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  • Has anyone had dental issues before being diagnosed with cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 2 hours ago 1 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Before or do you mean after? I saw my dentist about a month and a half after completing rads. last year and the hygenist told me my mouth was really dry and I'd be more prone to cavities unless I was careful, guess the bone (jaw) was softer too. I see them again tomorrow so will see what they...

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      Before or do you mean after? I saw my dentist about a month and a half after completing rads. last year and the hygenist told me my mouth was really dry and I'd be more prone to cavities unless I was careful, guess the bone (jaw) was softer too. I see them again tomorrow so will see what they say this year. I don't know if it was from the cancer, chemo, rads, or a combination of it all.

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    So I only have one chemo left and my tumor is still palpable but now I can move it.. It's actually pretty mobile.. Is this a bad sign??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I don't think of it as a bad sign. More importantly, you will find out after surgery how much your tumor has shrunk from its original size. Is your doctor pleased with the progress? Your team would be the ones to let you know how you are doing on the neoadjuvent chemo. Don't forget you still...

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      I don't think of it as a bad sign. More importantly, you will find out after surgery how much your tumor has shrunk from its original size. Is your doctor pleased with the progress? Your team would be the ones to let you know how you are doing on the neoadjuvent chemo. Don't forget you still have one chemo left that will shrink the tumor further. Mine went from 6.2cm to 1.5 with the neoadj chemo.

      Best,
      Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Your tumor has changed but you won't know how much until you have some testing. Hopefully, it has shrunk but it could be on the back side!!! Hang in there! Take care, Sharon

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  • I am 74 and need to talk with women my age

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 hours ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm 60 and went through treatment
      3 1/2 years ago.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My mother in law is doing chemo a second time. She is not on this site. Perhaps your clinic offers a support group that meets face to face.

      Maybe ask us and take the information as support. Best.

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    So after finishing neo adj chemo the mammogram shows the tumor is 3.1cm and the ultrasound shows 1.9cm... Which is more accurate?? Haven't done an MRI yet

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 hours ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ultra sounds don't squish as much

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      That's why my Onc. ordered an MRI as there was a difference in the size between the mammo. and U/S. She was thinking I may need neoadjuvant chemo. but my surgeon nixed it.

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  • I'm 35 with an active 2 yr old. Anyone have tips on keeping chemo side effects at bay? I'm hoping to keep the treatment as uneventful as possible. Many thanks in advance.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 19 hours ago 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Nap when you get a chance to and drink plenty of water. If you lose your appetite eat whatever you can keep down. If I were you I would try to get somebody to take care of the baby after you have chemo. I'm a grandma now but I remember how challenging. a two year old can be. Good luck to you and...

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      Nap when you get a chance to and drink plenty of water. If you lose your appetite eat whatever you can keep down. If I were you I would try to get somebody to take care of the baby after you have chemo. I'm a grandma now but I remember how challenging. a two year old can be. Good luck to you and be kind to yourself.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Remy, first, I love your positive attitude! It will go a long way. Keep yourself hydrated. If you become constipated, use Miralax, it works wonders. My side effects felt like I had the flu for about a week. I felt achey and tired but I was never nauseated. Between treatment, I felt fine. ...

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      Remy, first, I love your positive attitude! It will go a long way. Keep yourself hydrated. If you become constipated, use Miralax, it works wonders. My side effects felt like I had the flu for about a week. I felt achey and tired but I was never nauseated. Between treatment, I felt fine. I lost my hair and my taste changed. I craved eating anything green and Hot Pockets! It is amusing to hear what people eat. Keep a positive attitude and a sense of humor. Don't expect negativity because of stories. I wouldn't let people tell me sad saga's of their aunt or grandmother. You are not living in those times you are alive here and now and this is where you plan to remain. Ask for help when you need it. Someone can come in and sit with your child while you lay down and take a nap. Ask for someone to fix food for you and family. Ask for someone to vacuum or do the dishes. Your friends and family will want to help you, let them. You will make them feel better when they can do something physical, for you. You will love the help. Hang in there, this time will pass. Look forward to each of your treatments because each one done, is one less you have to do. Take care, Sharon

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  • 53, history ovarian ,breast cancer. new painful lump,ultrasound mammo drs wont biopsy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 19 hours ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Find another Doctor ASAP

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I am with Marianne.... find another doctor, pronto!

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    What does a Stage 4 uptake value of 413 mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 23 hours ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I am stage 4 and just had a PET scan. When you are injected with the dye and rest for an hour the dye goes to the areas that are Cancerous and shows up on the PET. The higher the uptake the more likely it is Cancer. I am not sure where your number falls.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I just looked up PET Uptakes range from 0 - 15 so I am not sure what number he 413 is.

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  • If you received RT after exchange surgery, did you experience contracture ? To what degree? Was the contracture painful? What was the effect visually?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You should consult with the rad onc. I did DIEP flap after rads. Three women I know had to take the expanders out before rads. I think the Rad Onc can answer your questions .

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    • anonymous
      Patient

      I had a partial mastectomy, but had old implants replaced at that time. My radiologist and breast surgeon recommended this. I had radiation, and did not have any problems during rads. But more and more the implant is hardening. I have a massage to do every day . It is sometimes...

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      I had a partial mastectomy, but had old implants replaced at that time. My radiologist and breast surgeon recommended this. I had radiation, and did not have any problems during rads. But more and more the implant is hardening. I have a massage to do every day . It is sometimes uncomfortable, but not really painful. Plastic surgeon said taking vitamin E might help. I am seeing him every six months. In August (15 months post surgery) he said I was fine, but come back in six months. Only later did I wonder what the options are if it worsens. Visually, it looks good.

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    Effects of radiation after exchange surgery

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
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    What to expect after a unilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 1 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double bilateral mastectomy in March of this year. I choose implants & it was really painful after because they insert expanders behind muscle to stretch skin & they fill them 30cc @ time of surgery. Pain subsided after 5 days thank goodness. I had 2 drain inserted on each side of my chest...

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      I had double bilateral mastectomy in March of this year. I choose implants & it was really painful after because they insert expanders behind muscle to stretch skin & they fill them 30cc @ time of surgery. Pain subsided after 5 days thank goodness. I had 2 drain inserted on each side of my chest wall. You have to clean lines & measure fluids 2x a day. My hospital gave me 2 bras for holding the drains which was a life saver & filled all my prescription so I could rest when I hot home love them. I need help the 1st 2 weeks my husband was amazing. Your on antibiotics until drains are removed. It took a week & removal was painless. Nurse taught exercises to stretch chest muscle which is where implant is placed so fills weren't so painful. It took 4 months to get to my size than I had exchange to take out expanders & have breast implants inserted. So yes 2 surgeries but 2nd was painless. It was hard to lay down after surgery so I slept sitting up for 2 weeks & couldn't raise my arms @ all. In Sept all was finished & I have no complaints. GOD will never put on u more than u can handle & I handled it. You can do this I almost forgot 1 day in hospital & Sloan Kettering in NYC took excellent care of me

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