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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.

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  • thelma campbell Profile

    Can anyone share information with me about metaplastic breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • carol magee Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Thelma

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hello Thelma,

      From what I read, it is a rare form of breast cancer and is treated in a similar manner as more common types of breast cancer. Part of what I read, there is more significance given to the size of the tumor rather than the number of lymph nodes found to be positive. As with other...

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      Hello Thelma,

      From what I read, it is a rare form of breast cancer and is treated in a similar manner as more common types of breast cancer. Part of what I read, there is more significance given to the size of the tumor rather than the number of lymph nodes found to be positive. As with other forms of breast cancer, the sooner it can be detected and the smaller the tumor, the better. Were you diagnosed with this type of breast cancer? Please keep in touch with us, we are here to support you in your treatment.
      Take care, Sharon

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    Is it common to have both Invasive and Non Invasive Breast Cancer in the same area?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 9 years 3 answers
    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Yes, I had invasive adenocarcinoma and dcis in the same breast. Hope i helped!!

      Comment
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I cannot cite you a scientifically valid statistics so cannot give you clear stats about whether this is common or not.

      I can tell you I had 6mm invasive tubular carcinoma of the right breast along with less than 5% of non-invasive DCIS - all in the same patch of flesh. Not just in the same...

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      I cannot cite you a scientifically valid statistics so cannot give you clear stats about whether this is common or not.

      I can tell you I had 6mm invasive tubular carcinoma of the right breast along with less than 5% of non-invasive DCIS - all in the same patch of flesh. Not just in the same breast but in the same location.

      So it is certainly possible for this to happen - presumably even more than two types - but I have no reliable data on how common this is.

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    ok, Iam a 69 yr old who was told today that my biopsy was Invasive Ductal carcinoma, 5 cm. I will got to see the surgeon next Tuesday. I'll get the receptor results then. 5 cm seems awfully large. Has anyone on here had one that large?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 3 years 8 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It's pretty big but don't be terrified! LOTS of tumors that a much larger. Treatment will probably start out with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. You are probably going to be headed for a bunch of testing first before treatment begins. There are many options for treatment that allow us to go...

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      It's pretty big but don't be terrified! LOTS of tumors that a much larger. Treatment will probably start out with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. You are probably going to be headed for a bunch of testing first before treatment begins. There are many options for treatment that allow us to go on living a normal life following treatment. Hang in there, you will be ok. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • Chickie Allemand Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am the one who asked the question. IT was asked before I joined. Thanks to all who is,giving me hope.
      Love

      Comment
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    What is the difference if BRCA1 or BRCA2 is identified as the mutation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer

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