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  • Starla Hill Profile

    I am 35 and have just been diagnosed with level 2 breast cancer. Any advice as to whether I should surgery first or start treatments?

    Asked by anonymous

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    1 day 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      What does your doctor(s) recommend? My Oncologist wanted me to do some chemotherapy first but the Surgeon nixed it. Sometimes doing chemo. first will shrink the tumor so one can possibly get by with a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy. Gather all the info. you can both pros and cons for both...

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      What does your doctor(s) recommend? My Oncologist wanted me to do some chemotherapy first but the Surgeon nixed it. Sometimes doing chemo. first will shrink the tumor so one can possibly get by with a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy. Gather all the info. you can both pros and cons for both and decide what you feel is best for you. If need be seek an additional opinion or two.

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  • Deborah Dailey Profile

    I just feel off since chemo, no severe sickness yet. Is this normal on day 4?

    Asked by anonymous

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    7 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone is affected differently with chemo. It was day 6 after my first chemo. that I had a small amount of diarrhea but that was my only thing that occured other than the expected hair loss.

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  • janet pierce egan Profile

    Does radiation lower your immunize system?

    Asked by anonymous

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    17 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I would guess yes but I'm not a doctor. I know recently I ran into a nurse at the grocery store when this corona virus was starting to take hold. I asked her how long one's immune system is considered compromised. She told me it normally returns to normal a year after your last cancer treatment.

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    I was getting up on my bed which is kind of high popping sound I know there's something wrong because it's happened before and that for the last two years I've been with low energy I get wore out really easy I have itching all over my from my breasts down

    Asked by anonymous

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    21 days 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed your symptoms with your doctor? If not I would as some tests may be in order (no I'm not a doctor).

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  • janet pierce egan Profile

    I am 73, is that good for grade two cancer lump?

    Asked by anonymous

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    26 days 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you are asking.

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  • Laura Barajas Profile

    how do I find a support group?

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 1 month 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My nurse navigator told me about a local support group. I didn't join them as I moved away after completing my chemo. but joined one after I got settled into my new home.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      You can start wherever it is that you’re getting treatment; they usually have social workers to help with this. If you contact the American Cancer Society, they too can help you find a group in your area. The ladies on this site have always been very helpful. I belong to a different online group...

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      You can start wherever it is that you’re getting treatment; they usually have social workers to help with this. If you contact the American Cancer Society, they too can help you find a group in your area. The ladies on this site have always been very helpful. I belong to a different online group called mybc.com. But if you prefer the face to face support, contact the social workers at your hospital/clinic.

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  • Teresa Kirschmann Profile

    Can i get my permanent eyeliner touched up while having radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 1 month 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      How does the person doing it feel about it? I was almost done with radiation and needed my face waxed. The gal was a little leery even though it was my chest and axilla being radiated. She was afraid the skin on my face would be thinned out some and didn't want to tear the skin accidently. Is...

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      How does the person doing it feel about it? I was almost done with radiation and needed my face waxed. The gal was a little leery even though it was my chest and axilla being radiated. She was afraid the skin on my face would be thinned out some and didn't want to tear the skin accidently. Is it something that can wait until you are done with treatments?

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  • Jennifer Lee Profile

    What is my riisk of recurrence? My tumor was 5mm, ER+, PR neg,HER2 neg, no lymph involvement

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    about 1 month 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I agree, that sounds like a question for your doctor(s). I had an OncoType DX test that not only showed if I'd benefit from chemo. but also showed a recurrence rate %.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I think this is a question for your doctor(s). While there are online “recurrence predictors”, I don’t know how reliable they are. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

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  • danielle thompson Profile

    Is it a good idea to have Lumpectomy and Breast Reduction at same time? Anybody been through this before?

    Asked by anonymous

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    about 2 months 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I haven't been through it but would see what your team has to say. I believe it would take at least 2 doctors doing the surgeries. But then I'm not sure if you're meaning a lumpectomy on one side and a reduction on the other. I know someone, several years ago who underwent a mastectomy and...

