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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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    my sister was diagnosed with Atypical cells present, favor ductal carcinova. The doctor told her to undergo surgery to remove the entire breast.. any similar situation. we need positive advice. we are seeking another doctor's opinion .

    Asked by anonymous

    over 3 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Your sister's cancer will have some type of surgery, either a lumpectomy, or mastectomy. Depending on the complete diagnosis, may need chemotherapy, radiation, and possibly some kind of hormone therapy. You are missing parts of the diagnosis.... the type, stage, grade, and hormone status. I...

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      Your sister's cancer will have some type of surgery, either a lumpectomy, or mastectomy. Depending on the complete diagnosis, may need chemotherapy, radiation, and possibly some kind of hormone therapy. You are missing parts of the diagnosis.... the type, stage, grade, and hormone status. I think you are saying she has invasive ductal carcinoma. This is the most common type of breast cancer.
      Go with her to her consultation appointments with her oncologist and take notes. Have your sister ask her questions to her oncologist. This is so important because he/she will be referring to your sisters particular cancer which is different from any other woman's breast cancer.
      So many women will bring their pathology report to us and ask us to explain. PLEASE have your sister ask those type of questions about HER diagnosis bring those to her doctor. If a doctor gave me a pathology report, they wouldn't be leaving the exam room without telling me what it meant.
      Treatment plans depend on so many factors in a woman's diagnosis. They are tailored for each and every woman on an individual basis. We can tell you the treatment we had but really can't guess what will be appropriate for your sister. You are a good sister! Hang in there, and take care, Sharon

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Getting a second opinion would be a good idea. Sometimes a patient will have a choice in what surgery to have : mastectomy or lumpectomy and radiation. Other times there may not be a choice if the cancer is widespread in the breast, very large in size, or there is a strong family history or...

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      Getting a second opinion would be a good idea. Sometimes a patient will have a choice in what surgery to have : mastectomy or lumpectomy and radiation. Other times there may not be a choice if the cancer is widespread in the breast, very large in size, or there is a strong family history or genetic mutation. Getting an explanation for the doctor's recommendation, and getting a second opinion would be advisable.

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  • debbie schubert Profile

    Has anyone else experienced not knowing the origin of their cancer? My doctors don't know where mine is but know that it is stage 4.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      My boyfriend's best friend had stage 4 cancer. He was a highly respected Oncologist no less. And....his physician never found the origin of his cancer. Best wishes Debbie. Yes, Sharon's right...please come back, there are some wonderful supportive women on here. :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Debbie, I will be watching for answers you receive because I haven't heard of this before. Good luck to you. This board has a lot of wonderful supportive women.

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  • Fran Smith Profile

    If a mammogram and ultrasound are clear, why take a biopsy of suspicious lump?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Not all lumps are seen on mammo or U/S. I assume it's something that is being felt so they know it's there. There are numerous factors as to why not all lumps are seen including dense breast tissue. If that's the case they may want to do an MRI to better evaluate it (my opinion as I'm not a...

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      Not all lumps are seen on mammo or U/S. I assume it's something that is being felt so they know it's there. There are numerous factors as to why not all lumps are seen including dense breast tissue. If that's the case they may want to do an MRI to better evaluate it (my opinion as I'm not a doctor).

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Fran, because a mammogram and ultrasound didn't answer the question if this lump contains malignant cells. Your doctor is doing the right thing for you. Take care, Sharon

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    A big shout out to all the sisters and their loved ones along the east coast. Louisiana is praying for you. Hope you see a few of our crews up there lending a hand in pulling you back to some kind of normal. :-D Jo

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 5 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      PS! Praying your treatments aren't interrupted and that you all get TLC. Jo

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    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Jo, you are an inspiration and a help! To all those who have lost so much, love and prayers for restoration coming your way.

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