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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

  • Sharon Thomas Profile

    If I have cancer, why don't I feel sick?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If you are asking about breast cancer specifically, you won't feel sick unless it has metastasized (spread) to an organ, bones, brain, etc. Some women, have symptoms with breast cancer like itching, pain, tingling, inverted nipple, discharge from the nipple, some type of sensation in the breast...

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      If you are asking about breast cancer specifically, you won't feel sick unless it has metastasized (spread) to an organ, bones, brain, etc. Some women, have symptoms with breast cancer like itching, pain, tingling, inverted nipple, discharge from the nipple, some type of sensation in the breast that is out of the ordinary. Some women have no discomfort or sensation from breast cancer. Once breast cancer has metastasized to an organ, a person may then develop different symptoms that would make them "feel sick." Breast cancer is sneaky! The best outcomes happen when the disease is caught early and treated successfully.

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    • Wendy Lauber Kilbourne Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Sharon, Cancer is somewhat a natural process of cell growth in your body. The cancer cells are just cells that don't know when to stop. Our bodies cannot tell the difference between good cells and cancer cells, thus, no symptoms, especially if caught early enough. The longer you have cancer...

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      Sharon, Cancer is somewhat a natural process of cell growth in your body. The cancer cells are just cells that don't know when to stop. Our bodies cannot tell the difference between good cells and cancer cells, thus, no symptoms, especially if caught early enough. The longer you have cancer the more you do start to notice symptoms as Sharon Danielson mentions above because the cancer cells start to add up.

      I had no symptoms when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I actually went in for a mammogram because I found a lump on my right breast. Come to find out, it was NOT cancerous. But in the meantime, they found cancer on my LEFT breast, which I never even felt.

      I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but wish you the best of luck and remember: Take it ONE step at a time.

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  • Jessica Fisher Profile

    I'm 29 recently diagnosed with IDC and the surgery option has been left up to me now and I'm struggling with the decision to have a lumpectomy or a preventative double mastectomy with full reconstruction. Suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 8 years 6 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Jessica, I'm sorry to hear about your DCIS diagnosis. I have stage 3 IDC and can relate to what you're feeling. Have you had the BRACA testing performed? It tests to see if you carry the breast cancer gene. That would definitely help with your decision. There are many things such as if any...

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      Hi Jessica, I'm sorry to hear about your DCIS diagnosis. I have stage 3 IDC and can relate to what you're feeling. Have you had the BRACA testing performed? It tests to see if you carry the breast cancer gene. That would definitely help with your decision. There are many things such as if any other members of your immediate family has had cancer, etc. I have a later stage of cancer so I have decided to have a double mastectomy. But it's such a personal decision to make. There is a wonderful site called breastcancer.org. You have to be very careful about doing research online. There is a lot of misinformation out there. This is a very good site for cancer info and includes a support board with other women that have DCIS. Dr Susan Love's breast book is also very informative. Best wishes to you whatever you decide,

      Diana

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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also had the option of choosing what treatment to do. It did not sit right with me because I am not a doctor. Educate yourself in all options. Try and think of all scenarios and how you might feel with each. I choose a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. My surgery was just 2 weeks...

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      I also had the option of choosing what treatment to do. It did not sit right with me because I am not a doctor. Educate yourself in all options. Try and think of all scenarios and how you might feel with each. I choose a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. My surgery was just 2 weeks ago.

      Good luck

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    drinking too much and just diagnosed with breast cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 3 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      I agree....when you're first diagnosed with breast cancer it's normal for your mind to go over & over the things that you've done in the past that you think might have caused your cancer. I didn't smoke, I ate healthy, drank only an occasional glass of wine, & exercised often. I also had no...

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      I agree....when you're first diagnosed with breast cancer it's normal for your mind to go over & over the things that you've done in the past that you think might have caused your cancer. I didn't smoke, I ate healthy, drank only an occasional glass of wine, & exercised often. I also had no family history of breast cancer. But I still had breast cancer. Children get cancer. They didn't do anything to cause their cancer. Cancer doesn't discriminate. Yes, there are certain risk factors...but they dont really have all the answers on why people get cancer. Please try not to beat yourself up. You need this energy to be focused on a plan of healing. Let us know how you are, hugs, Diana

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Oh Gal!

      I never smoked, never drank, led an exceptionally clean life and STILL got breast cancer. I think it is human nature to blame yourself for somehow screwing up and GIVING yourself breast cancer. PLEASE try to put that aside and just concentrate on getting yourself through the steps to...

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      Oh Gal!

      I never smoked, never drank, led an exceptionally clean life and STILL got breast cancer. I think it is human nature to blame yourself for somehow screwing up and GIVING yourself breast cancer. PLEASE try to put that aside and just concentrate on getting yourself through the steps to beat-the-crap out of this disease! We are all sister's here, many of us are presently going through treatment and I am at the 5 year mark. Hang in there darlin' quit flogging yourself. So sorry you are joining our little party group. We are all here to support one another. Take care, Sharon

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    Has anyone else been in this position? I have to have a repeat mammogram and ultrasound on density of the left breast. I had a biopsy last year.

    Asked by anonymous

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

      Arrgh! Hate the call-backs. I would suggest one more test and that would be an MRI.
      It can show up small changes very clearly. MOST of these call-backs turn out to be NOTHING! Take care, Sharon

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      No one likes call backs BUT better to go and get a "nothing" than to go and miss breast cancer. Mine was found in a call back the 3 other call backs were clear number 4 was invasive lobular and rarely shows up even the MRI said show about 2 cm the cancer turned out to be 7.3 cm.

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