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      I haven't been through it but would see what your team has to say. I believe it would take at least 2 doctors doing the surgeries. But then I'm not sure if you're meaning a lumpectomy on one side and a reduction on the other. I know someone, several years ago who underwent a mastectomy and then 6 months later had a reduction on her opposite side to even the breasts out after reconstruction on her mastectomy side.

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  • Jamie Myrphy Profile

    Lumpectomy with 6 weeks radiation or a mastectomy???

    Asked by anonymous

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    2 months 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      There are numerous factors for both. What is your doctor recommending? Gather all your facts both pro and con and ask your doctor. If need be seek a 2nd and if need be a 3rd opinion. One must decide on what they feel is their best option. I had a mastectomy but still had 5 1/2 weeks of...

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      There are numerous factors for both. What is your doctor recommending? Gather all your facts both pro and con and ask your doctor. If need be seek a 2nd and if need be a 3rd opinion. One must decide on what they feel is their best option. I had a mastectomy but still had 5 1/2 weeks of radiation and 4 cycles of chemotherapy.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I had a lumpectomy with 16 radiation treatments. Each person’s situation is different, so as Betti suggested, get a second, third or fourth opinion, and then do what you know is best for you. Trust your gut; you’ll do the right thing!

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  • anonymous Profile

    Does "Highly Suggestive of Malignancy" mean stage????? I just read the ultrasound report. I'm having a biopsy on 1-29-20 and am very scared. From the report: IMPRESSION: HIGHLY SUGGESTIVE OF MALIGNANCY

    Asked by anonymous

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    2 months 4 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      They won't know the stage until you've had surgery of some sort. Try to take a deep breath and relax, I know it's not easy. Take care and keep us posted.

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Okay, I've calmed down. I don't believe it means stage, but it certainly means malignant.
      From the report: The 3.4 cm x 3.2 cm x 4 cm oval solid mass in the right breast at 7 o'clock middle depth most likely is carcinoma and is highly suggestive of malignancy. An ultrasound guided biopsy is...

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      Okay, I've calmed down. I don't believe it means stage, but it certainly means malignant.
      From the report: The 3.4 cm x 3.2 cm x 4 cm oval solid mass in the right breast at 7 o'clock middle depth most likely is carcinoma and is highly suggestive of malignancy. An ultrasound guided biopsy is recommended. The 2 cm round solid mass in the right axilla most likely is an enlarged lymph node and is highly suggestive of malignancy.

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  • Max Helena  Marino  Profile

    PALB2 positive. Just found out today. Freakin out as ive lost 3 Aunts to Breast Cancer and my Dad to Colon Cancer, Uncle to Brain cancer

    Asked by anonymous

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    2 months 1 answer
    • candice mcgraw Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I completely understand how you are feeling. I’m the 2 Servivor in my family... there are 3 of us now.... I had wrote myself off and prepared to be around not long after that.... because of my faith the size of a mustard seed I’m here. ... yes it’s scary but keep on pressing on . It gets better.

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  •   margaret  crookes Profile

    BRCA 2 positive any ones experiences and advice about their journey

    Asked by anonymous

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    3 months 2 answers
    • Max Helena  Marino  Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Margaret. I'm so incredibly sorry for your scare. I hope someone can help you understand more.

      * I was just diagnosed yesterday with PALB2 Gene.

      I have a friend that's a Genetic Counselor, I'd definitely start researching for one in your area. The GC will discuss your scary news. And...

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      Margaret. I'm so incredibly sorry for your scare. I hope someone can help you understand more.

      * I was just diagnosed yesterday with PALB2 Gene.

      I have a friend that's a Genetic Counselor, I'd definitely start researching for one in your area. The GC will discuss your scary news. And outline potential paths to consider in order to beat your diagnosis with incredibly high success %'s.

      And personally- PLEASE do not deal with this alone, it's devastating news, it'll help to talk to your friends and family xox

      Wishing you well,
      Max

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    I have a question regarding chemotherapy

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    4 months 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is......? Your doctor should be talking with you regarding it.

