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idc grade 1 radiation or not

I have grade one idc er pos pr pos, smaller  breast cancer i am still healing from my lumpectomy surgery on my right breast. I have clean margins and my lymph nodes were clean. i am torn between radiation therapy or not my appointment is tomorrow and I need to decide. Has anyone out there had idc breast cancer and not done radiation. How long has it been? What was the outcome? I am seriosly considering no anastrozole therapy too. Any experiences or advise would be appreciated.

breast cancer and THC oil

Hi guys, I just removed a lymph node and discover it was inasive ductal carcinoma HER2 3+ and posible matastasis..just had an MRI today...info on the Plants with a 20:5 ratio THC:CBD.Help?? Anyone??

Side Effects of Arimidex After Almost 2 Years

I'm new to this site but maybe this will be of interest to someone. I have been on Arimidex for almost 2 years now, having had a mastectomy in November 2003. Firstly I had hardly any side effects and slowly but surely they seem to be building up, some days far worse than the next. I have never had nausea though, thank goodness. The main side effects which I am experiencing now are aching bones and joints, mainly while trying to sleep at night. Also tiredness and seem to want to just go to bed to rest from as early as 8 in the evening - this is sad as I always went to bed late before my breast cancer. I also contemplated coming off the drug but decided that as the cancer hasn't come back at all in almost 2 years then perhaps I am doing the right thing in taking it every day.

Newly diagnosed

Have been diagnosed with a 2.5cm tumor  idc with the additional biopsy of the one.suspic ious lymph node that was positive.  Now I am totally freaked out.  I cannot stop feeling like my whole body is full of cancer and every ache and pain means it has spread. I haven't stopped crying since Friday and cannot even believe I will be.alive in 6 months.  Wish I could turn my brain off.  Don't see the surgeon until the 28th.  Gonna loss my mind with worry.   Is this nornal?

My Wife left me after Breast Cancer

Well I am new to this discussion forum.  Most people I know are sick of listeneing to me about my life's turn of events.  My wife and I had been together since we were extremely young.  We had been together for twelve years married for five and in love.  She was twenty eight years old when she was diagnosed with Stage one Breast Cancer.  She had a lumpectamy chemo/radiation.  It wasn't easy for either of us.  After everything I noticed a change in her personality, then one day I came home from work after an argument to find that he had left me.  She will not see me or speak to me just random texts bringing up past arguments or mistakes I had made years ago.  She says her eyes were opened from her experience and she is no longer in love with me.  She refuses couceling and demands that I take the action of filing for a dissolution.  I really don't know what to say... Anybody out there that can help a guy get his head around this...   Sincerely Mr. Confused

Lumpectomy Abscess After Radiation Treatment???

I received a diagnosis of non-invasive DCIS in June 2004. In July I had a lumpectomy and the two sentinal nodes removed neither of which had any signs of cancer. Raidation (IMRT) began in August and lasted six weeks (until 10/8/04). One week following radiation I developed a fever of 102 degrees with the typical alternating hot flashes and chills. I also noticed a marked increase in pain in my breast. A call to schedule an appt with my rad onc found that he was not in that day, so I met with his associate (who had never seen me before). He told me that I was probably just trying to fight off catching a cold or something since my immune system was basically non-existent after the radiation. The fever jumped most every night (102 or so) for the next three weeks, along with increased pain in my breast, until early one Saturday morning the previously healed incision popped like a pimple and a large volume of very smelly fluid began gushing out. A phone call to the on-call surgeon was followed by a quick trip to the emergency room and then admittance for yet another surgery to re-open the wound and clean out the infection. Now, some 10 weeks later I'm still dealing with what's left of my open and very hard-to-heal wound (residual effects of radiation). I recently met with a specialist who told me that the radiation caused the abscess. At this point, I am eager to chat with anyone who has also experienced a similar situation---abscess of lumpectomy, etc. Thanks...Liz

