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Topic: Appointment with high risk assessment program

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2018 04:56PM

momto3sons wrote:

Our local hospitals are affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. I had received a flyer about offering high risk assessments, and had mine today. It was wonderful, and definitely helped put my mind at ease that I'm on the right path for now. She said based on my family and personal history I'm at a 37% risk of developing BC, although this is for over the next 40 years. She agreed that tamoxifen isn't a great plan for me at this time. I've got my orders in for a diagnostic mammo and most likely a follow-up US in December, and an appointment with one of their breast surgeons in April.

She did a breast exam as well, and noted that my cyst I've been dealing with is quite large - and it's super tender as well...has been for a few days. She said if it's still sore in another couple of weeks to let her know, and she'll get me in with the breast surgeon earlier to discuss aspirating it.

Carolyn, mom to 3 sons - ADH, intraductal papillomas 3/1/18 Surgery 2/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Right
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Oct 12, 2018 11:12PM SouthernCatbird wrote:

You sound very similar to me. I am at 35% of developing BC as a result of family history and personal history. My doctor offered tamoxifen to me, and I haven't decided whether I want to take it or not - reading horror stories about the side effects. I saw a breast surgeon on 10/10/2018, and he believes in me taking a less drastic measure than having a BMX with reconstruction right now. He thinks that I have too much worry over tamoxifen, and that I could take it without any side effects. I am meeting with a plastic surgeon on10/23 to find out more information on the reconstruction and recovery. Then, I meet again with my breast doctor in December. It's difficult trying to figure out what to do - I am scared either way :( . Good luck with your follow-ups. Why did your doc feel that tamoxifen isn't a good fit for you?

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