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    I recently was diagnosed to have invasive ductal carcinoma. I kept asking my Oncologist what stage am I but she said that she can only tell me after i have my surgery. I had mammogram, breast utz, biopsy & MRI done. Is this true?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years 14 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      I got my stage after surgery since he removed lymph modes and that is a factor in the staging. I was stage 2 since it was in one lymph node. 11 years later... Life is good! Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery. Keep us posted on how you are doing. We care about you!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was told I was a 2A after the biopsy but after the surgery, I went to a 2B because they found some cancer in one of my lymph nodes. So, it often changes after surgery and once the pathology is done on all the tissues.

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    Has anyone had Foot and Hand Syndrome? I have open sores on my hands and feet. I couldn't get my third round of Taxol today because they want my hands and feet to heal, they are also going to reduce the Taxol dose and still allow me to have all 12 doses.

    Asked by anonymous

    almost 4 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I hope that your symptoms get better, and you are able to continue on the lower dose. Sometimes another form of taxol (paclitaxel) has less symptoms. Using ice packs on the hands and feet during infusion has helped some. Other self care helps are : resting your hands and feet as much as possible...

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      I hope that your symptoms get better, and you are able to continue on the lower dose. Sometimes another form of taxol (paclitaxel) has less symptoms. Using ice packs on the hands and feet during infusion has helped some. Other self care helps are : resting your hands and feet as much as possible for 2-3 days after infusion, moisturizing aggressively with what your doctor recommends, wearing cotton socks, wearing cotton gloves at night over your moisturizer. If your doctor says that it is ok, glutamine and B6 may also help. If the pain is bad, you might ask your doctor about lidocaine patches.

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    • Keri Underwood Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Icing during treatment definitely helps!!!!!

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  • anonymous Profile

    I applaud those of you who have had such a quick recovery. I am day 16 post-op bilateral mastectomy and have ad so many complications.

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    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 11 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Thank you all. I'm really feeling sorry for myself. Blood clots, pneumonia, zero pain relief even with a pain management doc. I slept for the first time in 14 days on Thursday. Saw PS today and we removed 2 drains reluctantly, but he is not optimistic on a speedy recovery. *sigh* story of my...

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      Thank you all. I'm really feeling sorry for myself. Blood clots, pneumonia, zero pain relief even with a pain management doc. I slept for the first time in 14 days on Thursday. Saw PS today and we removed 2 drains reluctantly, but he is not optimistic on a speedy recovery. *sigh* story of my life. Sorry for the boo hoo attitude, but I know you ladies know how I feel. P.S. - my husband is a saint! I wouldn't have been able to get through this without him.

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    • Jk Joyce Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Praying for you.

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  • Amy Shluker Profile

    I've heard about women don't get their period while on chemo, & yet I've gotten mine ever since starting in March. Is this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 3 answers
    • Tara Mitchell Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Yes it's totally normal especially if you are premenopausal. Mine even got worse while on chemo. Not everyone stops at this time. If you are worried, check with your doctor but it usually means that the chemo hasn't put you into menopause. Believe it or not, that is actually a good thing,...

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      Yes it's totally normal especially if you are premenopausal. Mine even got worse while on chemo. Not everyone stops at this time. If you are worried, check with your doctor but it usually means that the chemo hasn't put you into menopause. Believe it or not, that is actually a good thing, especially if you want children when this is all done. Again talk over your concerns with your doctor but in my experience it wasn't a huge problem. Wishing you better days.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Is it estrogen negative? I'd want to asking questions until I understood

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  • Lou Cam Profile

    When I try to give thumbs up to a good answer, it says uh-oh you cannot vote again, even though I haven't voted. Sometimes it's in Chinese!

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    Survivor since 2013
    about 4 years 5 answers
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This site has hiccups.

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    i have 7 more days of rad. my skin is tearing and my underarm is on fire. using Aquaphor and aloe what else?

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    almost 4 years 9 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need to let your team know about it. My RT normally in the last 2 weeks would have prescribed Silvadene but since I'm allergic to the main ingredient and had no issues he didn't. I had a friend who had the same issues you're describing and they held off finishing her treatments for a bit...

