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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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  • Jennifer Medina Profile

    Trying to find a doctor in Houston, does anyone know Dr. Arlene Ricardo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years Answer
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    Waiting for to schedule biopsies for suspicious and mass and calcification. Is is common to have both on same breast?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      It was all new to us too. Most of these turn out to be not breast cancer. Hang in there. It is a pain to have to wait for the results. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had 2 areas seen on my annual screening mammogram almost 3 years ago; one was an area of assymetric breast tissue and one was an area of microcalcifications right next to each other. The area of assymetric breast tissue was seen on U/S and the Radiologist said it would be the easiest on me and...

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      I had 2 areas seen on my annual screening mammogram almost 3 years ago; one was an area of assymetric breast tissue and one was an area of microcalcifications right next to each other. The area of assymetric breast tissue was seen on U/S and the Radiologist said it would be the easiest on me and cheaper so we biopsied it first and it was +for IDC but he also captured a couple of the microcalcifications (not always seen on U/S) and that showed DCIS. We went ahead and biopsied the microcals. 2 weeks later stereotactically and it showed all DCIS. So yes it is fairly common and in fact in addition to the 2 we biopsied 2 other areas (1 IDC and 1 LCIS) were also in the breast tissue, neither one of which had been mentioned with all my testing.

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    I am 59 yrs old with a family history of breast cancer. I had a screening mamm a week ago, doctor wants me to come back in for another mammo of my right breast. He "found a new lymph node that wasn't present on previous mammogram". What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being...

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      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being careful. We know how stressful this is, we have all been there. The problem with newest diagnostic equipment is the amount of "false positives" that occur. They are able to show up both normal and what looks abnormal, in your body that were not visible with older mammogram equipment. Things that may happen with your next appointment, they may order an ultrasound and a biopsy. Try not to panic..... Many more of these diagnostics turn out benign, than breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with...

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      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with cancer. He probably just wants some additional views to see if that is what indeed is being seen.

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  • Auburn Locke Profile

    How do I support breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You can also make a donation to nbcf - http://nbcf.org/donate - there are several great foundations out there trying to help educate women on breast cancer.

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    • Kris Shortridge Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. You can contact The American Cancer Society to make a donation or to find out about local events in your area for fundraising.

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