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    Was anyone's husband not supportive

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 13 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Not my husband, but my son. (He's grown & gone with a family of his own) I had the hardest time telling him & all he did is listened, & said "ok" a couple times. Has never wanted to talk about it. I felt he didn't care. It wasn't until his wife told me how hard he is taking it, cries all the time...

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      Not my husband, but my son. (He's grown & gone with a family of his own) I had the hardest time telling him & all he did is listened, & said "ok" a couple times. Has never wanted to talk about it. I felt he didn't care. It wasn't until his wife told me how hard he is taking it, cries all the time & is so worried about me. It's been a year now, & I think he realizes now that I'm ok - never talks cancer, but he makes fun of my hair. So, my point is, everyone deals with things differently. Talk with your husband to see how he is really feeling. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      We have had women write in that has said their husband's left them when they were diagnosed. Breast cancer is a tough diagnosis on everyone and some husbands react in different ways. If this is your husband, you might talk to your oncologist about it and maybe you could get a referral to a...

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      We have had women write in that has said their husband's left them when they were diagnosed. Breast cancer is a tough diagnosis on everyone and some husbands react in different ways. If this is your husband, you might talk to your oncologist about it and maybe you could get a referral to a councilor to talk about why your husband can't be supportive. Take care, Sharon.

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  • Kendra Klindt Profile

    Tomorrow is my 1st of 4 chemo treatments. Getting Cytoxan and Taxotere! Taking steroid pills today - dexamethasone. Have my 3 kinds of nausea meds ready to go for after chemo. Any thoughts or suggestions? I know I can/will do this but scared to death!

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    stage_1 Patient
    over 5 years 11 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Great attitude! Yes you can do this! Drink lots of water. Rest when needed, but walking helps too. Take your meds before you need them. Easier to treat then to take away. Use plastic ware to help with the metal taste. Eat what you want. It's all trial and error. What is good one day may not be...

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      Great attitude! Yes you can do this! Drink lots of water. Rest when needed, but walking helps too. Take your meds before you need them. Easier to treat then to take away. Use plastic ware to help with the metal taste. Eat what you want. It's all trial and error. What is good one day may not be the next. Prayers to you.

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    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Drunk lots if fluid today... And keep drinking to flush it out.... Most of the time T/C is not the scary combination. I wish you well. Remember to have infusion nurses number posted at home in case you have questions.

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  • Jennifer Swallow Profile

    My doctor said that my mammogram and ultrasound show nothing, but the lumps are still there and sore. What should I do? I know an MRI would be good, but what if my doctor refuses to order one?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      This is your body.... the doctor can't refuse to order a test for you. I had a bit of an argument with my doctor about an MRI but he quickly relented and ordered it for me. An MRI will show what a mammogram and an ultrasound can't. In my case, it would have found my breast cancer much earlier....

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      This is your body.... the doctor can't refuse to order a test for you. I had a bit of an argument with my doctor about an MRI but he quickly relented and ordered it for me. An MRI will show what a mammogram and an ultrasound can't. In my case, it would have found my breast cancer much earlier. Be polite, be nice, but be persistant, and win this one as if your life depended on it. I hope Diana reads this as she will also support you in getting an MRI. You GO GIRL!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Jennifer. I totally agree with Sharon. You have lumps that a mammogram & ultrasound aren't picking up. Hopefully they are benign....but you don't know. It's crucial that you have an MRI preformed. I wished my doctors would have done one for me. Thus my cancer was found much too late. It is...

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      Hi Jennifer. I totally agree with Sharon. You have lumps that a mammogram & ultrasound aren't picking up. Hopefully they are benign....but you don't know. It's crucial that you have an MRI preformed. I wished my doctors would have done one for me. Thus my cancer was found much too late. It is your body and you need to demand more testing. If your doctor refuses then it might be time to find another doctor. Take care Jennifer & keep us posted

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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?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 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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  • Valerie Torrence Nichols Profile

    Has the Oncotype DX test affected anyone's decision to have chemo? I would love to hear of someone else's experience.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 16 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Valerie,
      With this test, we have an opportunity to look into the future. Rather than carving that decision in stone, be open to the chance you might have to change. To have a golden opportunity right now to thwart a reoccurance and ultimately save yourself from additional treatment in the...

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      Valerie,
      With this test, we have an opportunity to look into the future. Rather than carving that decision in stone, be open to the chance you might have to change. To have a golden opportunity right now to thwart a reoccurance and ultimately save yourself from additional treatment in the future is worth its weight in gold. This will be your window of opportunity. Here's hoping for a very low score. Take care, Sharon

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    • Alison Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It made all the difference to me! Everyone was sure I wouldnt need chemo but my results put me in the "grey area" between not needing it and needing it. It was a tough decision but since there isn't enough data out there about the "grey area" I decided to proceed with chemo. I would encourage you...

