i have just had the results from my biopsies and it is breast cancer.at least they think its a primary in the breast but they are not sure if it has stemmed from my lung cancer last year.i am devastated,terrified,heartbroken and loads of other emotions i cant describe.i am waiting for a ct scan and hopefully that will tell them more.i know i will have to have a mastactomy and chemo and radio and that is all frightening in itself.i would be truely grateful for any words of hope.
I am so sorry you have joined --the club-- we have millions of members, unfortunately. Having had breast cancer I know a bit about all the emotions and throughts going through your mind. The good thing about breast cancer is the improvements in treatments and outcomes. Progress by leaps and bounds are being made daily. Even in the time since I was treated.... protocols have changed. I had invasive ductal carcinoma a 2.2CM. and one positive sentinal node. I chose to have a mastectomy, but could have had a lumpectomy. I had 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 years of follow-up hormone blocking drug. I am cancer free 5 years later. Treatment is no longer the shotgun approach. Pathologists can pin-point at a cellular level and recommend specific treatments because of your unique cancer cells. Women want to know what to expect and that is almost impossible to guess because of the specific treatment that will be just for you. Women also want to know their --survivability-- DON'T GO THERE it is in cold, clinical statistics. When you start reading that, it puts everything on a negative plane. Doctors have to talk in percentages but we were unique individuals. We, as humans, do NOT have an expiration date! I just marched through my treatment with a positive attitude, and a big bucket of humor. I know you are not at that point yet. Once your treatment path is mapped out for you, you WILL feel better. The --unknown-- space you are in right now is a terrifying place. You already KNOW you have breast cancer. Even in that, you no longer need to --worry--. The rest is a process of discovery. You will be able to get through this and hopefully, women on this board can help you.... I know I would. I also went through the preliminary tests.... an MRI, a CT, on and on.... plus a million vials of blood.....arrrrgh. Right now, I wish you a quick passage of time to gather all the facts you need. Be very careful what you read on the internet especially at this particular time in your diagnosis. You don't have enough facts to read something that really applies to you. There are a so many of us breast cancer alumni alive and well today. You can join us!!!! It is a rocky journey but we all make it along that path. Please keep us posted.... I will follow is you reply on this board. You have a whole lot of living to do... you will make it. Hang in there...take care, Sharon
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thankyou,uptown,for your wonderful message of hope.it has made me feel a little more at ease.i think i will be needing the support of all the ladies(and gentlemen,dont want to them to feel left out!!)on this site in the coming months.i agree with you that i will feel better once i have my scan results so i know exactly what iam facing.at the moment i am in limbo.thankfully i have a brilliant support system at home with my partner of 26years and my family,especially my mum who is so supportive and positive.she is the one that keeps me smiling when all i feel like doing is crying.will post back here again when i have had my scan.thankyou again.
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Hang in there, and know there are many surviving breast cancer patients. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!! It's an emotional roller coaster, but boards like this is a wonderous place that only us who have walked that terrible journey can help you thru one step at a time! God bless you in your journey.
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I'm new here and don't know where to start:
I am 28 years old, I have had two ectopic pregnancies, no live births. I have been experiencing swelling, redness, hot, tender, burning, itching (in both breasts)and a very strange sensation like I'm carrying a purse under my arm or laying on my left side I find myself feeling my left breast Is laying on a remote but nothing is there. I know because of my age and these symptoms being in both breasts has a higher chance it's not cancer? I do not know what this could be, the redness comes and gos but the fullness and other symptoms do not go away. Its been constant for a month now and I don't want to feel dumb asking the doctor as Im sure they wld say I'm too young. I have cysts in my breasts but I've never had any issues except during my cycle which was normal, but now cycle or not my breasts seem very angry. Can someone please tell me what this may be? Also, I just finished a round of zpac (antibiotic) for bronchitis and sinusitis and my breasts still have the same symptoms.
If I were you, I would consult a breast specialist to check this. It could be something as simple as a reaction to fabric softener or laundry detergent. Have you changed any soaps, etc. lately? Can you equate this with that type of change? It also sounds a bit like mastitis which can these types of symptoms.
Going to the dark side... it also has symptoms of a very aggressive, but very rare type of breast cancer... inflammatory breast cancer. I urge you to see a breast specialist because many doctor's in a regular practice, even a gyncologist, may not have seen it. No woman is too young to have breast cancer. I rarely write something like this because I know you are already worried and I don't mean to cause you more angst. This just sent off a tiny alarm bell in my head. Please get an appointment & let us know how you are doing. I will love to hear I am completely WRONG. Take care, Sharon
Thank you so much for replying! I keep talking myself out of saying anything because the redness comes and goes. I have not changed any soaps or laundry soap so I know it is that part of the reason. I also thought mastitis but they said it happens only when breast feeding which I've never done. I've never had a pregnancy past 10 weeks. I've always had a terrible immune system and I'm use to beig sick honestly, and truthfully having cancer is concerning but I have an overwhelming peace about it all. I've read the treatment is so hard but I'm honestly more afraid of speaking up to my doctor about it. I'm so used to being sick I feel that I can get thru this with a positive attitude however I say that and I've never had cancer. I knew I something was wrong in December when they gave my a shot of chemo to help with my miscarriage, I kept saying no something's still not ok. Sure enough by the end of the week the day after Christmas they found out I had been bleeding internally. I can't shake that same feeling now. Are there any other infections it could be? I have a mammo and ultrasound sch for Wednesday because upon routine exam she found a lump in the left breast and I didn't tell her of my symptoms. The lump doesn't fit ibc so I'm still questioning and I read those tests won't see ibc? Thank you for all of your help! I've never been on a board before, and my sweet husband just doesn't understand. Thank you for being a voice on here! Thank you for reading!
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