaning towards lumpectomy, but wondering if it is the right way to go?

    Asked by anonymous

    about 7 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I opted for a bi lateral mastectomy, it gave me more peace of mind and I am glad I did it.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It would depend on so many different things. You mentioned your tumor is grade 2. Do you know what stage you are? Are you HER2 - or ? BRACA? What do your other tests results say?

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    Disscomfort right breast fuller heavier than left one; acute sharp pain/very tender. Full hystorectomy over 15 years ago hormone replacement. Mamograms last 3 years normal. My mom died from breast cancer before age 60.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to...

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      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to worry about...but you never ever want to take that chance!! Always better to be safe than sorry. Keep us posted on how you are.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My breast was uncomfortable, heavy and burning so I went and had a mammogram. They found IDC and I am mid way through my treatment. You need to have any changes to your breast checked out. Even more so because you have a family history. All the best.

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    Has anyone had a wire-guided lumpectomy? Or a on Q painball after lymph node surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I did just last week! It is like the biopsy. The wires were placed during a mammogram (very awkward, I agree) but the areas were numbed so the needles/ wires didn't hurt. They stayed in for the surgery that followed immediately after.

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a wire guided lumpectomy.

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    How long does it take an axillary node dissection to heal? I'm having pain and numbness, plus, it's difficult to sleep at night. Should I go to a PT?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 7 answers
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup it hurts more than the mastectomy. I had nasty lymph webbing like a "cord" from my armpit to wrist. I went to Physio and it got me full range, reduced the pain, etc. But find a good one with experience in it.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I...

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      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I also had the numbness and it's still not 100% back to normal, but I am used to it, I think. It's a slow and sometimes painful recovery. Definitely get a referral for physical therapy. There are PT's who specialize in post-mastectomy.

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    I am starting taxol/herceptin weekly. What side effects have you had?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • P G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

      Had my last one today (12 weekly treatments after FECH 4x every 21 days) TH wasn't bad, I do have numbness in my feet and hands, most of the time my stomach is ok and I am able to go to the gym and work. I wish you good luck! It will be over before you know it :)

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Water! Water!! Water!!! Can't stress that enough. And I can tell you that it wasn't easy to drink sometimes.
      I found my worst days to be days 3 and 4 after chemo. Day 5 I would start to feel better, etc.
      I had similar symptoms to Andre and I also got... well. stopped up and it caused me...

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      Water! Water!! Water!!! Can't stress that enough. And I can tell you that it wasn't easy to drink sometimes.
      I found my worst days to be days 3 and 4 after chemo. Day 5 I would start to feel better, etc.
      I had similar symptoms to Andre and I also got... well. stopped up and it caused me terrible stomach cramps. I used Dulcolax religiously after the first time and I never got those bad cramps again. I also requested (and yes, you can do this too) a bag of IV fluids the day after chemo. I had to go in for a Nulasta shot anyway so I used to call this my "shot and a bag" day. It just helps to keep you hydrated and everything works better with that.

      You will have good and bad days but you will also get through them. Keep your eye on the prize! Your well being. Good luck and hugs!

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    My first chemo is tomorrow and I'm scared... looking forward to know there are 5 to go. I'll be glad when the first one's over to tackle the side effects.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 15 answers
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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Just be comfortable. Bring someone with you and something to do. Just relax - u will get thru this .

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 1998

      Good luck stay positive. When I had my chemo I was more afraid of it than anything else. Turns out it wasn't that bad. I just made sure I took all the meds at the correct times that my doctors prescribed. I was afraid of the fear of chemo . Once the 1st treatment was over I realized ....I can...

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      Good luck stay positive. When I had my chemo I was more afraid of it than anything else. Turns out it wasn't that bad. I just made sure I took all the meds at the correct times that my doctors prescribed. I was afraid of the fear of chemo . Once the 1st treatment was over I realized ....I can do this, it is amazing what we let. Fear do to us. Be very good to yourself you deserve it. God Bless

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