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Diagnosis

 
Diagnosis

Chapter: 4 - Diagnosis

Subchapter: 2 - Why?

- Why do I have breast cancer?
- What could I have done differently?

There are some questions that cannot be answered; even so, they are not unreasonable questions to ask. Most people ask them. Just remember, doctors almost never pin down a single, precise cause for cancer.

It is very important to educate yourself about what’s ahead. By doing this, you will keep loved ones informed and help ease your own concern.

A support team of your family, friends and other breast cancer patients is extremely important. They will strengthen you through this season and encourage to make the most of your life, today.

You also have your medical team; this will typically include your personal physician, surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, radiologist and others. Their attention, care, and expertise are aimed at diagnosing and treating breast cancer in a way that is most effective for you.

Related Questions

  • Belinda Williams Profile

    I have to do chemo and don't have insurance. What can I do?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Belinda, the American Cancer Society can help you. They are a wealth of information and will tell you where to go for treatment in your area. Their number is 1-800-227-2345. Another good source is the Cancer.org website. Don't let not having insurance keep you from getting the treatment you...

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      Hi Belinda, the American Cancer Society can help you. They are a wealth of information and will tell you where to go for treatment in your area. Their number is 1-800-227-2345. Another good source is the Cancer.org website. Don't let not having insurance keep you from getting the treatment you need. And the sooner you get started the better! Best wishes with your road to recovery!

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I agree with Diana. You can also talk with your doctor about options he/she is aware of. If they don't know of any, keep trying different doctors. God bless you.

      Comment
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    G-III, LVI (-), PNI (-), HER-2 neu FISH Test (-), 36 lymph nodes are examined but all are negative for malignancy, Operated for breast carcinoma on 20-08-15, will I be able to get well soon

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You should have a treatment plan by now. Your oncologist should sit down with you for a thorough discussion about your treatment and how long it will take. I can't really tell from your pathology what this means other than you are triple negative and you have no cancer in your lymph...

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      You should have a treatment plan by now. Your oncologist should sit down with you for a thorough discussion about your treatment and how long it will take. I can't really tell from your pathology what this means other than you are triple negative and you have no cancer in your lymph nodes....YAHOO! You need to make an appointment asap to talk to your oncologist to talk treatment plan. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Has your doctor(s) recommended anything other than the surgery? Chemotherapy, radiation, etc. You will get well soon, treatment(s) affect everyone differently.

      Comment
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    Is slight pain in the underarm and around a sign of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It could be a sign of breast cancer....but it could also be something insignificant as well. Don't believe the myth....breast cancer doesn't hurt. Sometimes it can...and does. I can't stress enough how important it is to notice any changes in your breast...then get it checked out ASAP! Never...

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      It could be a sign of breast cancer....but it could also be something insignificant as well. Don't believe the myth....breast cancer doesn't hurt. Sometimes it can...and does. I can't stress enough how important it is to notice any changes in your breast...then get it checked out ASAP! Never ignore any changes. Early detection is so important! I pray all will be well. :)

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I ditto Diana.

      Comment
  • Elizabeth Dycus Profile

    Does the size of breasts have anything to do with developing breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Catherine Nodurft Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      The size of breasts does not increase your risk of breast cancer. If you are obese or have dense breasts, then your risk may be greater. If you have implants, it does not increase your risk of breast cancer, but it does make it more difficult to detect lumps.

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