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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. .

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    Stage 4 Patient
    over 5 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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    Disscomfort right breast fuller heavier than left one; acute sharp pain/very tender. Full hystorectomy over 15 years ago hormone replacement. Mamograms last 3 years normal. My mom died from breast cancer before age 60.

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    Family Member or Loved One
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to...

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      Any changes at all in the breasts should be checked out ASAP! My right breast was fuller than my left, tender, & swollen. It seemed to happen overnight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And this came 5 months after a so called "clean" mammogram. Please get it checked out. It may be nothing to worry about...but you never ever want to take that chance!! Always better to be safe than sorry. Keep us posted on how you are.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My breast was uncomfortable, heavy and burning so I went and had a mammogram. They found IDC and I am mid way through my treatment. You need to have any changes to your breast checked out. Even more so because you have a family history. All the best.

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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 6 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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  • 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
    about 7 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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    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
    over 6 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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  • 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
    almost 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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    How long does it take an axillary node dissection to heal? I'm having pain and numbness, plus, it's difficult to sleep at night. Should I go to a PT?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup it hurts more than the mastectomy. I had nasty lymph webbing like a "cord" from my armpit to wrist. I went to Physio and it got me full range, reduced the pain, etc. But find a good one with experience in it.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I...

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      I agree with all the previous answers! My lymph node dissection (in April) hurt more than the mastectomy I ultimately had (in May). I did use a pillow - one that was longer and narrow - and slept on my back with my arm elevated on it. It helped until I could move around in my sleep more. I also had the numbness and it's still not 100% back to normal, but I am used to it, I think. It's a slow and sometimes painful recovery. Definitely get a referral for physical therapy. There are PT's who specialize in post-mastectomy.

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

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 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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  • 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 6 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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  • Delicia matthews Profile

    What is unilateral mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

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

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3C Patient
    about 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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  • 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
    over 6 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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  • 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
    almost 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'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 6 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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    Any advice for treating this awful furry feeling inside my mouth? I am just one week into a new TC regimen, and some foods taste okay, but the texture thing is really bothering me.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 5 years 7 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I was taxotere/cytoxan all i could taste is chocolate and rusty pipe. Texture is alway a big deal for me. I lived on yogurt(really cold) and crackers and protein drinks. On the few days I could taste ipa beer and really spicy salsa an hour later lots and lots of tums.

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I think biotine, that mouthwash for sensitive mouths might help

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    I will be starting Arimidex and was wondering what is the best time of day to take this medication, my Oncologist says early morning, I would like to hear from someone already taking it.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 10 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry I o ly lasted 2 weekson

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    • tara mollick Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had to take Tamoxifen and I also took mine at night for the same reason as above :)

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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
    about 6 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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  • Carla Victor-rawson Profile

    What about exercise after lumpectomy. & SNB starting to feel a little swollen... Anybody know what to do? Was NOT given a lot of post op instruction

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I had SNB a month ago they told me I could shower after a day and to slowly move my arm do it doesn't get stiff. I had a drain at the SNB site for two weeks. If it is swollen you might need to see the Dr so they can manually aspirate you. I hope you aren't feeling too sore.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Carla, Jo's post-op instructions are great. As for the exercise, it depends on what type. Walking would be great.... throwing your arms into the air, might not be a good idea. Weight lifting would be a NO. This is not long term probably a week or two at the most. Contact your doctor's office...

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      Carla, Jo's post-op instructions are great. As for the exercise, it depends on what type. Walking would be great.... throwing your arms into the air, might not be a good idea. Weight lifting would be a NO. This is not long term probably a week or two at the most. Contact your doctor's office to check with them to make sure especially about the suspected swelling. Take care, Sharon

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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
    over 6 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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  • Jo Thomas Profile

    Can I get a tattoo after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
    about 6 years 10 answers
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    • Jo Thomas Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Thanks girls! I'm planning on getting the word 'Courage' because without it none of us would get through this journey.

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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes. Breast reconstruction includes a tattooed nipple. Never thought I would get a tattoo, but glad I did. ( Had it done after chemo). Best of luck to you with your bc journey. Take care.

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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 6 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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  • 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?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    about 7 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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  • Kristine Fonseca Profile

    I just had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction 30 days ago. I still have the tissue expanders in. I am still in a lot of pain. Is this normal? If so, how long does it last.? The pain is 24/7 with no relief.

