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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

  • janine cartwright Profile

    does an inveted nipple ( sometimes) and a lump found by a doctor definatly mean breast cancer or can it be jus a cyts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • jacqueline ortega Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      It's so complicated. Everyone is so different. I had a lump that that they told me was a cyst. But then my nipple inverted. We went to "drain" the cyst and discovered I had formed an infection usually caused by breast feeding. I have no kids. Long story short by the time they were able to remove...

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      It's so complicated. Everyone is so different. I had a lump that that they told me was a cyst. But then my nipple inverted. We went to "drain" the cyst and discovered I had formed an infection usually caused by breast feeding. I have no kids. Long story short by the time they were able to remove this "cyst" I actually had IDC breast cancer that had spread to my lungs and liver. I'm considered stage 4. I had a bad doctor that didn't get to the bottom of things and instead just put me on a bunch of antibiotics and told me to put a heating pad. Be your own advocate. Ask questions. Take deep breathes and just go day by day. Try not to get ahead of yourself with scary thoughts. Keep us posted xo

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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Get it checked out! It's better to know than to live in fear wondering and better to know sooner rather than later.

      Comment
  • Cynthia Flexen Profile

    I dont know whether I should have a Bilateral mastectomy or just single mastectomy? I have DCIS in my left breast. I do not have the BRCA1 or 2 gene so that is why I dont know what to do??? Any advice please?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 0 Patient
    over 8 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Cynthia, have you spoken to your Breast Surgeon about their opinion? That's very good news you don't have either of the BRACA genes. I will have my test performed this week. That's a tough decision, whether to remove both breasts. I have Stage IIIc IDC. It's a later stage plus my...

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      Hi Cynthia, have you spoken to your Breast Surgeon about their opinion? That's very good news you don't have either of the BRACA genes. I will have my test performed this week. That's a tough decision, whether to remove both breasts. I have Stage IIIc IDC. It's a later stage plus my non-cancerous breast has several calcifications and a fluid filled cyst. Trouble brewing there. So I've chosen to have both removed. It's such a personal choice I can only relate my story to you. A good medical site to go to with fact based research is breastcancer.org. Or the book "Dr Susan Love's Breast Book". both has so much helpful info. Thinking of you on your journey,

      Diana

      2 comments
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I just had a bilateral mastectomy one week ago. I have cancer in one breast only. I choose a bilateral because it made more sense to me to have two breasts that could look as similar as could be.

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    How far out from surgery is the standard time for the first mammogram? I know I ain't ready, :-(

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I was three months out of treatment but I had a mastectomy so not having to have the "jaws of gloom" clamping down on my newly remodeled breast. For someone who has had a lumpectomy, I don't know the answer. Even with a normal breast it is far from comfortable. Jo.... I hope they, at least, ...

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      I was three months out of treatment but I had a mastectomy so not having to have the "jaws of gloom" clamping down on my newly remodeled breast. For someone who has had a lumpectomy, I don't know the answer. Even with a normal breast it is far from comfortable. Jo.... I hope they, at least, give you a stick to bite on! Hang in there, darlin'
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ya I know how you feel Aug of 2011 I was told I had bc had a lumpectomy 30 radiation treatments now on tamoxifen for 5 years and I am due for my yearly Mano but still sore I am scared about going

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    What dose it means for result of breast biopsy with estrogen, progesterone,HER2 positive? Do all those hormone cause cancer if the body has too much of them?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 3 answers
    • Deborah Camacho Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Cancer feeds on these hormones when they are positive. Don't know that they caused cancer, but they keep the cancer growing.

      Comment
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      All of them are bad guys if they are your cancer receptors. Her2 seems to be the most troubling as this controls speed and cancer kinda asking for more food. But even this is linked to a specific and longer protocol -- it's an infusion of Herceptin over a year.

      Yes I'm triple positive! I'm...

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      All of them are bad guys if they are your cancer receptors. Her2 seems to be the most troubling as this controls speed and cancer kinda asking for more food. But even this is linked to a specific and longer protocol -- it's an infusion of Herceptin over a year.

      Yes I'm triple positive! I'm about five months in and going back to work

      Comment

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