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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.

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  • Kathy Basham Profile

    Do any of my Pink Ribbon Sisters want to Friend Request me on Facebook? If so, I am Kathy Gabehart Basham.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 6 years 8 answers
  • sylvia clark Profile

    Hi, I got diagnosed breast cancer a month ago. I have gone through tons of tests, but no PET SCAN.. Should I ask for one? I have surgery next week, but I have not yet met the oncologist.. Should I be concered?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My treatment started in 2006 so I also had a ton of tests pre-surgery. I had a CT-Scan instead of a PET Scan, a MUGA, Bone Scan, MRI. I did meet the Oncologist before I had surgery. It was a really miserable time mentally for me. It all happened so fast and it was frightening to me. I had so...

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      My treatment started in 2006 so I also had a ton of tests pre-surgery. I had a CT-Scan instead of a PET Scan, a MUGA, Bone Scan, MRI. I did meet the Oncologist before I had surgery. It was a really miserable time mentally for me. It all happened so fast and it was frightening to me. I had so many questions and as the tests came back my treatment plan became more clear. If I were you, I would talk to your surgeon or oncologist about why you are not receiving a PET scan. They may not feel you need it as they have the pre-diagnostics that are needed for you specific case. Treatment is now very specific and no two women are treated the same way. It all depends on the specific cells that make up your tumor.

      This is the type of situation you are going in to you need to ask questions and have an answer that will put your mind to rest. Don't be the least bit shy about speaking up about anything. You are going to be your own best advocate. I was able to save myself a second horrific reaction to a medication because the oncologist's office had made a mistake on my chemo "recipe." The infusion nurse and I got into a discussion because she was blowing off my concern. Turns out, I was right, she was wrong. She said, "It's a good thing you were so insistant." (duh...) So... start learning to speak up.... be respectful, but ask your questions. Good luck, I hope you hang out on this board... there are wonderful caring women on this site.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Sylvia. I was given a PET scan prior to the beginning of my treatment, but I had chemo first, then my bilateral mastectomy. I'm not sure it that has anything to do with it or not. I would certainly ask the reasoning behind that decision. You mentioned that you haven't met with your oncologist...

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      Hi Sylvia. I was given a PET scan prior to the beginning of my treatment, but I had chemo first, then my bilateral mastectomy. I'm not sure it that has anything to do with it or not. I would certainly ask the reasoning behind that decision. You mentioned that you haven't met with your oncologist yet. Do you mean your surgical oncologist (who performs your surgery) or your medical oncologist (who performs your chemo)? If its your surgical oncologist, he/she should be meeting with you soon to discuss the procedure & answer any questions you might have. I would definitely call their office & find out what's going on.

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  • Yvonne Bechtel Profile

    I've been having pain in my left breast and now it has moved into my under arm area as well as into My back My left breast is very sensitive. No insurance any suggestions for where to get help?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Yvette LeBlanc Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yvonne,

      Definitely get that checked out! The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) provides mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Find a list of our partner facilities on the map here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-NBCF/Programs.aspx

      If there is not a facility that we...

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      Yvonne,

      Definitely get that checked out! The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) provides mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Find a list of our partner facilities on the map here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-NBCF/Programs.aspx

      If there is not a facility that we partner with near you, call your local hospital. Most hospitals have programs in place that help women who cannot afford mammograms.

      Kaye, the breastcancersite.com actually helps raise money to fund NBCF mammograms! Great resource.

      Good luck!

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Yvonne,

      What both Yvette and Kaye have said I second and third! You can also check with Planned Parenthood, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I'd also check with the American Cancer Society chapter in your area. Please get some help as soon as you can for, at least, your own peace of mind. ...

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      Yvonne,

      What both Yvette and Kaye have said I second and third! You can also check with Planned Parenthood, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I'd also check with the American Cancer Society chapter in your area. Please get some help as soon as you can for, at least, your own peace of mind. This is a terrible weight of worry to be carrying around. You will be happy to know so many of these things turn out to be NOT breast cancer! Please keep in contact with us.... we are here to support any woman if you need us. Hang in there and thankfully, there is help out there for you. Big hugs, Sharon

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  • karla memdez Profile

    why I am being sent back for a diagnostic mammogram immediately after biopsy came back normal

    Asked by anonymous

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

      What has your doctor told you? I used to do mammos. and helped with biopsies. If in doing a post biopsy mammo. right afterwards and it showed the area was still there they'd go in a repeat the biopsy after the breast had healed (I worked with a surgeon who was not very good at times for getting...

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      What has your doctor told you? I used to do mammos. and helped with biopsies. If in doing a post biopsy mammo. right afterwards and it showed the area was still there they'd go in a repeat the biopsy after the breast had healed (I worked with a surgeon who was not very good at times for getting the correct area and it necessitated another biopsy). I'm not saying this is in your case that's why you need to be talking with your doctor.

      1 comment
    • Beverly Brown Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      If the dr placed a marker where he did the biopsy it could be to make sure they can see the marker. They did that to me so next year they would see the marker and know that's where they biopsied

      2 comments

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