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    Stage 2A Patient
    over 6 years 8 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Kristine have you made your doctor aware of your constant pain? I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies. My breast or chest area felt tight like my breast was engorged when I was breast feeding I took Vicodin for pain every 4-6 hours that first week then Advil was enough for the...

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      Kristine have you made your doctor aware of your constant pain? I had reconstruction at the time of my mastectomies. My breast or chest area felt tight like my breast was engorged when I was breast feeding I took Vicodin for pain every 4-6 hours that first week then Advil was enough for the pain. I have no experience with tissue expanders. I had to lay with my head elevated propped up on pillows sitting on a recliner was best as soon as I laid flat I could feel the pressure in my chest. I also felt better wearing an ace wrap around my chest instead of a bra it felt better to have that firm support. Give your doctor a call and make him aware of your pain

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I had a right mastectomy with an expander just over 2 weeks ago and after 2 days I was on regular tylenol and eventually ibuprofen. I took the havy duty stuff -- vicodin or valium -- at night. I only had one side, but it seems extreme to be having constant pain after 30 days. If you haven't...

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      I had a right mastectomy with an expander just over 2 weeks ago and after 2 days I was on regular tylenol and eventually ibuprofen. I took the havy duty stuff -- vicodin or valium -- at night. I only had one side, but it seems extreme to be having constant pain after 30 days. If you haven't tried the valium ask your doctor, as it acts as a muscle relaxer and can help a lot!

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  • nancy  wilcox Profile

    Did anyone experience tingling in their fingers when your axillary nodes were inflamed?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Julie,

      yes with the finger tingles [tended to be thumb and next two fingers] however mine was related to after effects of Sentinel Node Biopsy. I had sentinal node under right armpit removed during surgery and tested for cancer cells while still under anethethic. No cancer cells were found so no...

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      Julie,

      yes with the finger tingles [tended to be thumb and next two fingers] however mine was related to after effects of Sentinel Node Biopsy. I had sentinal node under right armpit removed during surgery and tested for cancer cells while still under anethethic. No cancer cells were found so no further lymph nodes were removed.

      I found in weeks after surgery the rotation/range of motion in right shoulder got more and more limited and the finger tingles started. The physiotherapist i consulted said the finger tingles were related to nerves that had been disturbed/injured during the sentinel node surgery. I had a series of exercises to retain full range of motion in right shoulder and stretching exercises that ensured the lines of nerves etc in my right arm did not tighten and contract. My persisting with these physiotherapy exercises, the tingling would intensify immediately around the exercise period, but over a few months it gradually reduced to the point where it rarely happens these days. The physiotherapist said it was good I had come in within weeks of surgery when the problem first happened as it meant I was able to stretch scar tissue and nerves so they did not "set" in a tight position that caused irritation. Softening scars and lengthening nerves is harder work the longer you leave it.
      Tingles in right arm and right fingers can be associated with heart disease.
      Tingles in fingers especially in your dominant hand can be associated with carpel tunnel syndrome [over use by repetitive actions often cause it].
      Just reminding you that finger tingles can be associated with other things such as that or even constant sleeping on one side to ease pressure on breast cancer surgery side can also cause nerve compression and finger tingling if you are heavy, or even if you aren't, if you are constantly sleeping on one shoulder.

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    • Julie Dalton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hello Nancy,
      I'm not sure whether I can be of any help, but I'll certainly try. Since I don't know how far you are on with your Chemo and/or Radiotherapy sessions I'm not able to form a proper judgement, but on what little I've read about tingling in your fingers when your Axillary nodes are...

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      Hello Nancy,
      I'm not sure whether I can be of any help, but I'll certainly try. Since I don't know how far you are on with your Chemo and/or Radiotherapy sessions I'm not able to form a proper judgement, but on what little I've read about tingling in your fingers when your Axillary nodes are inflamed all I can tel you is this; I had a mastectomy with 10 nodes removed last October. I did all the Exercises that they tell you to do after the Op in order to keep a full range of motion in the shoulder and arm area. Three months later, and during my Chemo sessions I discovered I had the condition they call Lymphoedema. This is brought on by loss of the Lymph nodes as I'm sure you know. Anyhow all I can tell you is that my hand is quite severely numb and tingly all of the time so obviously the nodes and the lymph and hand area are all connected and very very complimentary to each other. More than we realise I think. If you'd like to keep in touch or have any more questions then I'd be only too pleased to hear from you - my email address is; daltonfox@btinternet.com and my name is Julie. Bye for now. Take care, Julie

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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
    about 6 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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