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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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  • Theresa Hoekstra Profile

    Why are people not talking about Thermology for early detection?

    Asked by anonymous

    Industry Provider
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Jody  Feil Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      I think this is a great question? I don't know much about it. Perhaps you can explain what it is?

      3 comments
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      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      Thermology is a diagnostic infrared imaging technique for early detection of breast cancer. It doesn't use any form of radiation and there is no compression of the breasts. The National Cancer Institute website lists it as as able to detect breast cancer earlier than any other modality and it...

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      Thermology is a diagnostic infrared imaging technique for early detection of breast cancer. It doesn't use any form of radiation and there is no compression of the breasts. The National Cancer Institute website lists it as as able to detect breast cancer earlier than any other modality and it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for almost thirty years. Thermology is based upon characteristic heat patterns caused by the abnormal blood flow of cancer, similar to MRI. There is a great deal of scientific basis for thermology but there are not pervasive standards of practice that assure quality from every facility so it is important to do some research first. Check out the Wikipedia listing and infraredmedicalsolutions.com for more information.

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  • melba mcrae Profile

    What does invasive biospy mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I had a local anesthestic for a core biopsy- a small incision was made to thread a the hollow needle through and extract tissue from 4 different quadrants of the tumor. It was ultra sound guided. It was still painful but i didn't need further biopsy as a fine needle may which can be inconclusive.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi Melba,

      Invasive generally means that something is going to go inside you to (in the case of a breast lump) take a biopsy. "Invasive" can include a needle or surgical biopsy. Do you have to go to a hospital or surgical center, or will it be done in a breast center or doctor's office?

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    I have had biopsy done with grade three cancer. I recently had lumpectomy my marins were close. should I have breast removed? The dr didn't check my sentinale lymph nodes.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 4 years 5 answers
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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Do you know what stage you are? Node biopsy is sometimes done with stage 0, and is the standard of care for invasive breast cancer. You might want to get a second opinion from another doctor. Many women have to go back a second time to get clear margins. It is not too uncommon. But,...

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      Do you know what stage you are? Node biopsy is sometimes done with stage 0, and is the standard of care for invasive breast cancer. You might want to get a second opinion from another doctor. Many women have to go back a second time to get clear margins. It is not too uncommon. But, again, I would get a second opinion. Is your doctor a breast surgeon?

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    • sherry scott Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer is stage 2. I have grade 3 tumor cells. My medical oncologist said she would give me chemo but I've had open heart surgery. She said chemo causes CHF. I know cancer is aggressive. Why did my surgeon not tell me about this? Should I get it removed!!!

      7 comments
  • Tangee Temple Profile

    My aunt died with breast cancer during surgery - why?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      So sorry and prayers to family

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