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      You need to let your team know about it. My RT normally in the last 2 weeks would have prescribed Silvadene but since I'm allergic to the main ingredient and had no issues he didn't. I had a friend who had the same issues you're describing and they held off finishing her treatments for a bit until it healed.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Tell your team there are things they can give you to help , the last week was hardest.

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  • Tracy Nunley Profile

    I have stage 3c, getting my port today! I'm an emotional roller coaster, any other. Stage 3c can share their story?

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

      from the "I'm afraid you have cancer call" to they day treatment is over it a physical and emotional rollercoaster. You will find an inner strength and beauty you never lived inside you. You are now a warrior and we are a with you. I am stage 3 ILC, two surgeries, chemo, radiation, 5 years of...

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      from the "I'm afraid you have cancer call" to they day treatment is over it a physical and emotional rollercoaster. You will find an inner strength and beauty you never lived inside you. You are now a warrior and we are a with you. I am stage 3 ILC, two surgeries, chemo, radiation, 5 years of Tamoxifen, DEIP flap reconstruction. I had my second surgery on my birthday and I started chemo on my 37th wedding anniversary. Today I'm cancer free 28months.

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I am 3c. Found a lump in aug of 2012. 14 out of 17 positive cancer. Estrogen progesterone positive. Her2 neg. unilateral mastectomy ac chemo 4 doses taxol chemo for 12 weeks then on to radiation then reconstruction. I still want other breast checked or removed. You can do this the beginning was...

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      I am 3c. Found a lump in aug of 2012. 14 out of 17 positive cancer. Estrogen progesterone positive. Her2 neg. unilateral mastectomy ac chemo 4 doses taxol chemo for 12 weeks then on to radiation then reconstruction. I still want other breast checked or removed. You can do this the beginning was a pain, now everything is abit mellow. In the taxol phase.

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  • Tamara Davidson Profile

    Hello ladies I'm 31 years old and new to this I hope I can get some support in as we'll help someone as well I'm stage 4 breast cancer with a amazing story to share hope y'all read my profile and hope I can help someone along my journey

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    Stage 4 Patient
    almost 6 years 14 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Oh Tamara, what a story. I'm shocked by the fact that you tried to hide the tumor. I waited too, but only because my yearly mammogram was coming up & if I went sooner ins wouldn't cover it. But any way.... I am so glad you are in treatment now. You have found a great site with a bunch of...

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      Oh Tamara, what a story. I'm shocked by the fact that you tried to hide the tumor. I waited too, but only because my yearly mammogram was coming up & if I went sooner ins wouldn't cover it. But any way.... I am so glad you are in treatment now. You have found a great site with a bunch of wonderful ladies here for support. You are not alone, we are all here for you.
      Prayers to you.

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    • Bethany Herr Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I am 31 also. Her2 too. Finished my 6 rounds of chemo and continuing with the herceptin. Going in on tues Feb 5 for bi lateral mastectomy. Thank you for sharing your story. You will love site!

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  • carla schuler Profile

    Round three of T/C today! Might be second to last or might be half way there.. I guess I need to decide at some point. Oncologist assures me 4 is enough..

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    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carla,
      I only had a mastectomy, and only 4 rounds of chemo (A/C). At the time, it was not the usual treatment. Normally, I would have had 4 rounds of A/C and the 6 round of Taxol or some other"flavor". My onc. had just returned from a breast cancer convention where a study had just been...

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      Carla,
      I only had a mastectomy, and only 4 rounds of chemo (A/C). At the time, it was not the usual treatment. Normally, I would have had 4 rounds of A/C and the 6 round of Taxol or some other"flavor". My onc. had just returned from a breast cancer convention where a study had just been completed. My type of BC did not benefit from the additional treatment.... so I got to quit after the 4 rounds. It's been 5 years.... (yahoo). The additional treatment would have just been pouring unnecessary toxin into my body for no good reason other than a possible 1/2 to 1% benefit. My onc. said, that was not enough to suffer the damage that it would have caused. I was glad to hear the recommendation and went with my onc's treatment. I was a 2B. Chemotherapy is a big balancing.... what is enough treatment vs. the damage done? I also wondered if it was enough treatment but I went with my onc. recommendation. So far, so good. I did not have any lasting effects from the A/C. Taxol can leave you with lasting neuropathy. When is enough, enough or where it the tipping point where toxin is being run through your body and only causing damage to healthy cells? Carla, I'd be having more conversation with your Onc. and getting more numbers but I'd be going with the less is more... treatment plan. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Patient

      Good luck today! I just had round 2 of 4 of my T/C this week and you couldn't pay me to do a 5th one!!! My onc said there wasn't any evidence that 6 treatments would work better in my case(stage 1, intermediate oncotype). i was nervous about that before starting but now that i'm 2 rounds in, I...