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      It made all the difference to me! Everyone was sure I wouldnt need chemo but my results put me in the "grey area" between not needing it and needing it. It was a tough decision but since there isn't enough data out there about the "grey area" I decided to proceed with chemo. I would encourage you to take the test.

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    Does having breast cancer make you feel tired easily? (and I haven't started my treatment yet)

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I remember feeling fatigued after diagnosis because of the emotional stress. After that each treatment sort of ads to the fatigue so keep active!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree with Kathy. Even though you haven't began your treatment...the emotional toll of being diagnosed with breast cancer is exausting. I was very tired and stressed before I started treatment. It gets easier. I finished my chemo last month, and getting ready for my BMX on the 24th of this...

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      I agree with Kathy. Even though you haven't began your treatment...the emotional toll of being diagnosed with breast cancer is exausting. I was very tired and stressed before I started treatment. It gets easier. I finished my chemo last month, and getting ready for my BMX on the 24th of this month. Hugs and prayers,

      Diana

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  • Betsy Chapin Profile

    Has anyone experienced leg cramps when taking tamoxifen? I frequently wake up many times a night with leg pain and I have been on tamoxifen for 5 months.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    almost 8 years 10 answers
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    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It is common as I wrote before, but it is crucial that you advise your oncologist. The drug has a slight risk for blood clots. Leg cramps are a common side effect with this drug, but if your pain is greater than that of a cramp or you feel chest pain, you need to advise your oncologist immediately.

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    • Omar Hinojosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This is a common for women.

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  • sharon s Profile

    FYI Netflix documentaries. Watched the Gerson Miracle & I'm about to start watching Burzynski. Dying to Have Known is next. Before chemo, I watched Hungry for Change & Fat Sick & Nearly Dead. Hope they inspire us to be reactive & our own advocates.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 8 answers
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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Blood purification
      Liver detox
      Dead cell elimination
      Non animal protein or fats
      No sugar or ordinary table salt

      None of us want a reoccurance.

      Chemo means no raw to avoid infections but healthy variety appears key. Peel wash and bake.

      This information will be helpful to someone.
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      Blood purification
      Liver detox
      Dead cell elimination
      Non animal protein or fats
      No sugar or ordinary table salt

      None of us want a reoccurance.

      Chemo means no raw to avoid infections but healthy variety appears key. Peel wash and bake.

      This information will be helpful to someone.
      For me, I'm tackling it a step at a time. Surgery chemo (which I've tolerated without additional medicine except for severe reaction to taxol)

      Lets accept all the information and do what we can to help ourselves too.

      Very best.

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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes it is awsome isn't it,,, I believe it it100%

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  • Tamara Davidson Profile

    Had my first radiation treatment today,, has anyone ever tried coconut oil? I have aloe plants and aquafor. .

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    almost 6 years 11 answers
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    • Fats ferreira Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi ladies, My mother is on treatment 24 of 28, then she'll be getting 3 to 5 Boosts, so far, her skin has been good,no redness, no peeling, no blisters, perhaps those that have been through this could tell if the boosts are worse? Than normal rads? here in South Africa, the protocol, seems a bit...

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      Hi ladies, My mother is on treatment 24 of 28, then she'll be getting 3 to 5 Boosts, so far, her skin has been good,no redness, no peeling, no blisters, perhaps those that have been through this could tell if the boosts are worse? Than normal rads? here in South Africa, the protocol, seems a bit different, my mom hasn't been allowed to wet that breast @ all, just a gentle wipe, and then apply Maizena (corn starch) powder to the breast, and for her underarms, she's been allowed no deodorants, no creams or anything! No bra allowed, and Loose clothing! I must say for those that are going to start this, my mom has breased through rads so far, she was so scared, and didn't want to do radiation, Because 6 months of Chemo was really really tough! God Bless you all!

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    • Tamara Davidson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Thanks for all the well wishes ladies I kinda read some threads online about the cocunut oil and people who have used it during their treatment and they claim it works I will try all that I have and see what happens,, anyway thank ya

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    Does jp drain coming out hurt 2 wks after mastectomy? Did anyone remove it themselves or family do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm a big baby and it didn't hurt at all! You will be relieved once they are out! I felt like I could actually move and start doing my exercises once they were out. I was so afraid to move while I had them thinking I was going to yank them out. LOL wishing you a speedy recovery ;)

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Agreed -- do NOT do it yourself. The doctor should pull it out quickly, like ripping off a band aid. Doesn't hurt. I just remember being surprised at feeling how far in those tubes were, so don't do it yourself! Getting them out will be such a relief not to have those things danglish off you...

