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    Did anyone here do neoadjuvant chemo.. If you did then did u also do 4 AC followed by 12 weekly taxol.. Just wanted to know when they started to feel shrinkage in their tumor

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • diane anderson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I had the same neoadjuvent chemo for stage 3 . The tumor felt smaller after the 4 AC treatments and was not seen on the MRI after completing the 12 taxol.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My Onc. suggested it but wanted me to have an MRI first to determine the size of the 2 areas right next to each other. The afternoon I saw the Surgeon was a day for the tumor board that the Onc. wanted to present my case to. The Surgeon was also at that meeting and when I asked her about it she...

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      My Onc. suggested it but wanted me to have an MRI first to determine the size of the 2 areas right next to each other. The afternoon I saw the Surgeon was a day for the tumor board that the Onc. wanted to present my case to. The Surgeon was also at that meeting and when I asked her about it she nixed the idea but then I had decided to go the mastectomy route and it was my best option according to her.

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  • André Roberts Profile

    I'll have to wait until march for tattooing - need to get an approval from insurance. Bright side is... he said I can go ahead & get fitted for regular bras now & no restrictions :)

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 5 years 11 answers
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    • Alissa Dawson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Sometimes, it's small step to a more normal but feels like a huge one!!! Congrats and I hope you spoil yourself a little with the new bras!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      WONDERFUL! It really makes you feel like you are truly getting back to your regular life. What a great place to be after the months of tough stuff. Don't you feed victorious?
      Glad to hear this great news. Take care, Sharon

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  • patricia states Profile

    I had my surgery 7 years ago and couldn't afford reconstruction .....having a hard time feeling like a woman

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Patricia,
      It is a shame to have these kind of negative feelings hanging on for so long. Marianne is correct, the majority of insurance companies pay for reconstruction as part of the "treatment" for breast cancer. I would check into it. I wish I knew you better, I'd give you my...

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      Patricia,
      It is a shame to have these kind of negative feelings hanging on for so long. Marianne is correct, the majority of insurance companies pay for reconstruction as part of the "treatment" for breast cancer. I would check into it. I wish I knew you better, I'd give you my "You-are-more-than-your-boobs" pep-talk. Well, it doesn't matter because you are going to get the pep-talk anyway!!!! I can assure you.... any one who loves you.... LOVES YOU, the entire package. Lacking a hunk of fat hanging off your chest is only a big deal in your mind. The outside world really doesn't care. You are the person who has to love you to get past this experience in your life. That scar on your chest represents a battle between life and death. YOU WON. This is a true badge of courage very much like someone who has gone to war and had been wounded. I don't think a man who carries a scar from a wound would not be thinking it makes him less of a man. You have been through a similar experience.... just with an enemy who invaded your body.
      If you can't find a way of having reconstruction completed, find a way to love yourself the way you are. This is a record of your history on your chest. It is a show of how you won a battle over a terrible disease. It shows how brave you had to be, and how your strength as a woman won over all. Sometimes life just isn't fair but it is an opportunity to grow as a person to triumph over odds against us. You can either let the disease continue to ruin your life or look that stinkin' disease in the face and say.... "YOU AIN'T THE BOSS OF ME!" You can take this opportunity to grow, accept that scar and be stronger than someone who has not gone through the experience.
      Phew....! Now go out there and try to find a way to get reconstruction or wear that prosthesis with PRIDE! YOU DID IT, GIRL! Breast cancer isn't for whimps!
      I did NOT have reconstruction!!! MUch love and power to you, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Have u tried to look into any organizations that can help u have it now? I don't believe our breast make us who we r as women...u survived something major and traumatic. That not only makes u a strong woman, but a strong individual. If u have to have them to make u feel as such do a google search...

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      Have u tried to look into any organizations that can help u have it now? I don't believe our breast make us who we r as women...u survived something major and traumatic. That not only makes u a strong woman, but a strong individual. If u have to have them to make u feel as such do a google search or ask ur social worker at ur oncology office for help. U never know. Or go to survival meeting maybe they know of an organization that would help. God bless u.

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    Hii , really god bless u

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I completely concur with Evelyn. Don't get out there too far. Some of these tests are so sensitive they give the appearance of something when it is actually nothing. This is one of the down sides to our fabulous whiz-bang-gizmo's. They almost work too well and scare the socks off of people...