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      Good luck today! I just had round 2 of 4 of my T/C this week and you couldn't pay me to do a 5th one!!! My onc said there wasn't any evidence that 6 treatments would work better in my case(stage 1, intermediate oncotype). i was nervous about that before starting but now that i'm 2 rounds in, I am ecstatic about only doing 4!!! Ready to be on the other end of this. Thinking of you today!

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  • Aimee Gregg Boese Mitchell Profile

    A question for Andre' Roberts, your reconstruction was done with liposuction? My plastic surgeon says not a realistic option. Can we talk about your experience?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • belinda smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I just had double mastectomy

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Aimee, I am not Andre, but as far as I know the lipo is just a part of the reconstruction process. I had the DIEP flap procedure where they use belly fat, blood vessels and skin. The first surgery with reconstruction is to place the breast mound. Later you can have follow up surgery to smooth...

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      Aimee, I am not Andre, but as far as I know the lipo is just a part of the reconstruction process. I had the DIEP flap procedure where they use belly fat, blood vessels and skin. The first surgery with reconstruction is to place the breast mound. Later you can have follow up surgery to smooth thongs out and pretty up the breasts. They use lipo, typically from the thigh area and they don't use much, then liquefy it and inject it into the areas that need some filling out or smoothing. The lipo is only used for enhancement and is not for full reconstruction.

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  • Mandana K. Profile

    I have been taking since 10 days ago.in sonography I have 23 mm simple cyst in my right ovary .Is any one here like me?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure of your age but cysts show up on U/S in the ovaries all the time as I had some on both of mine when I had my hysterectomy&oophrectomy in '96, I was still having monthly periods and that's the reason I had them at that time. Does Tamoxifen cause ovarian cysts as I know a friend who...

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      I'm not sure of your age but cysts show up on U/S in the ovaries all the time as I had some on both of mine when I had my hysterectomy&oophrectomy in '96, I was still having monthly periods and that's the reason I had them at that time. Does Tamoxifen cause ovarian cysts as I know a friend who had issues with it but can't remember if ovarian cysts was something she had or not.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had non cancerous cyst on both my ovaries as well. Had them removed 3 weeks ago due to ovarian cancer on dad's side family. I've been in tamoxifen since last year.

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  • kerrie wilson Profile

    Surviving stage III cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_3c Patient
    almost 2 years 1 answer
    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Yes I'm surviving Stage 3b. This Oct it will 4 yrs since I had my double mast !!
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      While I have had lots of issues with my cancer and other pas cancer stuff with my Heath!!

      I'm doin good !! Back working full time .. no reconstruction loving having no big heavy boobs !!

      So don't worry...

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      Yes I'm surviving Stage 3b. This Oct it will 4 yrs since I had my double mast !!
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      While I have had lots of issues with my cancer and other pas cancer stuff with my Heath!!

      I'm doin good !! Back working full time .. no reconstruction loving having no big heavy boobs !!

      So don't worry there is a great wonderful long full happy life After stage 3 cancer !!

      Good luck. You can do this 🌷🌷

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  • Naydeth Marquez Profile

    How does cancer work?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Something triggers the body's cells to start to divide in a abnormal, out of control way and form a tumor. These tumors also need a good blood supply to bring nutrients to the site. These cells trick the body into making a new network of blood supply that usually have weak walls. Therefore, one...

