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    Is it ok to have alcohol while on Tamoxifen?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

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

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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  • Nikki De France Lucas Profile

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

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

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

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

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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

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  • Terri Miller Profile

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

    Asked by anonymous

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

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

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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

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

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

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    almost 8 years 13 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

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

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  • Lisa W Profile

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

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    Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

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

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

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

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

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

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

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

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

      Best of luck!

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

    Asked by anonymous

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

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

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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a wire guided lumpectomy.

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  • 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
    almost 8 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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    Anybody Dx with stage 2A with Negative Nodes, Had To Do Any chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      It depends on what is contained on a cellular level. What type of breast cancer, stage, grade, onco DX. Her2+ ER- PR- ? Lots of findings go into the decision for your treatment. It isn't just because it is a 2A. That is only part of it. You are still in the discovery-phase of your diagnosis. ...

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      It depends on what is contained on a cellular level. What type of breast cancer, stage, grade, onco DX. Her2+ ER- PR- ? Lots of findings go into the decision for your treatment. It isn't just because it is a 2A. That is only part of it. You are still in the discovery-phase of your diagnosis. Once your path is clear, you will honestly feel better about everything. You will know a lot more in days to come. Hang in there.... you will be ok even if you have to have chemo. Take care, Sharon

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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, I was stage 2 ER/PR positive, her2 negative, and I had chemo first to shrink the tumor before surgery. Age also made a difference in my treatment, I was 29 when diagnosed.

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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
    almost 8 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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  • Christina H Profile

    How much Blueberry Extract should I take daily to help with my Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 6 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I probably would'nt be taking it at all. My onco also advised not using natural supplements. You should speak to your onco first. Natural products have not been proven to help with any cancer.

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    • lisa oldham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My oncologist told me to avoid antioxidants and supplements 3 days before and after. In between I maintained the healthiest diet filled with organic veggies in soup, green tea etc. I went for acupuncture to support my organs and combat nausea.

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  • Betsy Chapin Profile

    I am struggling with how cancer consumes my everyday thoughts. This month is especially difficult when we are bombarded with pink everywhere. I finished treatment 7 months ago and I still have it on my mind everyday. When will it go away?

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    Survivor since 2010
    over 8 years 12 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Betsy, unfortunately I can't answer that. I often wonder the same. Will it ever end? I am still in the middle of my treatments. I finished my last chemo just a few weeks ago and will have a double mastectomy in less than two weeks. Then finally radiation. And you're right...pink is everywhere...

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      Hi Betsy, unfortunately I can't answer that. I often wonder the same. Will it ever end? I am still in the middle of my treatments. I finished my last chemo just a few weeks ago and will have a double mastectomy in less than two weeks. Then finally radiation. And you're right...pink is everywhere this month. Of course you and I...and all the other women

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Thank you to each and every one of you for answering. You have really helped me become more optimistic about this and I know this all consuming breast cancer feeling shall pass. In most moments of the day, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life due to my cancer journey. Time shall heal and...

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      Thank you to each and every one of you for answering. You have really helped me become more optimistic about this and I know this all consuming breast cancer feeling shall pass. In most moments of the day, I am the happiest I have ever been in my life due to my cancer journey. Time shall heal and cancer will stay in the background of my life. Today is a good day!

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    36, diagnosed stage 4 breast w/bone mets, has taken EVERYTHING from me, been fighting, I'm tired, my friends don't call me, and my family is nonexistent . I hurt so bad inside, I wish The Lord would take me,I'm afraid I'll do it myself. PLEASE HELP ME

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    Stage 4 Patient
    over 6 years 41 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Dear God we thank you for allowing Allison to fine this site. On behalf of all the Pink Sisters and Sisters Of Hope we pray that you give her peace, joy and remove all her thoughts of fear. She is your child and I know you will not leave her or fail her during this difficult time in her life....

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      Dear God we thank you for allowing Allison to fine this site. On behalf of all the Pink Sisters and Sisters Of Hope we pray that you give her peace, joy and remove all her thoughts of fear. She is your child and I know you will not leave her or fail her during this difficult time in her life. You are in complete control of all our life's and we know that you will answer our prayers for Allison. Lord I love you and I thank you for you have chosen all of us to go through the journey we have had to go through once we were diagnosed with B/C. Psalm 30(5) states that weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. These prayers I ask in your name. Amen!!
      Allison as you read the comments that so many of your sister have posted I truly hope that you can find comfort and know that we are here for you please reach out to us. Do you have an email address if so can you respond so I can communicate with you. Or share your phone number I would also like to be a blessing to you just so you can see that we are serious on this site.
      Please don't stop praying cause The Lord is nigh on don't stop praying he will here your cries for The Lord has promised and his word is true on don't stop praying he will answer you!!!
      Stay encouraged Sweetie with Love and Blessings!!
      Your Sister Of Hope

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      You are not alone!! Everybody has a story of family, friends, or sposes that have tucked their tale and run. I have a mother that would take two bottles of wine to talk about. You need to fight for your future. You have a future and yes you have a hell of a battle but you can and will win. You...

