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A 2013 year-end message from a one-year breast cancer survivor; shares encouragement to continue the fight for a cure

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    has anyone had reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy? If so how was it done? how long did it take to complete? how painful was it? would you do it again?

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    Stage 2A Patient
    about 6 years 7 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had reconstruction same time as my bi lateral mast. I chose the tissue expanders then silicone implants. The expanders were not comfortable and each time they did a fill the more uncomfortable they got. I had them for a year and just recently got my implants in. At

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type...

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      I think the answers vary based upon what kind of reconstruction you are considering. www.cancersupportcommunity.org just published a new brochure on breast reconstruction that you might find helpful. It's got a great quick reference table in the back that lists the pros and cons of each type of reconstruction.

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    I am wondering if anyone has had persistent fatigue after breast cancer, radiation and taking Tamoxifen 20 mg? I am 3 years out and have to nap every day! I sometimes feel like the radiation destroyed me!

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 16 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      7 month survivor, radiation, no chemo, taking arimidex. Fatigue has been the worse side effect.

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      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the...

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      I hear you! I go to bed at about 8 pm every night and am still exhausted when I get up. I do get out and exercise and I have heard that the more you exercise, the more energy you feel like you have. Do you think it's the chemo drugs? I am wondering if that's what it is? When you read about the exhaustion, you can't really wrap your head around it until you have it. Did your brain go, too? I feel like I have a hard time focusing and remembering, too, after radiation. God bless you and keep you safe!

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    I'm on tycarb and xelode and my body is very weak. Has anyone gone though this? How long were you on this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Sharaya Staley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry xeloda and tykerb

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sharaya,
      I was not given this combination of chemotherapy but I can share that the drugs given for various types of breast cancer are tough on our bodies. It really doesn't matter in the big picture because the exhaustion you feel is a major side effect of all of these types of drugs. These...

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      Sharaya,
      I was not given this combination of chemotherapy but I can share that the drugs given for various types of breast cancer are tough on our bodies. It really doesn't matter in the big picture because the exhaustion you feel is a major side effect of all of these types of drugs. These drugs are fighting a great big bad enemy and they effect both cancer cells and normal cells. That is why we feel so tired. I want you to tell your oncologist the next time you go in about your exhaustion. They will take some blood to see how your immune system is handling the treatments. I was given an injection called Neulasta which helped bolster my immune system. Overall, this is a big tough battle and you are in the middle of it. It is quite universal to feel weak and tired is pretty common BUT TELL YOUR ONCOLOGIST! Hang in there..... Take care, Sharon

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    Where is the best place to be treated for breast cancer? I live in Florida and my children want me to go to Washington DC to stay with them to get better treatment.

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 9 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Both places are good - I would go to the place with the best support for you. Your children mean well- but are can they handle your chemo and doctors visits etc... It's hard for both parties but the best is when you have good support.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It probably has something to do with the type of breast cancer you have. Going through treatment it's nice not to be by yourself. What do you want to do? If you don't feel like you will get adequate carie in FL. Then you probably need to go so wen

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