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    • Jill M. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      What questions? I agree with Bettie - if it’s a technical question, but having been there I know it’s comforting to talk to someone who’s been through it.

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  • Karen Johnston Profile

    I had a lumpectomy 2 years ago, followed by 4 rounds of chemotherapy, and 6 weeks of radiation. There were no cancer cells in my lymph nodes, by the way. I'm on my third aromatase inhibitor, and I'm miserable. I'm thinking of stopping. Any thoughts?

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_1 Patient
    5 months 3 answers
    • Karen Johnston Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I spoke with my doctor yesterday. He told me to take a month off, and then try Tamoxifen. It's not exactly like Aromasin, Femara, etc. He finds that people that get the body aches do better. So, we'll see. Thank you for your answer.

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor? I was on an AI for 5 years (what they ordered at the time of my diagnosis) and thankfully had no issues. I had a special test done after the 5 years and it indicated another 5 years would not benefit me (my friends were told 10 years at their...

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      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor? I was on an AI for 5 years (what they ordered at the time of my diagnosis) and thankfully had no issues. I had a special test done after the 5 years and it indicated another 5 years would not benefit me (my friends were told 10 years at their diagnosis). It said I only had about a 5% chance of recurrence and like my Oncologist told me it's not a guarantee it won't return and I pray it doesn't. The only thing the AI got me was when I needed a tooth extraction my general dentist wouldn't do it and referred me to an Oral Surgeon.

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    gf.me/u/v8suzi please feel free to read my story. I just want to know if it gets easier. Is the diagnosis process suppose to take the long?

    Asked by anonymous

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    5 months 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not sure what you mean by taking so long. There are numerous factors based on your diagnosis and at times things may seem to take a long period of time but know it will get better. I had my mammogram in December, waited to do a biopsy until January due to my insurance, and had surgery in...

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      I'm not sure what you mean by taking so long. There are numerous factors based on your diagnosis and at times things may seem to take a long period of time but know it will get better. I had my mammogram in December, waited to do a biopsy until January due to my insurance, and had surgery in February about 8 weeks or so after my mammogram. I then had chemotherapy followed by radiation which was completed in August, so not even a year after the mammogram I was done with my treatments. I did have to take an Estrogen blocker for the next 5 years but have since finished that also.

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    • Jennifer  Orsborne  Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2b Patient

      Mammogram and ultrasound 9/10, biopsy 9/16, bad news 9/18, oncologist 10/4, 1st chemo 10/15

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  • Michelle Martin Profile

    I have Qi have invasive ductal cancer and diabetes? Has anyone had the whole thing off or just the lump removal

    Asked by anonymous

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    6 months 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had 2 areas next to each other of 2 types of cancer and elected to remove the entire breast. The surgical pathology showed 2 other areas in the breast that had never been mentioned so was glad I chose that option. My surgeon indicated due to the size of the 2 areas we knew about doing a...

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      I had 2 areas next to each other of 2 types of cancer and elected to remove the entire breast. The surgical pathology showed 2 other areas in the breast that had never been mentioned so was glad I chose that option. My surgeon indicated due to the size of the 2 areas we knew about doing a lumpectomy would have left me disfigured and probably not much tissue anyway. Weigh all your options-pro and con and decide what you would be most comfortable with.

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    • Tarah Lechtenberg Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      One thing to keep in mind is typically in order to have a surgery the A1C should be less.than 8% for proper wound healing and lower risk of post surgical infection.

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  • Linda Rastliff Profile

    Essential thrombocytopenic i have it taking 500mg hydrea. Could it be from?.Chemo.stage 3 ducal carcinoma breast cancer. Osteomyelitis reaction fron provia.

    Asked by anonymous

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    6 months 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor(s)? That is where I would start.

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  • Laila Amri Profile

    Does frequent self-examination and pressure on breast lumps help spread cancer in it.. because I notice a lump on my breast and I keep examining it and touch since 3 day and today when I wake up I feel its smaller !!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 months 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you seen your doctor about it? I've never heard of spreading cancer by doing a self exam. Perhaps it's a cyst that will come and go (from my experience but don't think it was doing that from self exams). Make an appointment with your doctor as some testing may be needed to determine what...

