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  • My father had his mastectomy today I'm watching his drain I'm concerned about the the leakage he's getting how much is ok any advice would be helpful

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Lots is expected at first; don't forget to have home " milk" his tubing. Any swelling over his post op site or any drainage that makes you or him anxious do not hesitate to call the surgeon. He/ she will want to know how often you need to empty the drainage "grenade" as I liked to call it. What a...

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      Lots is expected at first; don't forget to have home " milk" his tubing. Any swelling over his post op site or any drainage that makes you or him anxious do not hesitate to call the surgeon. He/ she will want to know how often you need to empty the drainage "grenade" as I liked to call it. What a fabulous daughter you are!!?

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Have "him milk"

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    I had a biopsy done yesterday, a lady told me that they will test for everything with that tissue what diseases I could have or am prone too. I am really scared at this point. I thought I was goin in just for a biopsy for my breast..

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Patient

      I suppose that is possible, but I have heard of it. My biopsy stated the type and grade of cancer, hormone status, and hr2 status. And the node biopsy tells you if the cancer has spread to the nodes.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Do not be afraid of the tests ordered. Think more about the results. The tests are a sign the medical team is dedicated and thorough . Be grateful and good luck!!!

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  • I'm starting the D on sept 2 treatment is FEC-D any side effects anyone can warn me about? Worst or better than FEC?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 16 hours ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Tara,

      Everybody has different reactions to these drugs. I could tell somebody what happened to me and the next person would have a completely different story. You will know soon enough how you will react. I had a mastectomy.... it was the easiest thing I have ever had done as far as a medical...

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      Tara,

      Everybody has different reactions to these drugs. I could tell somebody what happened to me and the next person would have a completely different story. You will know soon enough how you will react. I had a mastectomy.... it was the easiest thing I have ever had done as far as a medical procedure. I woke up from the surgery, no pain, was hungry and felt great. I never had to take any kind of pain medication and was up doing the dishes and regular things a couple of days after the surgery. I kept waiting for pain and it never happened.
      There will be a pile of women who can tell you, it was the worst thing they have ever been through. That is the kind of difference you can get from one to another. As for chemotherapy, I felt like I had to flu in that my joints ached, my hair fell out, my taste changed but I had a real problem with the steroids in my "recipe." I was never nauseated and after about a week, I felt fine again. They will give you information on side effects and what to watch out for. Stay hydrated, take your medication they give you for possible nausea and roll with it. You will get through it. Hang in there. I wish we could predict how we really would feel but in a way, it is probably best that you don't know. You have to go through it anyway. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hey Tara, as Sharon said every woman reacts differently to the drugs. For me, the d part was easier in many ways. I was incredibly sick with the FEC so not being so with the docetaxol was a relief. I had no joint or bone pain after the first two days and did not need narcotics. I did struggle...

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      Hey Tara, as Sharon said every woman reacts differently to the drugs. For me, the d part was easier in many ways. I was incredibly sick with the FEC so not being so with the docetaxol was a relief. I had no joint or bone pain after the first two days and did not need narcotics. I did struggle with yeast overgrowth with this part of the treatment and ended up in hospital. Just keep an eye on anything that seems "off". As with the FEC, the symptoms can be progressive with each treatment but on the whole I found the docetaxol to be easier. Wishing you an easier journey.

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    My mother was detected of advance stage 3 breast cancer. Since then she has undergone Neoadjuvant treatment with Chemo,Surgery and Radiation as part of the regime. She is an ER PR Her2 negative . What impact does this have on recurrence of desease

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      So very sorry your Mom is going through this. Here is a site you might find helpful. It is dedicated to women with triple negative breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

      http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Prognosis depends on the lymph nodes/ tumor size and hormone status . All I can say that triple negative has a worse prognosis, but this is something you should ask her oncologist as he has all the data.

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  • Hi I'm just wondering how many of you, had side affects from chemo in the first week. I know our bodies all deal with chemo different. I start next Monday but not want to plan a 7 hr trip if well. And how far in did hair loss accur

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    1 day ago 6 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      With my first chemo, I had a lot of bone pain and couldn't sleep. As far as losing hair, I cut mine off to a pixie cut a few days after my first chemo, because my hair felt like straw and strands started falling off. My scalp was itchy too.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Jane.... About day 14 after your first chemo ... My hair got quite dry feeling and it come out while washing it in the shower and every time I touched it ... I ended up getting it cut very very short otherwise you shed all around the house ...but after chemo it's grows back fairly fast !!! ......

