Once you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’ll probably meet with a number of cancer specialists — oncological surgeons, plastic surgeons, and oncologists, depending on your diagnosis. One important thing to keep in mind a this point: when you meet with your doctors after the biopsy, don’t go alone. You need to bring three things: • A trusted relative or friend—an extra set of ears can help you figure out your options and will help catch any details you miss. • A tape recorder so you can replay the session later. • A list of questions to ask your doctor. Below you’ll find a good starter list of questions to ask your doctor. Be sure to add your own before and during the appointment. 1. What kind of breast cancer do I have? How many tumors do I have, and how large are they? Read an overview of breast cancer . Read an overview of the types of breast cancer . 2. What stage cancer do I have? Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes?
My name is Traci Mulder, and I am 40 years old. I have been a breast cancer survivor for six years, since 9/11/2000, and this is my breast cancer story. The Breast Cancer Symptoms - Was It A Breast Lump or Not? I was 34 when I found a tender lump underneath my left armpit . I had just finished breastfeeding our 14-month-old son, Cameron, and was pregnant with our second child. I was healthy and happy and thought it was probably just a blocked milk duct. But, the medical professional in me told me that to be safe, I should get the lump checked out. And I did. When I saw my doctor, he agreed that there was nothing in the breast that felt suspicious. There were no obvious symptoms of breast cancer, aside from that odd lump. But, he ordered me to have a mammogram anyhow. I argued with him. I was a registered nurse, pregnant and had no family history. I was only 34 years old! I didn't need a mammogram. The doctor countered that mammograms weren't...
Sometimes, things do not go as we like and breast cancer returns in a different site from the breast - a metastatic site. It's what patients all fear with each little ache and pain, and what your oncologist looks for at each follow up visit. Less common these days is the patient who presents with metastatic disease at the outset - this can be seen with a very aggressive breast cancer, or with a patient who sometimes delays seeking treatment for a primary tumor which has time to develop overt metastases.
Sadly, metastatic breast cancer remains incurable and while some progress has been made we have a lot more room to go.
The identification of HER2 as a therapeutic target and the development of Herceptin - a targeted therapy against HER2 positive breast cancer - has probably been the greatest contribution to metastatic disease in the past ten years.
Metastatic breast cancer can recur in any organ, but most commonly returns in the bone, lung or liver. The "bone on...
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