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      I completely concur with Evelyn. Don't get out there too far. Some of these tests are so sensitive they give the appearance of something when it is actually nothing. This is one of the down sides to our fabulous whiz-bang-gizmo's. They almost work too well and scare the socks off of people when the tissue is actually normal for your Mom's body. Hang in there and don't put any time into --worry-time.--

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mother diagnosed her breast cancer on last of nov.She has 57 yrs She had invaseive ductal carcinoma with invasive lumphovascular but with no lymph node Oncologist said that she is in stage 1 ,She started chemotherapy "cyclophosphomide " &herceptine she but when she made ct scan dr found that...

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      My mother diagnosed her breast cancer on last of nov.She has 57 yrs She had invaseive ductal carcinoma with invasive lumphovascular but with no lymph node Oncologist said that she is in stage 1 ,She started chemotherapy "cyclophosphomide " &herceptine she but when she made ct scan dr found that there's small nodes on her lung the onglogist couldn't diagnose it becouse the nodes was small. He said this nodes may be gesture that cancer spread from breast to lung but my mother had pulmonary edema when she was young And may be not So ,,,,

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile

    Another ad for shoes got through to this site. When you see one, click on the question, to the right, there is "flag question" click on it. Lets get rid of these pests. Thanks, Sharon

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2007
    almost 5 years 1 answer
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Thanks Sharon, don't people have anything better to do?:)

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    i am recovering from lumpectomy two weeks ago. i realized i have not been drinking water as i should. i can go all day on a cup of tea. would this be problematic?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 7 answers
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    • Deborah Camacho Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It is hard to drink too much water. It it very good for you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Yes, you can become dehydrated. Drink some water girl! That is not good.

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  • anonymous Profile

    Going for an ultra sound tonight at 6:00. Found a large lump on rib cage below breast. Yikes! Prayer please

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 5 years 21 answers
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    • Rosanna Wieder Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Many prayers and best wishes!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mary, Mary,
      Arrrrgh!!! We hate to hear this. Please let us know, we will all be praying for you. Hang in there may God & His angels hang out with you at the US appointment. Prayers going your way. Take care, Sharon

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  • Britany Kennedy Profile

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has 2 lumps, 1 is apocrine metaplasia. Can anyone help me to understand why they dont want remove both lumps at the same time?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 5 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Prayers to you and your mom.

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      When I asked about removing second breast I got the answer of cross contamination.

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  • Jill M. Profile

    I had a double mastectomy and did not have expanders placed immediately. Does anyone know how long the expanders usually have to be in?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2a Patient
    almost 5 years 5 answers
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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It depends on the size your going to and how much skin the surgeon left. The skin and muscles all have to be stretched and then the expanders left in place for memory of the skin and muscle. This would really be something you need to ask your plastic surgeon.

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    • Kim Schaback Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes,talk to dr. My surgery,03/13/13, and should be ready for exchange surgery in October .

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  • S M Profile

    Just curious. I am er/pr pos her2 neg. ILC Just had skin sparing mastectomy and 9 pos nodes is that number of pos nodes going to mean harsher treatments? Just want to know since I don't see oncologist for two weeks. Thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I didn't have any pos nodes, Sherry, but I've had breast cancer twice so I'm pretty savvy about diagnosis and treatment! IN GENERAL....and I mean that, because everyone and every cancer is different -- if you have positive nodes your treatment plan is more complex. It can involve one or more...

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      I didn't have any pos nodes, Sherry, but I've had breast cancer twice so I'm pretty savvy about diagnosis and treatment! IN GENERAL....and I mean that, because everyone and every cancer is different -- if you have positive nodes your treatment plan is more complex. It can involve one or more cycles of chemo and radiation, and other more cutting-edge things.
      Why do you have to wait so long to see your oncologist? Why not call and see if there is an earlier appointment?

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      At 10 nodes your a 3C at 9 it depends on the size and type of cancer. I've noticed alot is the same not harder. I had 14 out of 17 so I'm a 3C no matter. The chemo ACT seems the same but I have to do radiation which I was hoping to avoid. So you will probably have both chemo and radiation.