Maybe premature - thoughts on funeral

My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV a little over a year ago. By this October, she was doing really well -- no signs of disease except for a very small mass on her left breast. Previously she'd had metastases to her liver and lungs. Anyway, we thought things were going well. The oncologist told us she could have five years ahead of her, maybe even longer if she was really lucky. Then in early December she started having problems with her left eye. At first she and her doctor thought it was just a temporary side effect from some of her new meds (she'd recently started hormone therapy as disease "maintenance"). Then they decided to get a brain scan just to be sure... and found over a dozen tumors in her brain, including a big one on the nerve leading to her left eye. She's just finished WBRT, but the doctors are not particularly optimistic. They're thinking she'll have somewhere between 6 months and a year. Now, I know they don't know everything and it's hard to predict when anyone will die, but nevertheless it's got me thinking about what will happen when she's gone and the grieving process. Now the issue: I don't know if I want to attend the funeral. To me, the purpose of funerals is to help people accept that their loved one is gone and to give/receive support from others that knew her. It's not for the dead. The problem is that I do not find funerals helpful when I'm grieving (I've been to a few in the past few years for grandparents and older friends). In fact, in the case where a family member has died, I find them distressing -- in part due to a number of ill-behaved aunts and uncles. I find other things more helpful when it comes to grieving. For example, after my Grandma died, I looked through family photos, and I played scrabble (her favorite game) with my family. The point is, I think I need to grieve differently. I know I won't regret missing it. But I'm concerned about the reactions I may get from family members. I'm not worried about friends and extended family -- I either know they'll understand or simply don't care enough about their opinion -- but I know that my dad and my younger brother and sister will both attend, and have a tendency to judge others harshly. Should I just go with my gut and grieve in my own way? Or go (even though I'll find it the opposite of helpful) to avoid potential issues with my immediate family?

Breast Cancer Pain

I just have a quick question:  Is triple negative breast cancer painful?  Is it normal to have breast pain with this kind of cancer?  I would appreciate it very much if you could share your experience with pain of any breast cancer especially triple negative breast cancer. Thanks in advance!

Did anyone's cancer NOT show up on Mammogram or Ultrasound?

Hello, I'm visiting from the Thyroid Cancer message board and have a question. Did any of you find a lump that did not show up on mammogram or ultrasound but turned out to be malignant?I found a pea size lump 2 weeks ago and went to my gyno. He also felt it and sent me for a diagnostic mammogram with ultrasound. The tech, AND the radiologist could feel it but could see nothing on the ultrasound.I was relieved at first but now I'm wondering if I should still worry. My thyroid cancer was found as a fluke so I'm a little skeptical. Any advise is appreciated!

Invasive Metaplastic Breast Carcinoma

I have just recently been diagnosed with invasive metaplastic breast carcinoma. Apparently it is very rare. Has anyone out there had this and if so what was your treatment and where were you treated?

Calling all alternative cancer treatments experiences...

I'm 29, diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer, tumor size 1.3mm X 1.9mm. Lymph nodes probably not infected but will know for sure after my lumpectomy 8/6/14. I have changed my diet and lifestyle since the morning of the Dx. I used to eat everything in sight, though tho I'm naturally skinny so never thought anything of it. I've been completely vegan since that morning and have been adhering to a strict alkaline diet and exercising everyday and feeling great! However, I just want to be fully prepared for the possibility that I may need chemo if indeed it has spread. My research has been so mixed, deciding between chemo or alternative treatments involving B17, eating only fruits/veg... vs. chemo.  Does anyone have any personal experience with either success or failure after refusing chemo? I have heard many success stories myself, either friends' moms or aunts but I haven't heard any failures (except Steve Jobs but even his wasn't so much a failure as pancreatic cancer is very deadly and he survived another 8 years post his initial Dx when only 4% survives past 5 years)...

Hair Loss using Letrozole

Hello, I've been using Letrozole for a year and a half. Aside from muscle and joint pain, it's been going okay. Some fatique as well. However, lately my hair has really thinned out - to the point that I can't put it in a ponytail anymore. My scalp isn't showing....yet but I'm afraid I'm headed there. How's anyone else been having this problem? Any suggestions? I'm taking Biotin (even doubled the dose). I also (out of desperation) started using an off brand of romaine for women. Would love to hear if anyone has ideas.

Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and are looking for treatment options, join the Maryland Proton Treatment Center’s webinar on April 25 to learn about proton therapy for women’s cancers. Proton therapy is a highly precise form of radiation treatment that enables physicians to deliver a targeted dose of radiation to your tumor, while limiting radiation to the surrounding, healthy tissue in the heart and lungs. Sign up for the webinar now at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/814211378336735129

Liver damage after having radiation for breast cancer

I had breast cancer six years ago, and I had radiation.  I was burned so bad .   Now I have severe scarring on my liver.  The doctors will not admit that it was caused from the radiation, but my cancer was in the right breast and that your liver is located right behind the right breast.   I cannot believe that as bad as I was burned, that it did not also scar my liver.   I was told several years ago that my lungs were scarred from the radiation, so why couldn't my liver of been scarred too.  I have never drank, but trying to convince a doctor that my liver damage is not from drinking is impossible.  I am scheduled for liver biopsies in two weeks.   Has anyone else ever had this happen after having radiation as a followup for breast cancer?

