Am I the only one that has overwhelming urges to have hot baths and showers after breast cancer surgery or any surgery for that matter? I usually do the routine shower daily and shun baths. Now I can't get enough of either of them. I want to feel the hot water all over. Not sure why this happened. Anyone else relate?View Thread
I had an oncotype test done to determine if chemotherapy is needed. My only two issues were the size of my tumor 0.9cm, which was very small (best range is 0.6 and below) , and my age (52, considered young). 0-18 score means low chance of recurrence and no chemo is needed unless you want to do it. 19-30 is medium range and really leaves the choice up to you as to how aggressive you want to be in treatment. 30 and above is high risk of recurrence. I scored a 19 and decided that I would skip chemo and go to radiation, since it was only one point above the low range. Anyone else had a borderline score on this test? How would you respond? Would you go all out and do chemo for the minimal benefits or just get the radiation and Arimidex and be closely monitored from there on out?View Thread
Years back when this site was called Friend To Friend, we truly did become a very caring and supportive group of Friends and referred to the group as "F2F"...I hope that someday all of you may know such a community as it aided us and comforted us and made us feel that together we could make it!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan, 2001. I had a tumor in my right breast in a lobe about 2". I found it myself looking in a mirror after my shower. There was a strange indentation in my breast. After the mammogram I was in surgery within 2 weeks. Cancer was determined by an incisional biopsy. They removed my breast a couple of weeks later. They removed about 16 lymph nodes and found cancer in one. I had chemo over a period of 4 months. I was well for 12 years with no recurrence. The first of March in 2012 I was having pain that I thought was arthritis. Even the doctors said it was arthritis. After a bunch of tests I was diagnosed with breast cancer metastasized to the bones. It is in the small bones and at this time it has not gone any further. I am having treatment with estrogen blockers and now with chemo pills. I feel pretty decent and With the will of God and a very good oncologist I'll be around a while longer.View Thread
I had a mastectomy 8 yrs after my original breast cancer and lumpectomy and radiation. This diep flap surgery...
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I had a mastectomy 8 yrs after my original breast cancer and lumpectomy and radiation. This diep flap surgery failed and I was left with horrible necrotic wounds that required more surgery to remove basically what was done during the reconstruction. I'm healing well but it is very slow. My PS said that once healed I could try reconstruction again with a lattimus flap, expander and ultimately an implant. My concern is of course another failure and open wounds again. Not sure what the best option is for me and I don't want to make a mistake again. Help.View Thread
I hadn't had a mammogram in 9 years. I was in the school of thought that it wasn't in my family history, so I won't get it. My screening came back and they wanted further diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, but didn't say why. Went in for those tests and was shown what they were looking at. It was a very small black spot with fuzzy white border. They confirmed the need to proceed with a biopsy the following week. This all started in October 2014 with screening and progressed to the biopsy by Dec 5. I had to educate myself on exactly what was going on and what to expect as I never really paid attention to cancer related topics before. On Dec 11 2014 it was confirmed that I had invasive ductile carcinoma. I was then referred to Cancercare NW to meet with an oncology surgeon. He didn't say it was a "stage" of cancer, but on a scale of 3 to 9, mine was a 5. It was 6.1mm so very very small and treatable. I have kept a positive outlook based on that, and had a lot of support from friends, family and church members, some who had been through the experience before. By Dec 30th, I was in surgery having the tumor removed along with 3 lymph nodes. Jan 8 I had my followup appt with the surgeon and was told they got all the cancer and there was no spread to the lymph nodes! I will start radiation therapy in about a month. Each step, I feel kinda clueless as to what to expect, but I am told the worst side effect of radiation is fatigue. I will also have to stay at a motel 5 days a week and go home on weekends as treatment is a 4 hour RT from home. That will be the hardest part for me, to be away from my spouse, cat, church, and friends, not to mention my usual daily routine. I am self employed and am trying to figure out how to make it semi mobile so I can work from home and the motel. I am grateful so far to those who have treated me at every step. They were super professional and excellent at what they do. I think my biggest next question is "what will life be like after all the treatment is done, and what are my chances of recurrence?"View Thread
Hello... I am 43 and have found a hard lump under my nipple. I go to my Physician tomorrow... But can anyone give me an idea of what I'm in for? I had a lump in my other breast.... Soft about the size of a grape... It was hormonal and went down... This one is different. Help...View Thread
I had a bilateral mastectomy over a year ago and have been so happy with that decision. I did not get...
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I had a bilateral mastectomy over a year ago and have been so happy with that decision. I did not get reconstruction. I am breast free! I never have to wear a dam bra again. I can do the backstroke and crawl with ease. I can turn over in bed without waking up.
My husband of almost 40 years loves me, "not my breasts" and is glad that the cancer is gone with little chance of recurrence. I also did chemo and radiation and now use estrogen suppression since the cancer was estrogen receptive.
I encourage breast cancer women to consider the benefits of being happy with who they are.....survivors and warriors!View Thread
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