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  • To MRI or not?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      After my first +biopsy and seeing an Onc. for a consult she wanted me to have an MRI to document the size of the area(s) I had. There were 2 right next to each other and she was quering if I should have chemo. before surgery or not. I saw a Surgeon 2 days later (the day after the MRI) and she...

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      After my first +biopsy and seeing an Onc. for a consult she wanted me to have an MRI to document the size of the area(s) I had. There were 2 right next to each other and she was quering if I should have chemo. before surgery or not. I saw a Surgeon 2 days later (the day after the MRI) and she nixed preoperative chemo. I feel it helped her to give me my best option of a mastectomy due to the size. I had already decided that before seeing her and it was confirmed by her. We also biopsied the second area and it too was + but a different type. MRI scans are very good if one has dense breasts, which I have always had. I asked my PCP about doing one about 3 years before my diagnosis but was told unless I had a strong family history or was having problems my insurance company would deny it so I let it go at the time. I'm not saying it would have helped me at the time as they compared my mammos. with my prior ones, the most recent just a year before so maybe it wouldn't have been to my benfit. I think like this as I used to do Mammograms for a living and our mobile MRI service rarely did breast MRI, we had to call ahead if we needed one so they could bring the "breast coil" as they didn't have it on their truck routinely. Be mindful MRI scans are pretty pricey and not all insurance companies will cover them, they need to be done as a "medical neccessity".

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm not one for second guessing doctors. However getting a second opinion is a different ball of wax. I had a full body MRI that wasn't pleasant but I think that one of the chest only wouldn't take that long. Why would you object to an MRI? They are excellent diagnostic tools.

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  • Anyone had necrosis in diep flap which was cause for concern and lead to biopsy? Feel like I'm right back at the start line again! :-(

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 hours ago 1 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm so sorry to hear of your problems and hope they get resolved really soon.

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    I'm 30 and waiting on the results of a core biopsy and have a three year old and an 11 week old baby. how will I cope looking after my babies if I have cancer and need treatment? Has anyone been in this situation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 11 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      Ok. Take a breath ... A bisopy doesn't mean Cancer .... It results may show fatty tissue or a non cancerous mass .... Don't work your self and family into a state until you get the tests back ... As the stress will affect your babies !!!.... We know of know of what your feeling ,On this site...

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      Ok. Take a breath ... A bisopy doesn't mean Cancer .... It results may show fatty tissue or a non cancerous mass .... Don't work your self and family into a state until you get the tests back ... As the stress will affect your babies !!!.... We know of know of what your feeling ,On this site ....But even if the results came back positive.... The treatments are do able with help from family and friends .. Even through I'm older than you but have survived losing both boobs and chemo and radiation ... My journey started this time last year .... I now feel strong and well .... So there is life after the "C" word is spoken !!! .... So try to relax and enjoy your beautiful babies for many many years to come ... Good luck

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes take a deep breath, the biopsy may not be cancer. I'm 35 with a 2 yr old and will be going through chemo soon. I'm enlisting all the help from friends and family, you'd be surprised on how many people do want to help. Sending healing thoughts that the biopsy turns out to be nothing serious.

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  • What is the latest reconstruction technique?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 15 hours ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Patient

      You might want to check out the short video on this subject. If you go to the Learn section on this site, chapter six has a segment about breast reconstruction options.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are numerous types of reconstruction. Is there one in particular your doctor is recommending?

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  • Can I get a flu shot in the arm after double mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you asked your doctor about it? Nothing was said when I had my flu shot, I just told them to use my right arm (mastectomy and lymph nodes removed on left).

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Hi,

      I always have my shots on the right side that did not have cancer even though I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Just recently had flu and pneumonia shots in my right arm. My radiation was on the left and I feel better having blood pressure and shots given on the right. Ask your doctor...

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      Hi,

      I always have my shots on the right side that did not have cancer even though I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. Just recently had flu and pneumonia shots in my right arm. My radiation was on the left and I feel better having blood pressure and shots given on the right. Ask your doctor if you can have a flu shot and which arm. Maybe the hip will be a good choice.

      Best,
      Sharon

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  • For those who have had breast conserving surgery and radiation: how often do you have a mammogram? If it is every 6 months, does that mean that something is suspicious? Just want other's experiences.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    1 day ago 4 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just actually saw my surgeon for a follow up yesterday and she said that from now on I'm going to have a yearly mammogram.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My surgeon didnt want to see me until after 1 year from surgery and did mammo at that time which was my normal routine schedule. Might depend on grade, stage and treatment. I was small and not aggressive did radiation and now tamoxifen.

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  • Did anybody get chemo burn where they administer the chemo drugs through the vain

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    1 day ago 5 answers
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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes, I most certainly had that reaction and when I told the nurses they slowed down the drip. It wasn't until the 4th of 6 treatments that I had a nurse who knew what effects chemo could have on the veins (BYW I had asked for a port but the head nurse at this particular clinic said my veins...

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      Yes, I most certainly had that reaction and when I told the nurses they slowed down the drip. It wasn't until the 4th of 6 treatments that I had a nurse who knew what effects chemo could have on the veins (BYW I had asked for a port but the head nurse at this particular clinic said my veins would handle it). Anyhow, when I complained to the nurse to turn it down she informed me that slowing the rate would permanently damage the vein lining. Instead she brought over a cold pack and placed it on my arm. The burn immediately relieved. Now, I find that the veins in my right arm (the only arm where I can give blood) have deteriorated to the point where I'm now considered a "hard stick". By the time I knew this, it was too late to get a port. So just ask for a cold pack and the burn will go away. And the moral of this story is don't listen to every chemo nurse you encounter. Get a second opinion from the others.

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Did it seep out of the vein? That's the only time I'd think it would burn is if it got out into the tissues around the vein. I hope you told your team about it as they should have checked it. I had a port so didn't have that problem.

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    Ten years back when I am at college for one to two months from my nipple there is a red color fluid .i didn't consult any doc and never told to anyone but somehow it stopped.but now I found two cysts in my two breast.Am I got cancer.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    1 day ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Hi,

      You should be checked by your doctor. They may only be benign cysts, Only a doctor can give you the answers. Best of luck, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Any changes to one's body should be checked by a doctor. How do you know your lumps are cysts, have you had some type of testing? Cysts are fluid filled sacs and are not cancer.

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    What are the side effects of tamoxifin?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    1 day ago 7 answers
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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I just started taking tamoxifen a week ago. So far I've been okay. Saw my surgeon today for my follow up, she said that the side effects will eventually get worst (a like a woman going through menopause). But have been lucky not to have any side effects, so far. Good luck to you.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Life without cancer, and hot flashes

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