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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Has anyone had to take a pill for 5 years after all the chemo? And why does it feel like I am the only one? :-(

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 15 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      WHAT A GREAT MIRACLE THAT I HAVE EVER SEE IN MY LIFE. My names are Clara David I’m a citizen of USA, My younger sister was sicking of
      breast cancer and her name is Sandra David I and my family have taking her
      to all kind of hospital in USA still yet no good result. I decided to go to
      the...

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      WHAT A GREAT MIRACLE THAT I HAVE EVER SEE IN MY LIFE. My names are Clara David I’m a citizen of USA, My younger sister was sicking of
      breast cancer and her name is Sandra David I and my family have taking her
      to all kind of hospital in USA still yet no good result. I decided to go to
      the internet and search for cancer cure so that was how I find a lady
      called peter Lizzy she was testifies to the world about the goodness of a
      herbal man who has the roots and herbs to cure all kind of disease and the
      herbal man email was there. So I decided to contact the herbal man @herbalist_sakura for my younger sister help to cure her breast cancer. I contacted him and told him
      my problem he told me that I should not worry that my sister cancer will be
      cure, he told me that there is a medicine that he is going to give me that
      I will cook it and give it to my sister to drink for one week, so I ask how
      can I receive the cure that I am in USA, he told me
      That I will pay for the delivery service. The courier service can
      transport it to me so he told me the amount I will pay, so my dad paid for
      the delivery fee. two days later I receive the cure from the courier
      service so I used it as the herbal man instructed me to, before the week
      complete my sister cancer was healed and it was like a dream to me not
      knowing that it was physical I and my family were very happy about the
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      herbal man did not accept the offer from my dad, but I don't know why he
      didn't accept the offer, he only say that I should tell the world about him
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are defiantly not the only one, most women I know or have heard of have to take hormone treatment for at least five years. Some of us will be on it indefinitely. You will find many, many woman on this forum that are on the same treatment. Good luck with it all.

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  • Kreesha Kuru Profile

    What are the symptoms of breast cancer ?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 6 answers
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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      It's very hard to define symptoms for breast cancer. Everyone is different. Some women do not have any noticeable symptoms. Others notice a lump or a discharge from the nipple.

      The safest course is to have your yearly exames, Know your own body, and know your family history. If you have...

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      It's very hard to define symptoms for breast cancer. Everyone is different. Some women do not have any noticeable symptoms. Others notice a lump or a discharge from the nipple.

      The safest course is to have your yearly exames, Know your own body, and know your family history. If you have concerns, discuss them with your doctor right away.

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      anonymous
      Patient

      I also had bad night sweats. I could sleep naked w no sheets and still b drenched

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 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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  • Matt Roth Profile

    Last year we (drawMD) created a free breast health anatomy app for iPad. The app can be used to help providers visually explain complex medical procedures. We would love to hear any feedback you might have. Have a look http://visibl.es/1aQnY2f

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 3 answers
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I'll look

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Not what I was expecting might be good for docs unsure.

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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    What is the survival rate for stage 1 Invasive Lobular Carcinoma?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carla, you have SO MUCH going in your favor. This sounds like its an early stage, and it is hormone positive which means you have much more of a chance to starve the little beastie's with taking a hormone blocking drug. I was a 2-B invasive ductal carcinoma, with a positive node, it was also...

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      Carla, you have SO MUCH going in your favor. This sounds like its an early stage, and it is hormone positive which means you have much more of a chance to starve the little beastie's with taking a hormone blocking drug. I was a 2-B invasive ductal carcinoma, with a positive node, it was also hormone positive. I chose to have a mastectomy just because I didn't want to take the chance of having the surgery and the possibility of not have clean margins. THey also said if I had a mastectomy. I would not have to come back for a multitude of radiation treatments. We live on an island and have to take a ferry..... daily for the treatments. So those were my two reasons for the choice of the mastectomy. I had 4 round of AC chemo and that was it for my treatment. We all make our choices for individual reasons. We ARE so lucky to have these choices to make! You need to get down to business and get it done. The quicker you do, the faster you can put this behind you and get on with your life. Breast cancer has already taken up enough of your time. You put on those big-girl-warrior-panties and march right through taking your wonderful life back for youself and for your family. Nobody wants to see you going through this but you can give them a fabulous picture of strength as you are kick-breast cancer's booty! Hang in there Carla, you GO GIRL! Take care, Sharon

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carla, this is a question that comes up at various times during the process of treatment. I have always said there are statistics and then there are people. Statistics is a cold rigid bunch of numbers that justifies the existence of statisticians, computer programs, etc. You are human, a...

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      Carla, this is a question that comes up at various times during the process of treatment. I have always said there are statistics and then there are people. Statistics is a cold rigid bunch of numbers that justifies the existence of statisticians, computer programs, etc. You are human, a marvelous collection of living cells who had a mind, feelings, family, and everything to live for. Statistics take into consideration type, stage, etc. when they plug something like that into a computer and come up with a number. You are an individual... you are unique in your diagnosis, do not waste time or put any energy into statistics. You go into your treatment with a positive attitude, march through it with courage, and the "get-er'-done" mind set. You will be ok! It isn't a trip to Disneyland but the vast majority of us make the journey and go on to share our experience with others. Do NOT give these negative thoughts any power.... you are not a statistic. Some doctor's may think they have a line to God but they don't. Nobody knows how long they have to live and a statistical number is just a wild guess! Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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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
    over 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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  • 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 7 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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  • Lady Butterfly Profile

    I have micropapillary breast cancer. The Internet isn't very helpful. My surgeon acts like the diagnosis isn't a big deal, but I had a recurrence less than 1 yr from a double mastectomy. Has anyone else been diagnosed with this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It sounds like it might be time for a second or third opinion. I would bring peace of mind that you are doing the right thing or the information that you need to change the course of treatment.