Dr. Lorraine Day

Think this doctor has an interesting story on treating her breast cancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAF23j8OU3M

side effects of tamoxifen and arimidex

I am a five time cancer survivor.  I am 55 years old and all of my cancers happened between 50 and 55 years of age.  I am cancer free at this moment.  One of my cancers was breast cancer.  They put me on tamoxifen, which I was on for two years.  The side effects were horrible.  Memory loss, forgetfulness, extreme hot flashes and extreme anxiety to name a few.  I got my doctor to change me to arimidex which I was on for 16 months.  My side effects were extreme bone pain, tiredness, more memory loss, inability to put words together and extreme hot flashes.  I took myself off of it because this wasn't living.   I have been off the two drugs now for just over a year.  I still have bone aches and burning in my hips.  My shoulders are painful to the point that wearing a bra is very uncomfortable.  My ability to put words together is a constant battle.  My memory loss is frustrating.  My teeth are cracking and coming apart. The only thing that calmed down were my hot flashes.  All the aches and pains and even the teeth are doable.  What I am really scared about is that I have aquired dementia due to these pills.   I would love for someone to tell me their story and/or give me hope that I will live with this but it won't get worse.  I can do that.  Please share your story with me as right now it is not just me that notices these signs.  It is my husband, my friends and my employees.

Shrinking the tumor; stopping the spread

Can anyone tell me if these are one in the same? Dr. talks about shrinking the tumor then doing "chemo."  All the drugs my daughter is taking are labeled "chemo drugs."  What's the difference in chemo in pill form and chemo intravenously?

looking for Intravenous Vit C provider in Northern CA

Hello - I am looking for a Intravenous Vit C provider in Northern CA near Sacramento.  Can someone here give me a recommendation?

Mammogram question

Hello. I am 42 and just had my third screening mammogram and I am terrified. Never had anything show up before, but I got a call that I need a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound now. The findings were: No microcalcifications, no asymmetrical distortion or thickening of skin. Focal density in right breast seen on cc view only, may be artifactual. Further evaluation is advised I am scared. I have very large, dense breasts. I don't feel anything abnormal in there. I read that dense things are like 85% likely to be cancer.  Any thoughts or advice is welcome

stage 4 breast cancer

hello everyone my wife has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer she refuses to ask or has told doctors what the outcome will be i am scared to death of losing her can yo beat this type of cancer i am 38 and we have a 7 year old daughter cant imagine life without my wife

dexamethasone and treatment

My dads girlfriend was recently diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy and no lymphnodes are involved. She is due to start treatment next week.There is one thing I am confused about and was looking for a little insight on it. They have her taking 16mg/day for 2 days of dexamethasone to help with nausea?!?!?! Combined with some other things. They have written her a script for kytril (sp?) to be used as necessary if experiencing nausea as well. I don't understand why dexamethasone is being used for nausea. My dad is fighting brain cancer right now as well and he uses dexamethasone but to reduce brain swelling and with a stage 4 GBM has never been on 16 mg per day. I know how ugly this drug can be and I don't understand why they are using it in treatment of breast cancer. I also don't understand how they can flood her body with such a high dose and then just stop it after 2 days. I thought it needed to be tapered down (I guess she isn't on it long enough for tapering?!?!?) Any information on this would be greatly appreciated from anyone who has experience with decadron (dexamethasone) Struggling

Fat Necrosis

Has anyone had experience with fat necrosis? I had a lumpectomy over a year ago, and completed radiation treatments a year ago. I have had several lumps appear In close proximity to the incision. My breast surgeon said they are fat necrosis. In one case, she ultrasounds the area. With a new lump, she told me she is "positive" it is fat necrosis, but didn't do any ultrasound or biopsy. I am going for a second opinion next week.

Metaplastic Carcinoima Triple Negative

I've yet to come across patients surviving with this subtype of breast cancer.  I would love to connect with others who have been diagnosed with this!

Miracle cures

I've  noticed Fred Eichhorn mentioned in different threads on this site. Putting aside themail fact that his ideas have been around for over a hundred years (and have been proven, time and time again, to be false), I have personal experience with his "treatment". A close friend had breast cancer. It was incurable, prognosis 2 to 5 years. Late in her journey, Eichhorn contacted her. Traveling to LILLIAN, I  listened to his theories for 3 hours. My friend chose to use his extremely expensive "therapy", a mineral and shark collagen drink. Surprise! She died. The supplement had no noticeable effect; when she talked to him, he mentioned tests that her oncologist  had never heard of. My friend made it to 5 years before deciding She died. The money she wasted on his treatment would have been better spent enjoying life.

Rib pain months after radiation stops

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last Jan followed by 6.5 weeks of radiation.  I am now taking Femara with the usually side effects but about 8 weeks ago I started experiencing pain under my left breast in the rib area (same side as the bc).  As a precaution my doctor sent me for a bone scan which is negative but still no diag for this pain.  Anyone out there with a similar situation?  Thanks

 

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