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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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  • 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 5 years 9 answers
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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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      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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  • roshan mohta Profile

    my girl frnd mother is with breast cancer.. does that mean she will also have.. secondly she had a lump in her breast during her teenage.. it has been removed. does this has any relation to cancer

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Roshan,
      I think you are asking if she can be cured of breast cancer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, etc. Hopefully, this was found in an early stage and it will be successfully treated and cured.
      As for her having a lump when she was a teenager, it may or may not...

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      Roshan,
      I think you are asking if she can be cured of breast cancer. It all depends on the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, etc. Hopefully, this was found in an early stage and it will be successfully treated and cured.
      As for her having a lump when she was a teenager, it may or may not have anything to do in predicting she would have cancer in her future. There a many more lumps in women's breasts that turn out to be benign than turn out to be cancer. If a woman turns up with breast cancer later in life after having a lump removed as a teen, you might say it was a predictor. If she had that lump removed and never got breast cancer you could say it doesn't have anything to so with future breast cancer.
      No one really knows what causes breast cancer. Some can be a genetic component but the majority.... nobody really knows what flips the switch and makes cells divide wildly and turn into cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • leslie adkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mom had breast cancer. I have it. Because she had it, it was a blessing for me, because knowing I had a high risk, I kept up on my mammos, self check, etc. and the survival rate is higher for folks like me, for those same reasons.

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    Greetings , I have Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer estrogen/progestrone pos.HER-2neg withKi-67. How do you know if the cancer has spread to lymphatic areas and what are the chances of surviving this kind of diagnosis?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jo is right.... you still don't have all the information you need to see the complete picture. For example...." Ki-67 is a cancer antigen that is found in growing, dividing cells but is absent in the resting phase of cell growth. This characteristic makes Ki-67 a good tumor marker." The lower...

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      Jo is right.... you still don't have all the information you need to see the complete picture. For example...." Ki-67 is a cancer antigen that is found in growing, dividing cells but is absent in the resting phase of cell growth. This characteristic makes Ki-67 a good tumor marker." The lower the number in a Ki-67, the better.
      As far as your diagnosis goes, I would call it so far, so good. I had the same findings and am still alive and healthy 5 years later. My initial diagnosis was 2-A and then they found microscopic cancer cells in 1-5 nodes. Staging when to a 2-B. I chose to have a mastectomy and then 4 rounds of chemo. I am just finishing the 5 years of hormone blocking drug "Femara". (I could have had a lumpectomy)
      You are still in the diagnosis phase and need a few more pieces of the puzzle. Your doctor may request an OncoDX test which is a predictor of possible future reoccurrence. It is also a way to decide if you will need chemotherapy. Please keep us posted. Hang in there.... take care, Sharon
      PS.... I detest talking survivor predictions.... tests can only go so far. Each and every woman is an individual. Some pretty tough diagnosis's come out of this by living long lives! As many women say, we don't have an expiration date! Don't put mental limitations on yourself by trying to dig around for cold statistics. We are better and stronger than that!!! You ARE a warrior!

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Your staging is incomplete until sentinel nodes are biopsied. Sounds like you haven't had surgery. Hopefully you asked these questions to your surgeon. Be aggressive with those.

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    Why do people get breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 1 answer

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