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      Something triggers the body's cells to start to divide in a abnormal, out of control way and form a tumor. These tumors also need a good blood supply to bring nutrients to the site. These cells trick the body into making a new network of blood supply that usually have weak walls. Therefore, one of the signs of cancer is bleeding or something that doesn't heal. An example would be a sore that doesn't heal, etc. Some types of cancers do not form tumors such as leukemia or bone marrow types of cancers. In breast cancer, cells can enter the blood vessels, and travel to lymph nodes, or distant parts of the body and "set up shop" wish is called metastases. The treatment for breast cancer "mets" is much more involved and extensive. This is a reason why it is so important to diagnose breast cancer (or any other cancer) at its earliest stage. The ways of treating cancer is to cut it out with surgery, poison it with chemotherapy, & burn is out with radiation. Fairly barbaric but there are different treatments on the horizen like using the patient's own disease fighting immunity to identify the cancer cells and destroy them. Unfortunately, it isn't quite perfected yet so we are left with the medieval style warfare.
      Anyway.... in a simplistic manner, this is how I understand the way of cancer and how it works. It is a mean nasty disease. Take care, Sharon .

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I'm not really sure what you mean. There is lots of information here in the 'learning' section. Or go to cancer.org. Prayers to you.

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  • Tara Corcoran Profile

    Any suggestions on overcoming cold / flu during chemo? Thanks and God bless.

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Tara, I think the best thing you can do is rest, and drink fluids. Your body's immune system is really getting pummelled so spend some good quality snooze time. It really is what your body needs. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The best advice is to avoid situations where you will be in crowds and avoid touching shopping carts and door handles . A cold or the flu can land you in the hospital.

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    Herbs and chemotherapy. My oncologists suggests these things does anyone else's?

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    about 4 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Stacey, the important thing is that you are asking your oncologist, or getting the info from her , because some things can counteract chemo drugs. The main thing that I see recommended is the amino acid glut amine, which helps prevent nerve damage. Memorial Sloan Kettering has info about...

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      Stacey, the important thing is that you are asking your oncologist, or getting the info from her , because some things can counteract chemo drugs. The main thing that I see recommended is the amino acid glut amine, which helps prevent nerve damage. Memorial Sloan Kettering has info about integrative treatment including herbs. But always check with your oncologist before taking anything during chemo because certain things like antioxidants may help keep the cancer cells alive, making chemo less effective.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I may not be understanding the question. Do you mean naturopathic along with standard chemotherapy? I think it would be nice to know there is an oncologist out there who would use complementary therapies to make chemo a bit easier on our bodies. Take care, Sharon

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  • julie s Profile

    Lumpectomy/sentinel node surgery is on Wednesday. Any advice, suggestions or words of wisdom?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Remember that God loves you and there is power in prayer.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I found the lymph node removal to be more painful than the mastectomy I ultimately had. Lots of ice (frozen veggies work well because the bags mold well under your arm) and use a small, narrowish pillow to elevate your arm while hanging out on the couch or sleeping. It was a sore spot but form...

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      I found the lymph node removal to be more painful than the mastectomy I ultimately had. Lots of ice (frozen veggies work well because the bags mold well under your arm) and use a small, narrowish pillow to elevate your arm while hanging out on the couch or sleeping. It was a sore spot but form what I understand there's an awful lot of digging around in a very small area -- and I was left with a very small and neat scar too.

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    Anyone here had a reaccurance?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 5 answers
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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I don't have reoccurrence but have Mets to lymph nodes and liver.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Usually happens within the first five years. Others have had another occurrence of breast cancer years later but isn't considered a reoccurrence of the original cancer. Since I only had a single mastectomy, I asked my onc. What are my chances of a recurrence in my other breast. With my kind of...

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      Usually happens within the first five years. Others have had another occurrence of breast cancer years later but isn't considered a reoccurrence of the original cancer. Since I only had a single mastectomy, I asked my onc. What are my chances of a recurrence in my other breast. With my kind of cancer it wouldn't happen in my other breast but would show up as mets. in lungs, bone, liver, etc.

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  • Carla Braga Profile

    Chemo is over and I'm now getting ready for surgery! Chose bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Any advise? Tips?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 4 years 11 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Take care Carla and whatever you choose will be the right one for you. :-)

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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I pray for u and hope be ok.God bless u.

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    Expander exchange surgery next Tuesday what should I expect. Thanks ladies

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks ladies. Your the best

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      What a relief it will be to get the expanders out! The incisions will be smaller and it is a quicker recovery than the mastectomy. I had to have drains, which is the biggest pain, but hopefully you won't have to. Hope you have positive results! Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery! Keep...

