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Patsy's Story

About her story

"I know the feeling that you must be having if you've just been diagnosed or you have a loved one that's just been diagnosed with breast cancer."

In February 2002, Patsy discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram with her doctor. The doctor performed a biopsy and diagnosed Patsy with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Patsy described her diagnosis, "like lightening had hit me. I was knocked to the ground."
But, like so many, Patsy relied on the strength of her family and friends to look at the hope in each day and to overcome breast cancer.

Hear Patsy's story and learn how she was not alone in her diagnosis.

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    Please I need to know as soon as possible what kind of blood test should be given for detection of breast cancer in 3b stage

    Asked by anonymous

    about 4 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sadly, there isn't a blood test yet that can detect, in specifics, stage 3B breast cancer. There are other tests that have to be done to find this type of cancer and a biopsy done to stage it and tell all the specifics about the breast cancer. Breast cancer comes in all different types and...

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      Sadly, there isn't a blood test yet that can detect, in specifics, stage 3B breast cancer. There are other tests that have to be done to find this type of cancer and a biopsy done to stage it and tell all the specifics about the breast cancer. Breast cancer comes in all different types and treatment is chosen as to what works the best on that particular type of cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I never had any blood work to detect my cancer. The Oncologist ordered a special test but that was after my first +biopsy to check something (can't remember what now).

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    6years ago I had gastric band surgery.1 year after I was diagnosed with breast cancer(surgery,chemo&radiation). Now I'm having issues with lap band, that may require surgery(keyhole) Will having this surgery increase chances of cancer spreading/returning?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 2 answers
    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Ask your oncologist about this, since it is a cancer concern . I would be surprised if abdominal surgery caused breast cancer to spread, but I am not a doctor. Have you heard that having other surgery can cause cancer to spread or return? I sure hope that is not the case. Hope the surgery...

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      Ask your oncologist about this, since it is a cancer concern . I would be surprised if abdominal surgery caused breast cancer to spread, but I am not a doctor. Have you heard that having other surgery can cause cancer to spread or return? I sure hope that is not the case. Hope the surgery resolves your problems.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      We are not doctors.

      Cover this in your preop planning. Any surgery is generally potentially dangerous

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  • sylvia clark Profile

    Chemo after surgery... what if you dont think you are healed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sylvia,

      What is happening that makes you think you aren't healed? If you are concerned you need to get in to see your surgeon and also call your oncologists office.

      Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It takes time to feel well. Your body has been treated but now it needs time to heal along with your mind and heart. Every week I feel better and almost a year out of chemo I'm just now feeling healed and adjusting to my new normal . I finished chemo6/30/2011, radiation 9/21/2011, tamoxifen...

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      It takes time to feel well. Your body has been treated but now it needs time to heal along with your mind and heart. Every week I feel better and almost a year out of chemo I'm just now feeling healed and adjusting to my new normal . I finished chemo6/30/2011, radiation 9/21/2011, tamoxifen for another 4 years and 3months. reconstruction 6/29/2012

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    I was diagnosed last week with invasive lobular breast cancer and I was uninsured. I signed up for insurance over the weekend, but my coverage won't start until 3/1. Is it a bad idea to wait until then (2-3 weeks) to have surgery when it's my initial one?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 6 answers
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    • Gillian Ashworth Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with IDC in 2013. I had a 1-2 week wait before surgery...and know of some ladies who had a 4-5 week wait. They tend to say cancer is slow growing. In some cases it is, other it isn't. I would trust you gut. If you feel ok with the wait, wait it out. During my waiting period I was...

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      I was diagnosed with IDC in 2013. I had a 1-2 week wait before surgery...and know of some ladies who had a 4-5 week wait. They tend to say cancer is slow growing. In some cases it is, other it isn't. I would trust you gut. If you feel ok with the wait, wait it out. During my waiting period I was very cautious of what I ate/drank, the way I exercised...everything. I avoided sugar like the plague. It was something I could control so I researched as much as I could on how to and what does combat cancer cells. I have no idea if any of myefforts were successful...but it gave me a little bit of ease. I don't think a 2-3 week wait is too bad - take control of things you can (diet, exercise, stress - not easy), but it'll give you a level of control. I'm sorry to hear you've joined our club...but please know that thousands of us have walked in your shoes and are doing ok. Stay positive!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was told at the beginning of Dec. 2012 I needed a biopsy but opted to wait until Jan. 2013 as my insurance deductible would have started all over again. From the day I was told I needed a biopsy to the day of my mastectomy was exactly 9 weeks. Sometimes you have to schedule things when they...

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      I was told at the beginning of Dec. 2012 I needed a biopsy but opted to wait until Jan. 2013 as my insurance deductible would have started all over again. From the day I was told I needed a biopsy to the day of my mastectomy was exactly 9 weeks. Sometimes you have to schedule things when they work out not only for you but the Dr. doing the procedure.

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