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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

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    Should I not have surgery because I am 89 years old? I have a lump in my breast, but have not been diagnosed.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      As the patient.... you have an absolute right to choose whether you want surgery or not. On the other hand, there isn't a reason why you shouldn't have surgery, if that is what you want to do. Plenty of mature folks have surgery all the time for whatever needs to be corrected. Usually women...

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      As the patient.... you have an absolute right to choose whether you want surgery or not. On the other hand, there isn't a reason why you shouldn't have surgery, if that is what you want to do. Plenty of mature folks have surgery all the time for whatever needs to be corrected. Usually women have a choice to have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Who knows.... you could live to be 120!!!!! Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      A lot depends on your health. Some doctors will do all they can to keep an elderly person from undergoing anesthesia. My oncologist told me that if we live long enough, ALL of us women get breast cancer. Please see your gynocologist and see what they say!

      Comment
  • Alissa Dawson Profile

    Can anyone comment on how their sentinal node biopsy was?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Clear!!! Yeah

      Comment
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      The core needle biopsy was fine. The area is numbed and you hardly feel it. I also had them removed ultimately - sentinel node dissection - and that was the most painful part of my surgery.

      8 comments
  • carol butler Profile

    just told that i have invasive lobular breast cancer and it is involving my whole breast - see surgeon next week - Does this mean that it definitely would have metastasized ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      No I'm invasive lobular known as ILC on all the sites. I'm stage 3 with a 7.3 cm mass. Here is the good mews I had clean nodes and cancer no where else. I though everything in the book at it and I am 2 1/2 years cancer free. It isn't a death sentence! It's a tough but doable journey. God Bless...

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      No I'm invasive lobular known as ILC on all the sites. I'm stage 3 with a 7.3 cm mass. Here is the good mews I had clean nodes and cancer no where else. I though everything in the book at it and I am 2 1/2 years cancer free. It isn't a death sentence! It's a tough but doable journey. God Bless you journey.

      2 comments
    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am sorry that you have joined us. Surgery often confirms a diagnosis in my case it bumped the stage up.

      You won't know the extent of it until
      Surgery and additional scans. I hope they are all done quickly and the results go your way.

      Cancer to some extent becomes a full
      Time in until you...

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      I am sorry that you have joined us. Surgery often confirms a diagnosis in my case it bumped the stage up.

      You won't know the extent of it until
      Surgery and additional scans. I hope they are all done quickly and the results go your way.

      Cancer to some extent becomes a full
      Time in until you know where it isn't. I'm sorry you have this worry. Breath be brave be smart and be decisive Read cry and read again.

      1 comment
  • Tawny Schaefer Profile

    How was your inflammatory breast diagnosed? Did it show up on mammogram or ultrasound? Did you need an MRI or biopsy to diagnose? Did the symptoms increase rapidly? My breast has become very firm, skin is now dimpled and has pin pricks and is red.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      This is a very rare type of breast cancer and usually aggressive. Have you seen a doctor yet? If not, if only for your own peace of mind, get yourself checked immediately. It doesn't matter what the doctor does as far as diagnostics, you will probably get a biopsy, ultrasound, mammogram, and...

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      This is a very rare type of breast cancer and usually aggressive. Have you seen a doctor yet? If not, if only for your own peace of mind, get yourself checked immediately. It doesn't matter what the doctor does as far as diagnostics, you will probably get a biopsy, ultrasound, mammogram, and maybe an MRI. Sometimes this can be difficult to diagnose. There are other things this could be.... remember this is a very rare type of cancer. Make an appointment asap. Take care, Sharon

      Comment
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      As Sharon said, make an appointment with a doctor and the sooner the better.

      Comment

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