"Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study. The lack of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women, the study authors found.
Although the study didn't specifically look at the reasons behind the lack of knowledge, Freedman suspects that women may be overwhelmed when they're initially diagnosed. In addition, she said, individual doctors vary in how much information they give and how well they explain the cancer characteristics."
How well would you do if asked these questions --I'm thinking very well . Do you feel your doctors thoroughly explained all aspects of your diagnosis and your cancer's characteristics? Did feeling overwhelmed impact your initial gathering of information?View Thread
We are working on a fix for the spam that is popping up across the communities and hope to have that in place very shortly. In the meantime, if you would continue to report spam when you see it, it really does help it to be taken down sooner. I am in here every morning to remove spam, but reports are still the best way to alert me to the problem.
We understand your frustration and thank you for sticking with the community and helping those new to breast cancer, those who are going through treatment, and beyond. We want this community to be that safe place that you speak of for support, understanding, comfort, and camaraderie. That said, in addition to spam removal, what other things would you all like to see happen in the community? We want to ensure that this remains a valuable resource for many as Mark said, and welcome any and all of your ideas and suggestions.
The most important thing to do when you find a breast abnormality is to call your physician for an evaluation, so you have taken all of the right steps. Were you able to get in for an appointment since posting this? I hope that you are doing well and that everything checked out.
I don't have any personal experience to share, but here is some information on tissue flap surgery for breast reconstruction that contains some information on latissimus dorsi reconstruction. If you haven't already done so, it may be beneficial to you to search the community for past discussions (I know there have been quite a few over the years) on this topic using the search box on the top right of this page -- you may be able to glean some insight and advice from posts of people who have gone through this procedure.
I will keep you and your sister in my thoughts as she makes this decision and hope that you will continue to update us on how you both are doing!
This article has information about breast lumps that you might find helpful. It says that breast lumps can be cysts, adenomas and papillomas that differ in size, shape and location. Most changes in your breasts are normal and are no cause for concern, but any abnormalities should be looked at by a medical professional. It would be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor for evaluation. He/She will be able to determine what is causing the lumps you describe and offer treatment options if any are needed.
I am sorry that you had such a bad experience at your oncologist appointment. It is certainly important that you feel comfortable with your doctor and are able to discuss the nuances of your treatment without being yelled at. You might find this article on choosing a breast cancer specialist helpful as it goes through how to find a specialist, what to look for, and more.
Congratulations on the news that you are cancer-free. Weight change is listed as a possible side effect of Anastrozole in our Drugs & Medications Center. This article about hormone therapy for breast cancer says that aromatase inhibitors (those that prevent estrogen from being made) are effective only in post-menopausal women -- as you stated above. It lists Aromasin (exemestane) and Femara (letrozole) in addition to Arimidex (anastrozole). You might discuss these medications wiht your primary.
Thank you for reporting the spammers! I check communities daily for spam, but reporting it definitely gets it taken down sooner. We do delete repeat offenders, but anyone with a valid WebMD account can post in the communities. Again, thank you for your participation and for always alerting us to problems you encounter.
TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test may one day help predict the recurrence of breast cancer and also a woman's response to breast cancer treatment , researchers report. "We are able to do this with literally a spoonful of serum [blood>," said study co-author Saraswati Sukumar, who is co-director of the breast cancer program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore. Click on the link above to read more.View Thread