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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    Please evaluate this report.Micro: Smears show fairly cellular material composed of moderately differentiated anaplastic epithelial cells mostly arranged in clusters and loose sheets.DX: Lump, Lt. breast(FNA): Duct cell carcinoma, NOS, grade-1

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You need for your doctor or nurse to explain it to you. Ductal cell carcinoma (IDC) is the most common breast cancer. NOS means "not otherwise specified". Grades are 1, 2, 3. 1 is the least aggressive.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You and your Mom need to go for a consultation appointment and have it explained to you. I agree, you DO need an expert, Oncologist, to discuss this with you. It then pertains to your Mom's case. Trying to go on the internet scares your socks off! Good luck and make that appointment! Take...

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      You and your Mom need to go for a consultation appointment and have it explained to you. I agree, you DO need an expert, Oncologist, to discuss this with you. It then pertains to your Mom's case. Trying to go on the internet scares your socks off! Good luck and make that appointment! Take care, Sharon

      Comment
  • Reanea Estell Profile

    Has anyone had a lumpectomy with breast implants and radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had breast implants that were 28 years old. The plastic surgeon worked along side of the breast surgeon, and exchanged my old implants for new ones. The radiologist was in agreement on putting the new implants in before radiation. The side that had radiation is much firmer, and I have to do...

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      I had breast implants that were 28 years old. The plastic surgeon worked along side of the breast surgeon, and exchanged my old implants for new ones. The radiologist was in agreement on putting the new implants in before radiation. The side that had radiation is much firmer, and I have to do massages everyday . That is the risk of implants during radiation - that they might harden. I am seeing the plastic surgeon every 6 months - kind of a wait and see . And he has me taking vitamin E which is supposed to help prevent.

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    • Anne Hurwitz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      How did it work out???
      I would love to hear. I'm currently doing chemo and then have a lumpectomy scheduled.
      I have 8 year old under the muscle impants and Im very worried about them.
      ANY feedback is much appreciated.

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    Does Taxol work for HER2 negative, ER positive cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 5 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I did TAC and had a complete response! (Tumor entirely gone- NED- no evidence if disease!) Keep a positive attitude and stay optimistic...I'm convinced this played a big part in my results!

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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Yes I was told it does. I am on the AC portion of the AC-T and I am Er HER2 -.

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    Is this a place to find online support

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      One place yes

      3 comments
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Yes! Please feel free to ask questions about breast cancer. We are not doctors, mostly survivors , and are willing to share our experiences. We are here for you!

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