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      Have you seen your doctor about it? I've never heard of spreading cancer by doing a self exam. Perhaps it's a cyst that will come and go (from my experience but don't think it was doing that from self exams). Make an appointment with your doctor as some testing may be needed to determine what it may be.

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  • katrina shaw Profile

    Did anyone refuse radiation told chemo not needed so I want to skip radiation I had double mastectomy stage2 1 lymph node

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    6 months 6 answers
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I did everything my doctors recommended; surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation as I wanted to do what I could to battle this cruel disease. I'm an almost 7 year survivor and feel good. Is there some reason you don't want to do radiation?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I don't want to worry you but just because it was all removed tissue can be left behind. I used to do Mammograms and did a study on a lady who had a mastectomy and developed cancer in the area next to where her breast had been. What does your doctor recommend as there may be a reason he/she is...

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      I don't want to worry you but just because it was all removed tissue can be left behind. I used to do Mammograms and did a study on a lady who had a mastectomy and developed cancer in the area next to where her breast had been. What does your doctor recommend as there may be a reason he/she is telling you that you need radiation? I had a mastectomy and lymph node removal (8 even though they looked fine on the MRI). All 8 were negative but they radiated my underarm also as well as my chest wall. I wish you well no matter what you do as it is your decision.

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  • katrina shaw Profile

    Did anyone refuse radiation

    Asked by anonymous

    stage_2b Patient
    6 months Answer
  • Deborah Clark Profile

    Just diagnosed with DCIS and haven’t met with surgeon yet. That’s coming up this Wednesday. Feeling scared and a little depressed . Any thoughts on lumpectomy vs mastectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    6 months 1 answer
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had an area of IDC with an area of DCIS right next to it and decided at my age (62) I was going to do a mastectomy and my Surgeon agreed that was my best choice. In the surgical specimen was a 2nd area of IDC and 1 of LCIS so am glad I went that route as neither of those had been mentioned. ...

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      I had an area of IDC with an area of DCIS right next to it and decided at my age (62) I was going to do a mastectomy and my Surgeon agreed that was my best choice. In the surgical specimen was a 2nd area of IDC and 1 of LCIS so am glad I went that route as neither of those had been mentioned. Also, in reading the operative report the Surgeon said due to the 2 areas we knew about I would have been disfigured with a lumpectomy due to the size. Work with the Surgeon and see what he/she recommend, but that final decision is yours.

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    How do you know if your cancer spreads to another part of your body? Im having memory issues.

    Asked by anonymous

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    6 months 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor(s)? Some chemotherapy medications cause what they call "chemo brain" and short term memory loss is basically what it is-is my understanding.

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    • Jennifer  Orsborne  Profile
      anonymous
      stage_2b Patient

      Yes mine spread to lympnodes. Keep a notebook handy you are dealing with an overwhelming amount of information and stress. Write everything down and keep it with you. My binder has everything I need at my fingertips and I keep it organized so my family can find things and write questions they have

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  • Sharyn McKenna Profile

    I had a double mastectomy with a dflap(?) for the reconstruction. It is now October and i still have pain in my chest bone. Meds do not help, have been seeing a hypnotist for the pain butnothing is helping. Did anyone else have this pain?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 months 3 answers
    • Mary Chase Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You don’t mention how long you’ve had the chest pain. It’s possible that you have pain from the mastectomy surgery. I would check with your physician. (And it’s DIEP flap, which stands for deep inferior epic Astrid perforator)

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    • Sharyn McKenna Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the double mastectomy in December 2018, sorry that i forgot to mention that before.

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    Im 34 havnt had a lil one in 12 yrs an im leak fluid from my breasts.. My grandma had this an her sister. Im worried

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    6 months 2 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I'm not a doctor but you should make an appointment to see one. It may be nothing but should be checked. What color is the fluid?

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