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      What a relief it will be to get the expanders out! The incisions will be smaller and it is a quicker recovery than the mastectomy. I had to have drains, which is the biggest pain, but hopefully you won't have to. Hope you have positive results! Wishing you a smooth surgery and recovery! Keep us posted, we care about you!

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  • Optimistim  Seeker Profile

    in her let side breast based on pathologist results stage (T2, No, Mx) stage IIA Nottingham s prognostic index 3.4 prognosis good CEA positive CA 15.3 positive Low molecular weigh keratin positive

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yasir I really understand your concern. This is a very public forum. Anyone anywhere can google it and find something you wrote. I hope have permissin from your sister to publish her path report. I would not have been happy if my sister put my private info out on the web. I wouldn't want my...

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      Yasir I really understand your concern. This is a very public forum. Anyone anywhere can google it and find something you wrote. I hope have permissin from your sister to publish her path report. I would not have been happy if my sister put my private info out on the web. I wouldn't want my bosses to have access to that much detail about my journey.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      If there is access to the oncotype test, that helps to determine , along with other factors, about to do chemo or not.

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    Had my first radiation today and feel like normal. Just wondering when the side effect, like sun burn will appear? Other than sunburn and fatigue, what will be the other side effect that I should expected.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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    • marg phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had 28 treatments plus 5 boosts. My breast got pink and very tender with the boosts. Gortunately a weekend fell after the 3rd boost, so that helped a lot. I used pure aloe Vera and lotion with sunscreen. I starting feeling fatigued after the 4th week. I've been done for three months and still...

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      I had 28 treatments plus 5 boosts. My breast got pink and very tender with the boosts. Gortunately a weekend fell after the 3rd boost, so that helped a lot. I used pure aloe Vera and lotion with sunscreen. I starting feeling fatigued after the 4th week. I've been done for three months and still feel very tired occasionally. Hang in there!

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    • joan jones Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hi
      Glad you started = progress !
      I finished 17/ today and then will have 8 boosts.
      So far so good .. Noticed some pink after the first few days and seems to have stabilized .
      I use the cream as soon as I am back in the locker room . I use it an average 3 times a day .
      Pace yourself with...

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      Hi
      Glad you started = progress !
      I finished 17/ today and then will have 8 boosts.
      So far so good .. Noticed some pink after the first few days and seems to have stabilized .
      I use the cream as soon as I am back in the locker room . I use it an average 3 times a day .
      Pace yourself with activities if possible , delegate and don't take on any new projects .
      This is your time / take good care and remember they are your insurance policy / healing beams !

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  • angela fava Profile

    i still have swollen legs is that normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Before one of my infusions the Onc. thought my legs were swollen and had me check with my PCP who said they weren't. The thought was I had been retaining fluid and to keep an eye on it but that was me may be something different in your case. I'd make sure and let my doctor(s) know about it so...

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      Before one of my infusions the Onc. thought my legs were swollen and had me check with my PCP who said they weren't. The thought was I had been retaining fluid and to keep an eye on it but that was me may be something different in your case. I'd make sure and let my doctor(s) know about it so they can get to the bottom of the cause.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      One of the side effects of taxotere can be water retention. My doctor gave me a diuretic and my pt got me some compression stockings.

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  • Jill M. Profile

    I am very concerned about taking Tamoxifen due to the side effect of uterine cancer. I've been researching & everything I've read (legitimate sites) says it can double your chances. Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2a Patient
    over 5 years 12 answers
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    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I see that most women on this site recommend the hormone meds. I am not taking it. I had such horrible reaction and side effects with one round of a standard chemo dose that just couldn't go through with more side effects! I need quality of life not just quantity. I think you need to discuss...

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      I see that most women on this site recommend the hormone meds. I am not taking it. I had such horrible reaction and side effects with one round of a standard chemo dose that just couldn't go through with more side effects! I need quality of life not just quantity. I think you need to discuss your. Once runs and the possibilities with your doctor and make the decision that is best for you. When I mentioned on this site that I opted not to do the drugs and why I got a negative tea goin. We are not doctors and can only speak of our own experiences.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a long talk woth my gyn and had a baseline CT. I see my doctors every 6 months. It's a risk vs rewards issue. Tamoxifen has been around a long time and it is shown that rewards outway the risks. Talk to your onc and gyn they will have the info you are looking for.

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