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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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  • Danielle Moore Profile

    I've been diagnosed with LCIS after breast reduction surgery. I'm so confused about this and I have to wait weeks to see a doctor. Do I have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did some research and it is lobular carcinoma in situ. From what I read, it is not cancer but abnormal cells in the lobules that increases the risk for developing cancer in the future. Not everyone develops cancer. It is found accidentally when doing some other procedure. I would call my doctor...

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      I did some research and it is lobular carcinoma in situ. From what I read, it is not cancer but abnormal cells in the lobules that increases the risk for developing cancer in the future. Not everyone develops cancer. It is found accidentally when doing some other procedure. I would call my doctor and ask him/her to explain it to you

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    G-III, LVI (-), PNI (-), HER-2 neu FISH Test (-), 36 lymph nodes are examined but all are negative for malignancy, Operated for breast carcinoma on 20-08-15, will I be able to get well soon

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You should have a treatment plan by now. Your oncologist should sit down with you for a thorough discussion about your treatment and how long it will take. I can't really tell from your pathology what this means other than you are triple negative and you have no cancer in your lymph...

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      You should have a treatment plan by now. Your oncologist should sit down with you for a thorough discussion about your treatment and how long it will take. I can't really tell from your pathology what this means other than you are triple negative and you have no cancer in your lymph nodes....YAHOO! You need to make an appointment asap to talk to your oncologist to talk treatment plan. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Has your doctor(s) recommended anything other than the surgery? Chemotherapy, radiation, etc. You will get well soon, treatment(s) affect everyone differently.

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    Has anyone had an axillary lymph node biopsy and why?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • vicki e Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Yes I had sore enlarged nodes and they did an ultrasound and then a biopsy. I had a node dissection and had 9 of 11 positive nodes. Going thru chemo now and have three more infusions. I had an initial diagnosis almost five years ago and had chemo, radiation and mastectomy. Listen to your...

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      Yes I had sore enlarged nodes and they did an ultrasound and then a biopsy. I had a node dissection and had 9 of 11 positive nodes. Going thru chemo now and have three more infusions. I had an initial diagnosis almost five years ago and had chemo, radiation and mastectomy. Listen to your instincts. My doc thought this was nothing to worry about. :(

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I did and it was positive. I could actually feel the lymph node about halfway between my armpit and breast - it felt like a bean - and I had a needle guided biopsy in addition to a biopsy on the lump I found. If there is cancer and it starts to spread it goes to the nodes so this axillary node...

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      I did and it was positive. I could actually feel the lymph node about halfway between my armpit and breast - it felt like a bean - and I had a needle guided biopsy in addition to a biopsy on the lump I found. If there is cancer and it starts to spread it goes to the nodes so this axillary node is the first one it would hit.

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    Is stage 4 fatal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Debbir Calvert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I had breast cancer 12 years ago, a friend of mine had stage 4 breast cancer. It has been 12 years, and she is doing just fine. Faith and hope are the two words to remember. 

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      how long do stage 4 caner patients live

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