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      Agreed -- do NOT do it yourself. The doctor should pull it out quickly, like ripping off a band aid. Doesn't hurt. I just remember being surprised at feeling how far in those tubes were, so don't do it yourself! Getting them out will be such a relief not to have those things danglish off you anymore.

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    Once the mediport is put in does it hurt when they access it for blood draws, Chemo Infusions, etc.,

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 7 years 11 answers
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    • Sarah Phinney Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Not at all. I found the first time accessing it, it was tender from being worked - but found after the needle was in (which was just a prick) nothing was painful for me. I also found the needle access became less apparent over time too. For infusions, I usually couldn't tell the difference...

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      Not at all. I found the first time accessing it, it was tender from being worked - but found after the needle was in (which was just a prick) nothing was painful for me. I also found the needle access became less apparent over time too. For infusions, I usually couldn't tell the difference between chemo, saline, or anti-nausea drugs -didn't hurt. Hang in there.

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I had my port put in 10-09 and it still remains in. I have been so fortunate with mine. Have never had any trouble. I go to get it flushed every month if it has not been accessed for anything. Mine is a power port. Only thing I feel when accessed is the needle prick. Good luck.

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  • Aunia Hall Profile

    I have an ultrasound guided biopsy on Monday and my Dr. said I should hear something in 2-3 days after. How long does it actually take to get the pathology report and test results?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    about 7 years 10 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      An MRI guided biopsy is different than an ultrasound guided biopsy. An ultrasound biopsy is not that bad really, it only takes about 15 min. Good luck and just keep in mind that most biopsies come back not showing any cancer.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Aunia, we all understand the angst of the wait. I had to wait 3 days. I also had an ultrasound guided biopsy. It didn't take that long and like Diana, I was just a little sore afterward.... remember to put some ice on the area. So many of these are benign, so don't worry yourself sick about...

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      Aunia, we all understand the angst of the wait. I had to wait 3 days. I also had an ultrasound guided biopsy. It didn't take that long and like Diana, I was just a little sore afterward.... remember to put some ice on the area. So many of these are benign, so don't worry yourself sick about it. Your doctor is just being proactive and looking out for your best interest. I have a huge circle of friends and many of them have had this type of test..... of them all, I am the only one whose test came out positive. Hang in there Aunia.... we are all here to help support one another. Blessings to you, Sharon

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  • Delicia matthews Profile

    What is unilateral mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      A unilateral mastectomy is the surgical removal of one breast. A bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts.

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    Just shaved my head and trying to find cute ways to tie scarves but having trouble finding what I'm looking for. Anyone have a favorite video tutorial or website?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 10 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used different colored pashminas and tied it at the back of my head(nape of neck) then wrapped it into a bun. Slap on some big hoop earrings and some make up and I was ready for the world

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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I used different colored pash

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  • deb s Profile

    My oncotype DX score was 60, very high! Has anyone else had scores this high??? Does a high score impact my overall prognosis and chance for recurrence or new cancer after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Deb, I found a very good explanation about the reason for the Onco DX, and the theory behind it.
      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/oncotype_dx.jsp

      As I understand it, the test helps women and their doctors predict whether their type of cancer, even though you are node...

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      Hi Deb, I found a very good explanation about the reason for the Onco DX, and the theory behind it.
      http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/oncotype_dx.jsp

      As I understand it, the test helps women and their doctors predict whether their type of cancer, even though you are node negative, is likely to reoccur. The tests that come back a high score are the types of breast cancer's where it would be advantagious to receive further treatment such as chemotherapy and/ or hormone therapy. You probably have an upcoming appointment with your oncologist to ask these questions. There is a website that is called Ajunctive Online or something similar. Your oncologist can plug in your type of cancer, staging, size, type and come up with your percentages. It will show your chances with chemotherapy and without. It was impressive and I went through chemotherapy and hormone therapy. If after you talk to your oncologist, and you still have questions, go for a second opinion. I would also advise you to bring along a friend, spouse, other family member who can take notes. You will probably need some help processing all the information. You will do fine. It's a big journey but your have a whole bunch of women who have been there.... done that. Healing hugs, Sharon

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    • nicole blagburn Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I would like to know the answer to this too. I found out my score next week.

