Breast Cancer Is Not One Disease : "Breast cancer isn't the same for every woman, even at the cellular level, according to a new statement from four major medical groups...They say that classifying breast cancers according to tumor subtypes could help improve treatment of the disease."View Thread
You know your body best, and I don't think that you should let anyone, even your GP, make you feel silly for voicing that something doesn't feel right. The best thing to do may be to get a second opinion, which could either reinforce your GP's belief that nothing is wrong, or it could get to the bottom of what is causing your symptoms. I hope that you enjoy your vacation Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
Has your relative discussed these results in depth with her doctor? He/She will be best able to explain what this means for her both now and moving forward in treatment. Here is some information on stage 4 breast cancer treatments that explains that while so far treatment doesn't provide a cure for stage 4, it may be able to shrink the cancer and slow the disease, which could be what is happening in your relative's case. Please let us know how she is doing!View Thread
It is so great to hear that you have found such support and valuable advice in this community. Thank you so much for participating and for contributing to the real sense of community and inspiration that you described and that has made this community such a great resource for others who have or who have had breast cancer. I hope that you will continue to check in!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.