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      Jane.... About day 14 after your first chemo ... My hair got quite dry feeling and it come out while washing it in the shower and every time I touched it ... I ended up getting it cut very very short otherwise you shed all around the house ...but after chemo it's grows back fairly fast !!! ... I fell sick within about 2 hours after each chemo session and stayed feeling unwell for the next 7 days ....but everyone is different so I hope your one of the lucky ones who sail through it all.....remember ...it is poison that is being pumped into your body ....but it does it job of killing cancer cells !!! Good luck :)

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    Stopping zoladex and tamoxifen to try for a baby, all I've ever wanted but am scared BC will come back...

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You have to do what is right for you. We are all afraid of cancer coming back....even if we have completed all treatments. It is just a fear we all live with. I hope you are successful and have a beautiful baby! If the cancer comes back....you just treat it. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I stopped my Tamoxifin and am 37 weeks! There are so many different factors that went into my decision. Let your faith be bigger than your fear. Wish you all the best!!

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  • Has anyone learned anything about Multifocal malignancy? I've just been diagnosed stage 1 invasive ductal grad a, ER / PR- / HER - and MRI picked up Multifocal. I'd like to know what others have learned from their doctors.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Only my Radiation Oncologist mentioned multifocal and from my understanding my cancers were in more than one area. I had 2 that we biopsied that were 2 different types of cancer right next to each other and a 3rd one was found in the surgical specimen. I forgot to ask the surgeon if she found...

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      Only my Radiation Oncologist mentioned multifocal and from my understanding my cancers were in more than one area. I had 2 that we biopsied that were 2 different types of cancer right next to each other and a 3rd one was found in the surgical specimen. I forgot to ask the surgeon if she found out where it was in relation to the other 2 since it had never been mentioned on all my testing. Talk with your doctor(s) and ask them what is meant by it.

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    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I was stage 1 until surgery when they discovered it was multifocal. Than I was upped to stage 2a. However, I also had lymph node involvement. 2 out of 19.

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  • when do youu stop crying after masectomy and diagnosis?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    2 days ago 8 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Nancy,
      I think it is normal to go through a period of mourning. You have been through a terrifying ordeal. You have had an "amputation" of a part of your body and have more treatment in front of you. I was pretty much in shock and did a lot of " pretending." As I went through the process, I...

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      Nancy,
      I think it is normal to go through a period of mourning. You have been through a terrifying ordeal. You have had an "amputation" of a part of your body and have more treatment in front of you. I was pretty much in shock and did a lot of " pretending." As I went through the process, I had my ups and downs. We all go through this differently. My oncologist kept trying to get me to go to a councelor who was connected the the hospital. It might not be a bad idea. I never went because I couldn't afford the extra treatment. It just takes time, and talking to others does help. I truly think we all suffer from a case of PTSD. (post traumatic stress disorder). A breast cancer diagnosis is a tough one, but you do get through it. Hang in there, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Very big hugs for you Nancy, what a curve ball life has thrown at us. I do hope you have support and take as much time as you need, but not too long you are going to fight and come out the other side with the rest of us stronger than ever. Bless you xxxxxxx

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  • On tamoxifen suffering servers leg pain, sandra

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Joint pain and cramps are a common side effect. Stay hydrated! Yoga and staying active helped me a lot. The pain was worse when I was inactive. Tylenol arthritis formula ease the pain for me, but it is best to talk with your doctor for suggestions. The good news is Tamoxifen helps keep the...

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      Joint pain and cramps are a common side effect. Stay hydrated! Yoga and staying active helped me a lot. The pain was worse when I was inactive. Tylenol arthritis formula ease the pain for me, but it is best to talk with your doctor for suggestions. The good news is Tamoxifen helps keep the cancer away! Hooray! Hope your side effects subside and you get the most benefit from the medication. Keep us posted on how you are doing. We care about you!

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      It gets better , try to stay active it helps but talk with your docs for advice

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  • This all scares me. I'm scheduled for an ultrasound Thursday what should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    2 days ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chayanna,
      An ultrasound is very easy. Just as Life Is Good says. They are looking for the consistency of the area of concern. That can tell them a lot. Most of the time, they see a cyst, which is usually fluid filled...NOT CANCER. In my life, I have had many ultrasounds. It is scary to be...

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      Chayanna,
      An ultrasound is very easy. Just as Life Is Good says. They are looking for the consistency of the area of concern. That can tell them a lot. Most of the time, they see a cyst, which is usually fluid filled...NOT CANCER. In my life, I have had many ultrasounds. It is scary to be told you have to have another procedure done. Many more of these just confirm what the radiologist sees on your mammogram which is a cyst. Try not to let this overwhelm you. Chances are in your favor, it will be ok. Please let us know how it turns out.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      So sorry for your scare. Ultrasounds are painless. They put some goop on a wand and move it around your breast while looking at a screen, then take pics of the area. You should get results in a couple of days. Good luck and please keep us posted on the results!

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