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  • Teresa Kirschmann Profile

    Can i get my permanent eyeliner touched up while having radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    3 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      How does the person doing it feel about it? I was almost done with radiation and needed my face waxed. The gal was a little leery even though it was my chest and axilla being radiated. She was afraid the skin on my face would be thinned out some and didn't want to tear the skin accidently. Is...

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      How does the person doing it feel about it? I was almost done with radiation and needed my face waxed. The gal was a little leery even though it was my chest and axilla being radiated. She was afraid the skin on my face would be thinned out some and didn't want to tear the skin accidently. Is it something that can wait until you are done with treatments?

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  • Jennifer Lee Profile

    What is my riisk of recurrence? My tumor was 5mm, ER+, PR neg,HER2 neg, no lymph involvement

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    4 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I agree, that sounds like a question for your doctor(s). I had an OncoType DX test that not only showed if I'd benefit from chemo. but also showed a recurrence rate %.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I think this is a question for your doctor(s). While there are online “recurrence predictors”, I don’t know how reliable they are. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

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  • danielle thompson Profile

    Is it a good idea to have Lumpectomy and Breast Reduction at same time? Anybody been through this before?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    15 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I haven't been through it but would see what your team has to say. I believe it would take at least 2 doctors doing the surgeries. But then I'm not sure if you're meaning a lumpectomy on one side and a reduction on the other. I know someone, several years ago who underwent a mastectomy and...

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      I haven't been through it but would see what your team has to say. I believe it would take at least 2 doctors doing the surgeries. But then I'm not sure if you're meaning a lumpectomy on one side and a reduction on the other. I know someone, several years ago who underwent a mastectomy and then 6 months later had a reduction on her opposite side to even the breasts out after reconstruction on her mastectomy side.

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  • Jamie Myrphy Profile

    Lumpectomy with 6 weeks radiation or a mastectomy???

    Asked by anonymous

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

      There are numerous factors for both. What is your doctor recommending? Gather all your facts both pro and con and ask your doctor. If need be seek a 2nd and if need be a 3rd opinion. One must decide on what they feel is their best option. I had a mastectomy but still had 5 1/2 weeks of...

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      There are numerous factors for both. What is your doctor recommending? Gather all your facts both pro and con and ask your doctor. If need be seek a 2nd and if need be a 3rd opinion. One must decide on what they feel is their best option. I had a mastectomy but still had 5 1/2 weeks of radiation and 4 cycles of chemotherapy.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I had a lumpectomy with 16 radiation treatments. Each person’s situation is different, so as Betti suggested, get a second, third or fourth opinion, and then do what you know is best for you. Trust your gut; you’ll do the right thing!

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  • anonymous Profile

    Does "Highly Suggestive of Malignancy" mean stage????? I just read the ultrasound report. I'm having a biopsy on 1-29-20 and am very scared. From the report: IMPRESSION: HIGHLY SUGGESTIVE OF MALIGNANCY

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 month 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They won't know the stage until you've had surgery of some sort. Try to take a deep breath and relax, I know it's not easy. Take care and keep us posted.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Okay, I've calmed down. I don't believe it means stage, but it certainly means malignant.
      From the report: The 3.4 cm x 3.2 cm x 4 cm oval solid mass in the right breast at 7 o'clock middle depth most likely is carcinoma and is highly suggestive of malignancy. An ultrasound guided biopsy is...

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      Okay, I've calmed down. I don't believe it means stage, but it certainly means malignant.
      From the report: The 3.4 cm x 3.2 cm x 4 cm oval solid mass in the right breast at 7 o'clock middle depth most likely is carcinoma and is highly suggestive of malignancy. An ultrasound guided biopsy is recommended. The 2 cm round solid mass in the right axilla most likely is an enlarged lymph node and is highly suggestive of malignancy.

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  • Max Helena  Marino  Profile

    PALB2 positive. Just found out today. Freakin out as ive lost 3 Aunts to Breast Cancer and my Dad to Colon Cancer, Uncle to Brain cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 month 1 answer
    • candice mcgraw Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I completely understand how you are feeling. I’m the 2 Servivor in my family... there are 3 of us now.... I had wrote myself off and prepared to be around not long after that.... because of my faith the size of a mustard seed I’m here. ... yes it’s scary but keep on pressing on . It gets better.

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  •   margaret  crookes Profile

    BRCA 2 positive any ones experiences and advice about their journey

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 month 1 answer
    • Max Helena  Marino  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Margaret. I'm so incredibly sorry for your scare. I hope someone can help you understand more.

      * I was just diagnosed yesterday with PALB2 Gene.

      I have a friend that's a Genetic Counselor, I'd definitely start researching for one in your area. The GC will discuss your scary news. And...

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      Margaret. I'm so incredibly sorry for your scare. I hope someone can help you understand more.

      * I was just diagnosed yesterday with PALB2 Gene.

      I have a friend that's a Genetic Counselor, I'd definitely start researching for one in your area. The GC will discuss your scary news. And outline potential paths to consider in order to beat your diagnosis with incredibly high success %'s.

      And personally- PLEASE do not deal with this alone, it's devastating news, it'll help to talk to your friends and family xox

      Wishing you well,
      Max

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    I have a question regarding chemotherapy

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Your question is......? Your doctor should be talking with you regarding it.

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    • Jill M. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      What questions? I agree with Bettie - if it’s a technical question, but having been there I know it’s comforting to talk to someone who’s been through it.

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  • Karen Johnston Profile

    I had a lumpectomy 2 years ago, followed by 4 rounds of chemotherapy, and 6 weeks of radiation. There were no cancer cells in my lymph nodes, by the way. I'm on my third aromatase inhibitor, and I'm miserable. I'm thinking of stopping. Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    4 months 3 answers
    • Karen Johnston Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I spoke with my doctor yesterday. He told me to take a month off, and then try Tamoxifen. It's not exactly like Aromasin, Femara, etc. He finds that people that get the body aches do better. So, we'll see. Thank you for your answer.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor? I was on an AI for 5 years (what they ordered at the time of my diagnosis) and thankfully had no issues. I had a special test done after the 5 years and it indicated another 5 years would not benefit me (my friends were told 10 years at their...

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      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor? I was on an AI for 5 years (what they ordered at the time of my diagnosis) and thankfully had no issues. I had a special test done after the 5 years and it indicated another 5 years would not benefit me (my friends were told 10 years at their diagnosis). It said I only had about a 5% chance of recurrence and like my Oncologist told me it's not a guarantee it won't return and I pray it doesn't. The only thing the AI got me was when I needed a tooth extraction my general dentist wouldn't do it and referred me to an Oral Surgeon.

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    gf.me/u/v8suzi please feel free to read my story. I just want to know if it gets easier. Is the diagnosis process suppose to take the long?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      I'm not sure what you mean by taking so long. There are numerous factors based on your diagnosis and at times things may seem to take a long period of time but know it will get better. I had my mammogram in December, waited to do a biopsy until January due to my insurance, and had surgery in...

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      I'm not sure what you mean by taking so long. There are numerous factors based on your diagnosis and at times things may seem to take a long period of time but know it will get better. I had my mammogram in December, waited to do a biopsy until January due to my insurance, and had surgery in February about 8 weeks or so after my mammogram. I then had chemotherapy followed by radiation which was completed in August, so not even a year after the mammogram I was done with my treatments. I did have to take an Estrogen blocker for the next 5 years but have since finished that also.

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    • Jennifer  Orsborne  Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2b Patient

      Mammogram and ultrasound 9/10, biopsy 9/16, bad news 9/18, oncologist 10/4, 1st chemo 10/15

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