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Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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  • Martha  Phillips Profile

    I have breast cancer that went to my bones - now cancer markers are normal. What does that mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Martha, I went over to the Cancer Research Institude site and I found this information concerning Tumor Markers;

      "Tumor marker levels also may be used to check how a patient is responding to treatment. A decrease or return to a normal level may indicate that the cancer is responding to therapy,...

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      Martha, I went over to the Cancer Research Institude site and I found this information concerning Tumor Markers;

      "Tumor marker levels also may be used to check how a patient is responding to treatment. A decrease or return to a normal level may indicate that the cancer is responding to therapy, whereas an increase may indicate that the cancer is not responding. After treatment has ended, tumor marker levels may be used to check for recurrence (cancer that has returned)."

      Hope this helps
      Hugs from Alice

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    • Martha  Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      You are so nice thank you

      Comment
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile

    Awesome blog by one of us. She's an inspiration. http://lisabadams.com/

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • jan bursky Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you. I highly recommend this. Definitely worth reading.

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    • Lisa G Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Thank you for the info..it was really helpful..take care

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    What is the percentage rate of women who will get a re-occurance of DCIS - Ductual Carcinoma Insitu after going through lumpectomy and radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 1 answer
    • Lisa Cefaratti Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I had invasive ductile carcinoma (IDC) stage 2B ER/PR+ and HER-2 NEG. I had a mastectomy, so there was no reason for radiation, but I had to have chemo. My oncologist told me that after the mastectomy and the chemo, I had a 15% chance of recurrence. So, I would assume with DCIS it is probably...

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      I had invasive ductile carcinoma (IDC) stage 2B ER/PR+ and HER-2 NEG. I had a mastectomy, so there was no reason for radiation, but I had to have chemo. My oncologist told me that after the mastectomy and the chemo, I had a 15% chance of recurrence. So, I would assume with DCIS it is probably much less, because DCIS is not invasive. I am no doctor, but that is just my assumption from what my case is. You should probably ask your oncologist for statistics like that. Good luck to you and God bless!

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    I had breast cancer 10 years ago, I recently noticed on the same breast, I have major pain and the nipple area seems to be unusually larger and scally..very painful throughout the lymph nodes could this be cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office...

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      I bet you already know what you need to do and the sooner the better. It is not unheard of to develop breast cancer for a second time. Any changes in breast tissue should be investigated. No one can say if this is breast cancer without much testing. Please contact your doctor's office tomorrow and have this checked asap. Take care, Sharon

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Can't tell you if it is or isent please go see a dr. to get it checked

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