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      You are not alone!! Everybody has a story of family, friends, or sposes that have tucked their tale and run. I have a mother that would take two bottles of wine to talk about. You need to fight for your future. You have a future and yes you have a hell of a battle but you can and will win. You are hereI think I'm the 15th post you are not alone in fact it's getting a little crowded in here. Find me on facebook there's a big walker hound is my profile picture. There is a group there and somebody is allways up with insomnia. Big hugs headed your way.

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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 8 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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  • misty wilbanks Profile

    Will it increase my chances for breast cancer coming back if i have a lumpectomy or will it decrease if i have mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 7 answers
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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      it will not decrease or increase your cancer from what I have read, cancer cells float around everywhere and if you get mastectomy and new ones, they will have to remove everything when if it comes back. My theory is keep what you have until you have to really let go

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    • Becky card swerdloff  Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      there is no right answer. Some women take the brac test and have their breast removed in fear of getting cancer. Unfortunately, I learned that even if you have your breasts removed you can get breast cancer. Remember cancer is in each one of us. Whether hormones, change of llfe body changes,...

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      there is no right answer. Some women take the brac test and have their breast removed in fear of getting cancer. Unfortunately, I learned that even if you have your breasts removed you can get breast cancer. Remember cancer is in each one of us. Whether hormones, change of llfe body changes, food, plastic, stress can trigger cancer. If there are cancer cells floating on your chest bone, you will still get breast cancer. Some suggest a super diet, less stress, prayer and hormone regulation will help. I was told by Dr. Cox in tampa that my type of lumpectomy breast cancer should not reoccur for at least 10 years. I am not taking any tamoxifin or other cancer preventative drugs. If I have 10 years left, I want to be drug free.

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 15 answers
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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 1998

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

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

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    Was anyone's husband not supportive

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 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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  • 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
    over 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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    I was Reading my post operative pathology report and found out I jumped from grade 2 to grade 3. Feeling like it's no longer curable. How do you cope?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 9 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I understand hoe you're feeling. I was diagnosed last year at 49 with stage 3C breast cancer. I was scared beyond belief. The cancer was also in my chest wall and 13 lymph nodes with some breaking outside the node. Went through 8 rounds of chemo then a bilateral mastectomy. They discovered that...

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      I understand hoe you're feeling. I was diagnosed last year at 49 with stage 3C breast cancer. I was scared beyond belief. The cancer was also in my chest wall and 13 lymph nodes with some breaking outside the node. Went through 8 rounds of chemo then a bilateral mastectomy. They discovered that chemo hadn't helped as much as they thought. So....I switched chemo drugs and had 8 more 3 weeks after my surgery. Then 33 radiation treatments. I'm on tamoxifen now and I'm happy to say I'm in remission!!! It wasn't easy. You just take it one day at a time. If that's too much....one hour at time. You'll get to the other side of all this. And we're cheering you on.....every step of the way!!!!!!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I, too, had a disappointment in my post-op pathology report. After hearing from my surgeon right after my surgery that all 5 sentinel nodes were clear.... one came back positive in the pathology report. I know how you feel, as it is a huge let-down and you MOMENTARILY watch your life pass...

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      I, too, had a disappointment in my post-op pathology report. After hearing from my surgeon right after my surgery that all 5 sentinel nodes were clear.... one came back positive in the pathology report. I know how you feel, as it is a huge let-down and you MOMENTARILY watch your life pass before your eyes. You just get back up on the pony and keep on riding! The shock of this will pass.... you will get better, you will get well, you will be ok. You got through your treatment, and charge ahead with your life. This is just a piece of the puzzle of your disease. This is not charting your course of life. There are a vast majority of us who are alive and well years after beating breast cancer. You just work on being one of us. I swear a positive attitude will do more for you than 50 gallons of tears you could cry over this small fact. You reaction should be.... SO WHAT! Kick booty darlin' do not let this get you down. Fight like a girl and you will be a winner.
      Hang in there, much love and strength, take care, Sharon

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    Anyone having lower back pain while on tamoxifen?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    over 8 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 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
    over 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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  • Linda Hubbard Profile

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

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    Stage 1 Patient
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • P G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3C Patient

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

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    • Roz Potenza Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

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

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

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

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  • 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?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 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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    Will I be able to care for my cats (liter boxes, feeding etc) when I have chemo and radiation treatments?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 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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  • 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?

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    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 8 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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  • 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
    over 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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