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Diagnosis

 
Diagnosis

Chapter: 4 - Diagnosis

Subchapter: 2 - Why?

- Why do I have breast cancer?
- What could I have done differently?

There are some questions that cannot be answered; even so, they are not unreasonable questions to ask. Most people ask them. Just remember, doctors almost never pin down a single, precise cause for cancer.

It is very important to educate yourself about what’s ahead. By doing this, you will keep loved ones informed and help ease your own concern.

A support team of your family, friends and other breast cancer patients is extremely important. They will strengthen you through this season and encourage to make the most of your life, today.

You also have your medical team; this will typically include your personal physician, surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, radiologist and others. Their attention, care, and expertise are aimed at diagnosing and treating breast cancer in a way that is most effective for you.

Related Questions

  • Hillary S Profile

    My breast cancer has gone to my spine. Is it now stage 4?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 4 Patient
    almost 6 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Sorry to hear of the spread of cancer. Please know that there are women living longer and doing well while getting treatment for Stage 4 cancer. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor. Discuss the possibility of clinical trials. Do things that bring you joy and distract you from cancer. ...

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      Sorry to hear of the spread of cancer. Please know that there are women living longer and doing well while getting treatment for Stage 4 cancer. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor. Discuss the possibility of clinical trials. Do things that bring you joy and distract you from cancer. Please keep us posted on how you are doing! We care about you!

      1 comment
    • Mimi Carroll Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes, what did they tell you? Hugs!

      2 comments
  • Penny Walton Profile

    Anyone experience issues with major short-term memory loss and total lack of ability to focus after initial diagnosis? Is it stress?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes, yes, and oh yeah!!!! This is a stressfull situation then you add meds and chemo that make the whole thing worse. Write yourself notes, take a listener to all appointments, cut yourself a lot of slack. I found meditation and later yoga helped with a lot. I think it gets better with time or I...

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      Yes, yes, and oh yeah!!!! This is a stressfull situation then you add meds and chemo that make the whole thing worse. Write yourself notes, take a listener to all appointments, cut yourself a lot of slack. I found meditation and later yoga helped with a lot. I think it gets better with time or I got used to the new me. My worst day was the day I forgot to feed and water my horse and chickens. That is a chore I've been doing since I got married 37 years ago. My students didn't mind when I forgot to give a test. It is OK to feel this level of stress now in awhile it will turn into strength and you will figure out what you are fighting for. We are all warriors. God Bless your journey

      1 comment
    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes Penny probably all of us. It's the stress that starts it, then it becomes 'chemo brain'. Sometimes I can't think of the simplest of things - like what an object is called - oh yeah, those are keys. Or the words to finish a sentence. My husband fills in the blanks as much as he can figure out....

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      Yes Penny probably all of us. It's the stress that starts it, then it becomes 'chemo brain'. Sometimes I can't think of the simplest of things - like what an object is called - oh yeah, those are keys. Or the words to finish a sentence. My husband fills in the blanks as much as he can figure out. Prayers to you.

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  • Janelle Strunk Profile

    How often should I perform a Breast Self-Exam?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    almost 9 years 8 answers
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    • Nikol Vega Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Once a month, that is how I noticed a lump which turned out to be cancer

      2 comments
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A Breast Self-Exam is recommended monthly. At first you won't think you know what you are feeling for, but once you become familiar with the lumps & bumps naturally in your breast that are unique to you, then you will be in a position to notice a change.

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