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    • Lady Butterfly Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My husband and I have decided that if the cancer comes back we have to go somewhere else for treatment. Unfortunately we live in a medium sized city with basically only 3-4 options and my insurance only covers this one group of drs. We will do what it takes to save my life, I just pray it doesn't...

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      My husband and I have decided that if the cancer comes back we have to go somewhere else for treatment. Unfortunately we live in a medium sized city with basically only 3-4 options and my insurance only covers this one group of drs. We will do what it takes to save my life, I just pray it doesn't come at the cost of financial ruin. I have enough to feel guilty about as it is! :-)

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    My mom is starting xeloda today after receiving 10 treatments of radiation.do any of you ladies have any experience with this chemo agent? My mom has metastisized stage 4 breast cancer and is terminal. Will her quality of life be ok on this medicine?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other...

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      I was on it for quite a while. I thought it was a great chemo. Be prepared for hand foot syndrome. Buy some white cotton gloves (any drug store or beauty supply) she will need to sleep w cream using gloves and socks to keep moist. The xeloda cleared the cancer from my liver and shrunk my other tumors. I am terminal as well a be prepared to change chemos every so often. Good luck and remember this can be treated as a chronic disease for a long while.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I've read about this chemo drug. It is a pill so she won't have to do the three or four hours doing the IV at the infusian center. Good thoughts and prayers for her journey and contiued strength for you caring for her.

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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
    almost 8 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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    Did anyone take anything to help "calm" the nerves before biopsy procedure? If so, what and did gyn proscribe it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 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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    I have Stage 1 triple negative breast cancer. I have had my lifetime dose of adriamycin and was put on a regimen of Cytoxin and Taxotere. I had a moderately severe reaction to these drugs in my second treatment. What do I do next?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Sorry to hear about your reaction. When I was on the "cocktail" of Taxotere. My Onc prescribed steroid pills to take the night before and the morning of my chemo. Then of course....steroids and Benadryl via IV. She told me this was due to so many women having a reaction to the Taxotere. Was this...

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      Sorry to hear about your reaction. When I was on the "cocktail" of Taxotere. My Onc prescribed steroid pills to take the night before and the morning of my chemo. Then of course....steroids and Benadryl via IV. She told me this was due to so many women having a reaction to the Taxotere. Was this done by your Onc? If you are not able to tolerate those two drugs...not to worry. There are more chemo drugs used. I completed my rounds of Adriamycin, Cytoxin, and Taxotere and then had my surgery. Afterwards due to extensive lymph node involvement I am on chemo again using the drugs Carboplatin and Gemcitabine. These two chemo drugs are used for later stages of breast cancer as well as lung and ovaian cancer. Talk to your Onc about your different options. Best wishes and prayers to you in your fight!

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    • Lori S Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am stage 1 and will soon be on cytoxin and taxotere as well. What kind of reaction did you have? Did you lose any hair or has it thinned?

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  • judith rowley Profile

    Have to decide on whether to have a single or double mastectomy. any advice on decision making? hardest decision I have ever had to make :(

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 14 answers
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I chose both as doc said there was a40% chance to have it in the left breast. You will find the right choice for you.

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      My plastic surgeon said its easier to make them match with bilateral... For what it's worth. I know these decisions we have to make are very difficult.

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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.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2004
    over 8 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..

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    almost 7 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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  • Sharon Thomas Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 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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    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
    almost 8 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 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?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 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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    I am going to University of California San Francisco to add Dr. Rugo to my breast cancer team. I am stage 4 and have tried 4 types of chemo with little to no success. Does anyone see Dr. Rugo or know anything about UCSF? I am in Idaho.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    almost 7 years 3 answers
    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Wow I wish we could talk ,, I don't want no more chemo ,,,I know. It can't cure cancer,,,wish I could get to California

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am going to get my second opinion from him in next couple of weeks... My email is mpeoney@aol.com..

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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?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 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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    Is 1.6 centimeters considered large for a breast lump?

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    over 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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    What does it mean she they say the mass seems solid and does not have much blood flow?

    Asked by anonymous

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    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It means pretty much just that. Usually cancers have blood flows because that is how they are nourished to grow. You NEED to contact your doctor for a definite meaning in your specific case. Take care, Sharon

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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ask your doctors all of the questions you can think of. Write them down and take the list to your appt. if they don't answer them in a way you can understand or don't want to spend the time them get another doctor!

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    Is it ok to have alcohol while on Tamoxifen?

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    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The answer better be yes or I'm screwed. I'm a home brewer and just tried my hand a wine making for the first time. I do know for a fact a double shot of scotch makes shaving your head the first much easier.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is fine to have alcohol while on tamoxifen and also while having chemo. My doc said try to keep your life as normal as possible, if you want to have a drink, have it. Sit back, have a drink and relax. Good luck.

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