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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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    I have tumor of 8mm an is a ductal carcinoma. How bad is this?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What has your doctor told you? 8 mm is pretty small and ductal carcinoma means it's a cancer in the duct(s). We aren't doctors but this much I can surmise by working in the past as a Mammographer.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sounds early stage but you need to have consultation with your oncologist. Take a spouse or friend with you to your appointment and have them take notes. You need to ask lots of questions. Take care, Sharon

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    How close are we to finding a cure?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Unfortunately, I don't think there's dedication at all on finding a cure for cancer in general. There is researches on new treatments, new medications, less invasive procedures. But meanwhile the pharmaceutical industry makes millions with diseases, nobody will give up the profits for the cure....

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      Unfortunately, I don't think there's dedication at all on finding a cure for cancer in general. There is researches on new treatments, new medications, less invasive procedures. But meanwhile the pharmaceutical industry makes millions with diseases, nobody will give up the profits for the cure. When you know that 1 (one) session of chemotherapy runs around $30,000/$40,000, you understand what I mean!

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I'm so glad to hear that someone else thinks like my survivor friends and myself!

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    does size of lump determine stage of cancer

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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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
    over 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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