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  • Jennifer Marks Profile

    I found a lump in my right breast and am going for a biopsy on Monday. (after an ultrasound where they found a suspicious mass) Should I be worried?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Jennifer, i know finding a lump is scary. I've been there. You're doing the right thing by having a biopsy. It's difficult waiting for the results but, just know that 80% of biopsies are benign. So keep your chin up and I'll say a prayer that you're in that 80%! Take care. :)

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Hi Jennifer I would not be honest if I were to tell you not to worry. It's only human to worry especially when you are waiting for results of any kind. However, I will tell you try not to dwell on the outcome pray and ask God to give you strength and peace until they are received. I will also ...

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      Hi Jennifer I would not be honest if I were to tell you not to worry. It's only human to worry especially when you are waiting for results of any kind. However, I will tell you try not to dwell on the outcome pray and ask God to give you strength and peace until they are received. I will also be praying for you. Stay encouraged maintain your Faith and Hope. Remember all If not most of us on this site are here to support you.

      Love and Blessings
      Your Sister of Hope!!!

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    I found a lump and had a mammogram and ultrasound, which were normal- but I still feel the lump and now I have pain under my arm when I raise my hand. My dr didn't seem too concerned, but I am. Cancer runs in my family. What should I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 7 answers
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    • Becky G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I suggest getting a new doctor and demanding an MRI. I found my lump during a monthly self exam. I went to my gynecologist and then was referred to get a mammogram. My lump showed up a lot better on an MRI, then I got a biopsy on the mass. It was 5 cm!!! It was there for a very long time...

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      I suggest getting a new doctor and demanding an MRI. I found my lump during a monthly self exam. I went to my gynecologist and then was referred to get a mammogram. My lump showed up a lot better on an MRI, then I got a biopsy on the mass. It was 5 cm!!! It was there for a very long time before I even caught it. And, I don't have any family history...but, that doesn't seem to matter.
      I would keep pushing until you get some answers. It's sad but you do have to be your own health advocate. Do the research and find a doctor that will help you. You are worth it!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If I were you, I would ask your doctor to order an MRI. Tell him you are still concerned and want to check this out further. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was shocked to see how the tumor showed up like a light bulb on an MRI. Good luck to you and please keep us posted.

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    I am scheduling my biopsy. What should I know to ask a breast surgeon? Don't want to be awake during biopsy. Can they see what it is, and just do either Lumpectomy or Masectomy? Hubby not helpful, and no friends in the area....

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi there,

      First, I'm sorry you don't have the support you'd like from your husband. We all understand your fear and anxiety -- just know that there are a bunch of women who are here to give you the support you need.

      Second, you don't say what kind of biopsy you're having, but I suspect it...

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      Hi there,

      First, I'm sorry you don't have the support you'd like from your husband. We all understand your fear and anxiety -- just know that there are a bunch of women who are here to give you the support you need.

      Second, you don't say what kind of biopsy you're having, but I suspect it involves minor surgery. You don't really have to be awake, but you don't need general anesthesia either. What they can do is give you what they call "IV sedation" which really relaxes you. They may also throw some stuff in there so you don't remember the procedure at all. They will definitely make the entire biopsy area numb so you won't feel any pain. the biopsy doesn't take very long -- putting you under general anesthesia would probably take longer!

      Third, a diagnosis isn't a one-step process. We ALL want to know right away. A breast surgeon will have an idea once he/she sees the lump. But in my experience they don't usually do frozen sections (a quick look by a pathologist) during or immediately after a biopsy. They send the tissue to the pathologist so he/she can look at it carefully and make a proper diagnosis.

      If it's cancer, the doctor will want to talk to you about what type of cancer it is, along with a number of other things. Most importantly, he/she will discuss options with you. Ultimately it will be your decision, but as long as your doctor is a BOARD CERTIFIED surgeon who likely specializes in breast surgery, he/she will steer you in the right direction.

      Best of luck to you. Keep us posted!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      There are decisions to be made from what is found by doing the biopsy. SInce you have not had one, a needle biopsy is not a "for sure" having breast cancer. Needle biopsy's are done awake. As awful as it sounds, it is a quick procedure and many times the doctor doing the biopsy...

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      Anonymous,
      There are decisions to be made from what is found by doing the biopsy. SInce you have not had one, a needle biopsy is not a "for sure" having breast cancer. Needle biopsy's are done awake. As awful as it sounds, it is a quick procedure and many times the doctor doing the biopsy has some information to share. A small area of the breast is numbed, and the needle used to take the sample, doesn't hurt, you just feel pressure. Again.... just because you are having a biopsy, certainly does not mean you have breast cancer. So many of my friends have had biopsy's and of all of them, I am the only one who turned up with breast cancer. Please take one thing at a time. If you have not had a biopsy and actually been told you have breast cancer assume you DON'T until the biopsy results are back. In the world of breast cancer.... there are a lot of testing, and decision making that goes into it even before you have surgery. One step at a time....
      You have the biopsy, in about a week, you get the results. Most of the time, there is nothing wrong and you just go on with your life. If you do have breast cancer, you will have a series of testing before you have surgery. After surgery, you will hear about the rest of your treatment. Every woman is treated as an individual. A diagnosis of breast cancer is NOT a death sentence! We, who have had breast cancer, will be your friends, and sisters in this journey. BUT FIRST.... you have to be diagnosed with breast cancer!
      Hang in there darlin' you may not join our Ya-Ya Sisterhood until you hear those lousy words.... "You have breast cancer...." Here is wishing you WON'T be one of the members!
      Hugs and caring, Sharon