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  • Livia Oliveira Profile

    What do you know about radiotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years Answer
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    Hope everyone has a Happy & BLESSED Thanksgiving!!! Love & Prayers .......we all have so much to be thankful for.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 5 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Amen!

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  • anonymous Profile

    How soon did you start to lose your hair after starting a/c?

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    Patient
    over 4 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      About 2 1/2 weeks after my first infusian. The first sign was my scalp felt tight and weird like I had a really tight ponytail. The first day it was slow and sped up when it coming out in clumps I shaved it off. It actually felt better to have it gone. I never thought I would feel that but...

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      About 2 1/2 weeks after my first infusian. The first sign was my scalp felt tight and weird like I had a really tight ponytail. The first day it was slow and sped up when it coming out in clumps I shaved it off. It actually felt better to have it gone. I never thought I would feel that but after 4 days of it fall into eveything I was doing.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I imagine everyone is different. I was on a TC regimen and my navigator told me 2-3 weeks after the first infusion. I started losing it at day #13 so was on schedule if you want to call it that. My last treatment was 10June and my hair is already where it was at when I started, seems to be...

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      I imagine everyone is different. I was on a TC regimen and my navigator told me 2-3 weeks after the first infusion. I started losing it at day #13 so was on schedule if you want to call it that. My last treatment was 10June and my hair is already where it was at when I started, seems to be growing faster than it ever did albeit a different color and texture.

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  • Tara Medeiros  Profile

    Hi all, I'm on FEC..... Second infusion Monday. Just wondering if symptoms get worse per treatment or stays same throughout? Tia

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • A B Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      For me, the symptoms didn't get worse, just different. First chemo was the worst with nausea and anorexia for 3/7, with the second FEC I was well covered with Zofran for the nausea but then had horrible constipation. Can't remember the third now except that it was different again. If you look...

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      For me, the symptoms didn't get worse, just different. First chemo was the worst with nausea and anorexia for 3/7, with the second FEC I was well covered with Zofran for the nausea but then had horrible constipation. Can't remember the third now except that it was different again. If you look up each chemo drug on the internet you'll probably come up with a list of about 20 potential side effects, and unfortunately you never know which, if any, you're going to get (except for hair loss of course!). Good luck with the second cycle, just keep thinking that's one less session you have to endure.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      With me ... Yes !!! Big time ... Sorry !! But trust me it all passes :)) good luck

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  • Lori Nau Profile

    Last fill yesterday! I'm getting my implants on Nov. 27th!! Can't wait for these expanders to come out!!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    over 5 years 10 answers
  • Valerie Murphy Profile

    I have fibrocystic breasts, I am followed by a breast specialist yearly and have a mamogram and an exam. I have a couple of lumps that stay sore all of the time. Are cancerous lumps usually painful on exam?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Ask for an MRI

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Valerie,
      I too, went to a breast specialist who missed my breast cancer. Have you had an ultrasound? If not, request one and a breast biopsy. Breast cancer is sneaky and can be both painful and non-painful. Take care, Sharon

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  • Rita Siomos Profile

    Getting my port taken out tomorrow and thinking about keeping it as some sort of trophy after all I fought really hard to get to where I am

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 1998

      Get rid of it start with clean slate. Buy yourself something nice like a piece of jewelry , or go on a vacation to celebrate your triumph you are a survivor ..........think positive , think about the future full of years and years and years of happy healthy days. You won't forget about your...

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      Get rid of it start with clean slate. Buy yourself something nice like a piece of jewelry , or go on a vacation to celebrate your triumph you are a survivor ..........think positive , think about the future full of years and years and years of happy healthy days. You won't forget about your battle but you don't need that yucky thing around to remember the pain and sadness . God Bless

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    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Get jewelry! I was going to keep mine to show my grandchildren but They told me the chemo drugs are still in the mechanism and could be toxic if touched by bare hands. They also said the hospital has to physically document that the unit was removed. I got pretty earrings and love them!

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  • Traciann brundage Profile

    So some long time friends won a huge race in the California desert today . I was honored to have my name grace her helmet . It's amazing how far a battle can reach. It totally gave me a boost today

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Yay! That's inspiring for us all to reach Our own fitness potential in the midst of our own BC battle too, Keep moving , keep living !

