If you"er having trouble getting to and from your treatments, call the American Cancer Society. They will make sure you have a ride to all your appointments. I called on a Monday and they made sure I had a ride on Wed for my radiation treatments. They get you rides for the whole week, then you call again for the next week. They are wonderful! Get the phone # from the phone book or the internet. God bless you all!View Thread
I have just been diagnosed with bone-mets. Can anyone tell me since date of diagnosis of this, how long before their bones start weakening to the point of breaking. I am very active and am trying to get an idea of how long I have to still be physically activeView Thread
Some recent studies indicate that ER pos, Her2 neg patients with recurrent breast cancer may want to have their breast cancer mets retested for Her2. Many circulating breast cancer cells are turning out to be Her2 positive, making such patients eligible for trastuzumab and other solid her2 targeting therapies. Articles that talk about this: "Her2 and Breast Cancer Stem Cells: More than meets the Eye" in Cancer Research. And "HER2 Status and Benefit from Adjuvant Trastuzumab in Breast Cancer" in the NEJM. And "More Breast Cancer Patients Should Take Herceptin, Studies Hint" in Drug Discovery and Development.View Thread
I wouldn't recommend this surgery as a first option to anyone. It's debilitating and disfiguring. I was very athletic and a personal trainer prior to this lengthy process. For 18 months an expander pinched a nerve in my arm. Once it was exchanged there was temporary relief. Several months after my implants were implanted my range of motion in my arm and shoulder decreased and became excruciatingly painful. I was told by my PS this was normal. After 6 months my breast surgeon prescribed p.t. I've had some success with it. However, if I move my arm the wrong way there is excruciating pain! Forget about sleeping. Without the support of your lat muscles the nerves in the upper quadrant are crushed upon. DO NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY! As for the nipple reconstruction, only a portion of the circular scar was tattooed. So, I've been left with some very unusual looking nipples. During chemo and radiation you look forward to your reconstruction being completed and moving on with your life. I feel more like a Picasso nude. One breast higher than the other, circles with nipples in the middle and large scars on my back. What a wonderful procedure.View Thread
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