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    Will I be able to care for my cats (liter boxes, feeding etc) when I have chemo and radiation treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Anonymous:
      My Onc. was dead set against litter box cleaning when I was going through chemo. because of the possibility of picking up some kind of disease. Feeding my kitty's was ok. My hubby took over litter box cleaning. My onc. also did not want me to spend any time around my horses. Being...

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      Anonymous:
      My Onc. was dead set against litter box cleaning when I was going through chemo. because of the possibility of picking up some kind of disease. Feeding my kitty's was ok. My hubby took over litter box cleaning. My onc. also did not want me to spend any time around my horses. Being with my horses is like --life-- to me. I took care of all of my animals, including my 7 horses as much as I could. When I couldn't, my wonderful Husband was always there to share the load. Trying to make me stay away from my animals was just not going to happen. I took my chances, and never had any kind of illness. I was fastidious about keeping my hands washed but my animals were and are part of my reason for living. If you get the word you can't clean litter boxes, ask if it would be acceptable if you wore gloves and a mask? I can't imagine you would lesson your chances of picking up any kind of disease. Take care, Sharon

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      During treatments, I did everything that was part of my regular routine (including taking care of my cats- litter, food etc, and working daily as a kindergarten para- with the boogie noses and all)! I had a good immune system to begin with, so i just made sure to wash my hands and sanitize. I...

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      During treatments, I did everything that was part of my regular routine (including taking care of my cats- litter, food etc, and working daily as a kindergarten para- with the boogie noses and all)! I had a good immune system to begin with, so i just made sure to wash my hands and sanitize. I only got one sore throat during treatments and was put on antibiotics as a precaution. Do what is best for you and you will be fine!

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    Anyone having lower back pain while on tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • R. SUTHERLAND Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      Yes!!

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    • Sandra Dakin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. I am having an MRI next week to rule out disk issues. My Onco however did not think there was a correlation.

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    I'm 6 days out after my first neulasta shot and started having hip pain and lower back pain yesterday. Is this normal?? I'm gonna call my oncologist today.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 10 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am always glad to hear you will be contacting your oncologist's office since you are having a question about pain. During your treatment, bone pain, joint pain, discomfort is common. It may be due to the chemo treatment or Neulasta injection... so it is hard to say. Your doctor may suggest...

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      I am always glad to hear you will be contacting your oncologist's office since you are having a question about pain. During your treatment, bone pain, joint pain, discomfort is common. It may be due to the chemo treatment or Neulasta injection... so it is hard to say. Your doctor may suggest something for the pain so it is good you will be talking to the office today. We have been there and some of this board are in treatment right now. Hang in there, gal. Please keep in contact with us. Take care, and blessings to you. Sharon

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    • Kim Amelio Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      I can help with this!! My mom heard that if you take Claritin the night before your Neulasta shot and continue to take it for like three days ( Claritin.. not Claritin D) you get no joint pain!! And it worked.. she had no pain whatsoever. It's worth a try.. everyone she knows who has taken it...

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      I can help with this!! My mom heard that if you take Claritin the night before your Neulasta shot and continue to take it for like three days ( Claritin.. not Claritin D) you get no joint pain!! And it worked.. she had no pain whatsoever. It's worth a try.. everyone she knows who has taken it never got the joint pains.. good luck=)

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  • André Roberts Profile

    Thanks Ladies for all the well wishes & prayers. Surgery went well. I'm sore as heck but I know it'll pass. Prayers to you all.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 6 years 12 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's so nice to hear from you and know everything went well. Rest and take care of yourself. Hope your feeling better real soon. And smile it's over. Hugs jayme

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    • Wendy DeLong Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yay :D !!! So happy for you! I'm sure you'll have a speedy recovery. I'm not far behind you..... Surgery for me Jan 23 for my implants. Can't wait to get these expanders out!! Again, congrats!!

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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
    about 6 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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    Is it ok to have alcohol while on Tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 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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  • 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
    over 5 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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