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Hats off to your friends and to you

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    Omg ! Eyebrows and lashes are falling out 2 mos after chemo ? And after I gained 12 lbs instead of loosing . I feel like I'm going to wrong direction :( discouraging .. It's like as soon as I let my guard down weight came on.

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    Patient
    over 4 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Be encouraged although you're not where you want to be. I gained 20 lbs during chemo and still working on losing it. Eyebrows aren't back yet either. You will be fine.

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I lost mine after chemo too. And the white fuzz was growing on my head. Ugh. That's when I thought I looked sick. I gained weight as well. You have it in your mind that cancer patients are skin & bones & so sickly looking. NOPE! Prayers to you.

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  • Inna S Profile

    Tamoxifen? For how long you taking it? And any side effects?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    about 3 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      No side effects in tamoxifen for me. I couldn't sleep@ first but these ladies advised me to take in the AM & it worked

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was only on it for a about two months as a maintenance between radioembolization on my liver ixempra because I was weakened from extensive chemo and waiting for approval for ibrance but the only side effect was fatigue and loss of appetite. It was rather
      A benign experience compared to...

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      I was only on it for a about two months as a maintenance between radioembolization on my liver ixempra because I was weakened from extensive chemo and waiting for approval for ibrance but the only side effect was fatigue and loss of appetite. It was rather
      A benign experience compared to other mess.

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  • adzlina taib Profile

    What are the sign and symptom of breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      The MOST important thing.... if you find something in or on your breast that is NOT NORMAL FOR YOU get in to see your doctor immediately. Most things turn out to be benign but if you do have breast cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the better. Ignoring symptoms will not make it go away and...

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      The MOST important thing.... if you find something in or on your breast that is NOT NORMAL FOR YOU get in to see your doctor immediately. Most things turn out to be benign but if you do have breast cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the better. Ignoring symptoms will not make it go away and will only drive you crazy with worry. Here is a list of signs and symptoms. Good luck.... Sharon

      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/symptoms

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Look on this site under LEARN. There are great videos to answer your questions. breastcancer.org is a great site, too! Good luck in finding more info about bc. Keep the questions coming!

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  • kym reynolds Profile

    Had my last treatment of Paxtol nine days ago how long before the itching stops?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years Answer
  • Tamara Davidson Profile

    Can y'all give me some tips to research on what and how makes the best looking nipples after surgery,,, what process what skin .??? Jut confused about the whole process or what websites I can research to see

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I can tell you what I had. The plastic surgeon took some skin from my thigh and crafted a nipple. Then the aerial was tattooed on about 8 weeks later. It looks really good! Have they talked to you about nipple sparing surgery, too?

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    • melissa perlman Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My nipple was created by using a gathering technique. No graft. 4 weeks later the were tattooed with color.

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  • Deborah batson Profile

    after having a unilateral mastectomy how long befor I'm back on the move

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Jen F Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Had mine Tuesday. Drain came out yesterday and have been feeling OK. Went out for the morning (had a ride, mainly sat with friends) which was more draining than expected but rev day had gone I to doctors appt then into town to pick up a parcel and had felt fine for that. Good luck with your...

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      Had mine Tuesday. Drain came out yesterday and have been feeling OK. Went out for the morning (had a ride, mainly sat with friends) which was more draining than expected but rev day had gone I to doctors appt then into town to pick up a parcel and had felt fine for that. Good luck with your recovery. Heading out for a Sunday Roast in a bit once the first few Grand Prix laps finish but the will rest again in the afternoon

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    • Deborah Camacho Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I was up and around in a week. Tried to stay active. Had some fun in two weeks. Worked from home and went to a meeting in three weeks. When I found out I didn't need chemo, I gave myself the full prescribed 6 weeks. My strength was close to normal by then.

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    Has anyone taken Arimidex go post menopause. What side effects. Not sure whether I want to take this

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Doria Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I've been on it for almost 5 years and expect it to be extended for another 5. I am tired alot but not sure if its from the arimidex. As others have said, the alternative is a higher chance of recurrence of the BC. None of us want that!

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    • Nancy Ries Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I was post menopausal when diagnosed and treated for estrogen/progesterone positive breast cancer. I have been on Arimidex since December, 2011. No side effects. I am active and eat much better than I did prediagnosis. Not everyone has side effects.

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