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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

Related Questions

  • Hi everyone Like I stated before I had uterus cancer and breast cancer .

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 2 years ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Well, dang Lisa, you hit the cancer jackpot! I also must add you really are a winner because these were both caught at early stages!!!! It is always difficult to say what is going to be happening as far as your treatment because it truly depends on your individual cancer cells. You have a lot...

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      Well, dang Lisa, you hit the cancer jackpot! I also must add you really are a winner because these were both caught at early stages!!!! It is always difficult to say what is going to be happening as far as your treatment because it truly depends on your individual cancer cells. You have a lot of information right now but your oncologist will lay out your treatment plan and YOU WILL BE OK! It isn't a picnic but as someone said to me, "It's not your mother's chemotherapy." Meaning.... it has been made much more tolerable. We have all been there and know the path you are on right now. We are here to help you through this and are sorry you joined the club. This is the only club were we hate getting new members... sigh. Hang in there Lisa, please keep in touch with us. (That is an adorable pupper-doodle you have!!!) Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharooon does chemotherapy when enter the body at first dose will make lymph nodes enlarged in all the body or not because it is astrange something

      Comment
  • I was recently reading my pathology report and it said Triple Negative Breast Cancer grade 9 (3+3+3) on the nottingham scale - my tumor was about 6cm but had not spread to any lymph nodes - what is grade 9?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2009
    over 3 years ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Hi Blair,

      I was curious about your question and did a bit of research. Here is the best answer I came up with. It was given by:

      Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of...

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      Hi Blair,

      I was curious about your question and did a bit of research. Here is the best answer I came up with. It was given by:

      Kevin R. Fox, MD, Assistant Director, Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

      The Nottingham histologic score is simply a scoring system to assess the "grade" of breast cancers.

      It is a total score based on 3 different sub-scores. The 3 sub-scores are assigned based on 3 components of how the breast cancer cells look under a microscope. (The details of these 3 components are not critical for you to understand). Each of the 3 components is assigned a sub-score of 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being best and 3 being worst. Once the 3 sub-scores are added, a Nottingham score is obtained: the minimum score possible is 3 (1+1+1) and the maximum possible is 9 (3+3+3).

      A histologic grade of III is assigned to any patient with a Nottingham score of 8 or 9. Grade I refers to Nottingham scores of 3, 4, and 5, while Grade II refers to Nottingham scores of 6 and 7.

      In the end, the Nottingham score and histologic grades are not very useful in the big picture, as they do not alter final overall treatment recommendations. High-score cancers tend to relapse more often than low-score cancers. Ultimately, however, we don't use the score in making clinical decisions.

      I hope that this helps clear up any confusion. I wish you the best.

      3 comments
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Do you have a family history? If yes, I suggest genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation.

      1 comment
  • Both my aunts had breast cancer - what're my chances of getting breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You should consider genetic counselling to get an accurate assessment of your risks of developing breast cancer especially if your family members were diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages (less than 50 years).

      Comment
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok thank you

      Comment

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