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  • Betti A Profile

    When does survivorship start? I've always used my date of diagnosis according to my Oncology personnel.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2013
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      cont.) I saw my Radiation people today for a one year followup and asked them. They said once treatment(s) is/are done so that throws me back 7 months but in saying that I was told you are a survivor from whatever date you use. My Christmas card reflects the day I got my diagnosis, oh well.

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    • Leigh Anne F. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I’ve always heard that you are a survivor the day you are diagnosed. ;)

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    Just had my 6 month follow up mammogram and it show my calcification s have grown and I need a biopsy. What can I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are numerous ways to do a biopsy. My place offered a biopsy guided by Ultrasound, Stereotactically, or MRI. I imagine they also did a needle localization but not sure. Any of the methods the Dr. will numb the area first, then numb it deeper before either removing sample(s) or placing a...

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      There are numerous ways to do a biopsy. My place offered a biopsy guided by Ultrasound, Stereotactically, or MRI. I imagine they also did a needle localization but not sure. Any of the methods the Dr. will numb the area first, then numb it deeper before either removing sample(s) or placing a needle. He will most likely place a clip in the area and they will do a "gentle" mammogram to make sure the clip is where they want it. By "gentle" I mean it's the regular 2 views but with just a little compression. I had 2 done of 2 different areas 2 different ways about 10 days apart even though the first was positive, they wanted to check the other area even though he captured a little of it with the first biopsy. Keep us posted as we are here for you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Unfortunately this happened to me. Cancer found in micro calcifications in 2012 had Lumpectomy & 35 radiation treatments. 2014 more suspicious calcifications found biopsy confirmed cancerous so my Oncologist recommended mastectomy so I did a double with immediate reconstruction.

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  • Anj Donahue Profile

    For my bilateral mastectomy w/ breast recon gals - any of you ever ruptured an implant? If so, how did you know?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    3 days 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I can only answer from experience as a retired Mammographer. I have seen it occur and the patient knew it had probably happened as there was a size difference and they had some pain involved. You need to be seeing your surgeon or whoever put them in to have it checked.

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    • Leigh Anne F. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I have silicon implants in both breasts. I had them done in 2014. When I was diagnosed the 2nd time in May, they did an MRI that showed one side had a rupture. I had no idea and they must have seen something in the ultrasound that I had before the MRI. They say it’s recommended you get your...

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      I have silicon implants in both breasts. I had them done in 2014. When I was diagnosed the 2nd time in May, they did an MRI that showed one side had a rupture. I had no idea and they must have seen something in the ultrasound that I had before the MRI. They say it’s recommended you get your implants checked every 5 years. I guess the ruptures are more common than you think.

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    Is breast or nipple pain normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but it could be the time of your menstrual cycle or pregnancy as excess hormones can cause pain. Have you talked with your doctor about it as some tests may be needed?

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    • Aima  Ghani Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Why breast or nipple pain happens?

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  • Jacqueline  Wickiser  Profile

    Is it common to gain weight when starting tamoxifen? If so is there a diet that allows you to lose weight?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 2 answers
    • Sue Boston Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Hi Jacqueline, I have lost and gained weight while be on Tamoxifen, if I watch what I eat and exercise, I lose weight, if not, I have gained, I do seem to have a hard time with losing weight around my middle area while being on it.

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    • Jacqueline  Wickiser  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for you answer. I’m really struggling with this despite diet and 6 days a week at the gym

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  • DIANA W Profile

    Is it safe to use eveing primrose oil

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
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  • DIANA W Profile

    Is it safe to use eveing primrose oil for hot flashes

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    4 days 1 answer
    • Marni Rakow Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      I don't think it will hurt you to use EPO, unless you are having surgery soon, then you should stop use for 1-2 weeks prior.

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  • DIANA W Profile

    What is the beat lotion fir radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    4 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Every place has their own protocol of what lotion to use during rads. My place recommended pure aloe vera gel and I didn't have any issues. One of the techs. told me on the first day what they wanted me to use.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I was told to use Aquaphor. I greased up immediately after each radiation treatment and then again at night, and it worked like a charm!

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  • Sharla Winters Profile

    Diagnosed invasive ductal carcinoma. Had 3 lumoectomies since margins weren't clear 1st 2x. Sentinel node negative. Finished radiation 4 months ago. Now on tamoxifen. Was wondering.. am I still considered to have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    5 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I feel the same way; yes I had breast cancer but am an almost 5 year survivor at this point. My diagnosis was just a bump in the road of life.

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    • Janet Stitt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Sharla,
      Breast cancer will forever be a part of your history, but now you can claim to be a breast cancer survivor. Embrace it, stay on top of your follow up appointments, and live your best life. Best of luck.

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  • M H Profile

    Does anyone still have fatigue after radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    7 days 7 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I never had fatigue to speak of during my radiation treatments. Have you talked with your doctor(s) about it and make sure there isn't anything else going on?

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    • Sharla Winters Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was fatigued the entire time. Still am. Not as bad and it's been 4 months since my last radiation treatment. How long has it been for you?

      1 comment
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