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Posted on: May 6, 2019 04:39PM

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May 6, 2019 06:19PM illimae wrote:

That early detection means early stage. In my case, I was diagnosed stage IV de novo less than two weeks after finding the lump. This one is only an assumption but I think a common one.

That negative genetic testing results mean you are average risk. Family history is really important due to all the factors we don’t yet know to test for.

That it’s your fault. It is not your fault, there is risk with everything in life, don’t beat yourself up.

Diagnosed at 41 Stage IV De Novo Dx 11/16/2016, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 1/1/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/2/2017 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/2/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/10/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 10/5/2017, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to brain Radiation Therapy 10/19/2017 External: Brain Radiation Therapy 4/18/2018 External: Brain Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 6, 2019 06:29PM ksusan wrote:

That chemo and radiation don't help, but herbs and spices do.

Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 6, 2019 11:01PM Beesie wrote:

Since most breast cancers are caused by factors outside of our control - the fact that we are women, that we have estrogen running through out bodies, that we get older and our cells become more prone to failure, that we may be born with genetic mutations (yes, only about 10%) but also other factors that increase our risk of breast cancer (such as high breast density, such as body type and the age at which we start and stop menstruating, etc.) - I think the heavy focus on lifestyle and environmental factors is misleading. In fact this in itself is in some ways a myth and misconception because the truth is that even if you do everything right, you can still get breast cancer.

Another, that being diagnosed early stage means you will be fine. Unfortunately, as we know, 20%-30% of early stage patients eventually develop mets.

And another, that you are in the clear after 5 years. No, recurrences can still occur 10 or 20 year later, or even later than that.


“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
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May 7, 2019 02:31PM SummerAngel wrote:

One that bothers me is the opposite of Bessie's (which of course also happens). I get tired of the "it always eventually comes back" line, especially with DCIS or low-grade IDC.

Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node. Dx 4/3/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/4/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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May 7, 2019 03:00PM - edited May 7, 2019 03:17PM by Beesie

SummerAngel, good point.

I think the general public often has the perception that early stage is 100% curable. I think it's those who have breast cancer who may believe that it always eventually comes back. So different audiences hold different misconceptions, and both need to be addressed.


I'll add another, which is that if someone is diagnosed again with breast cancer 10 or 20 years after the first diagnosis, that it means that the cancer has "come back". Sometimes that's true, but more often it's a new primary. The myth that too many women believe that they can only be diagnosed one time and that it would be equivalent to being struck by lightening to be diagnosed twice. While most of us will only face one diagnosis of breast cancer during our lifetimes, being diagnosed once does not reduce the odds of being diagnosed again but actually increases the odds. I am always surprised when I see women who are surprised by a new primary diagnosis years or decades after their first diagnosis. Disappointment, yes. Frustration, yes. Anger, yes. But surprise? Breast cancer is a risk all women share, even if we've been diagnosed before. But a new primary is not a recurrence and is not the return of the original cancer.

“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
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May 7, 2019 03:10PM - edited May 7, 2019 03:10PM by kber

There is no scientific link between deodorant and breast cancer.

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/myths/antiperspirants-fact-sheet


Dx 11/2018, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIB, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/7/2018 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 7, 2019 05:23PM wrenn wrote:

someone once blamed my cancer on my weight referring to the weight estrogen connection. I am triple neg so I don’t think that fits

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 7, 2019 06:55PM - edited May 7, 2019 07:02PM by BellasMomToo

Early detection/early stage would only require minimal treatment.

Early detection/early stage is 100% curable.

After you are 'cured', you will return to normal, like you never had cancer.

Being underweight would prevent BC. (I know a woman who is trying to get super skinny. She told me she was doing that to prevent BC. I told her not all BCs are estrogen driven. She was floored!)

All BCs present as a lump. (The skinny woman doesn't get mammograms. She does self-exams and as long as she doesn't feel a lump, she can't have BC)

Mammograms always detect BC.

Dx'd at age 56. Tumor found by my annual mammogram -- cancer can grow fast! Dx 10/6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 10/6/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR- Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/1/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 3/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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May 7, 2019 08:42PM cattledoglv wrote:

If you have a lump that hurts, it’s not breast cancer. Drs are still telling patients this quackery.

ADH Rt 8/17 ADH Left 5/18 Surgery 8/25/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/18/2018 Lumpectomy Surgery 12/26/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary
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May 7, 2019 09:40PM - edited May 7, 2019 09:40PM by Honeybee68

That stage IV means it is fatal and SOON.

That mastectomy is necessary for every woman with breast cancer and it means that all the cancer is cut out and thus gone.

Dx age 49, 06/06/18, stage IV DCIS and IDC, ER-, PR-, HER2+, 2 liver mets, 07/20/2018, Taxol weekly 4 mos, Herceptin & Perjeta indefinitely. Two site lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy, 0/6 nodes 04/15/19. Whole breast radiation starting 05/13/19.
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May 7, 2019 09:43PM Honeybee68 wrote:

Also: if you are stage IV de novo, it means you didn't get mammograms, didn't do self-exams, and just generally let things slide too long. I think this is what people want to believe so they think they are in control.

Dx age 49, 06/06/18, stage IV DCIS and IDC, ER-, PR-, HER2+, 2 liver mets, 07/20/2018, Taxol weekly 4 mos, Herceptin & Perjeta indefinitely. Two site lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy, 0/6 nodes 04/15/19. Whole breast radiation starting 05/13/19.
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May 7, 2019 10:23PM MountainMia wrote:

I told a friend (who has a PhD in immunology) that my tumor was small but aggressive, and I had a lumpectomy. She couldn't reconcile "aggressive" with lumpectomy, and couldn't understand why I didn't have a mastectomy. Don't know if there is mythology around that, but most people probably don't know there is a range of treatments, and it isn't one-size-fits-all.

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May 7, 2019 10:24PM MountainMia wrote:

This may have been said -- myth that mammograms will show if you have a tumor. Of course, they don't always. Mine wasn't visible.

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May 7, 2019 10:38PM ksusan wrote:

Nor mine.

Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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May 7, 2019 11:38PM wrenn wrote:

Before I had cancer I believed all the myths. I was educated by the women here.

Metaplastic IDC Triple negative...Tumour is 1.5cm. BMX Aug. 16th. Chemo cancelled after one dose due to complications. Dx 7/25/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/16/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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May 7, 2019 11:51PM - edited May 8, 2019 12:23AM by voraciousreader

mammograms save lives...yes. Population based screening mammograms save lives. HOWEVER, diagnostic mammograms save MORE lives.


And, for those with “average" risk, population based mammograms every other year save as many lives as those mammograms done annually.


Fat chance that those myths will disappear. These myths waste money and ultimately lives.


We deserve a better means of screening.....and a cure



http://time.com/4629245/who-needs-a-mammogram-for-breast-cancer-guidelines/


https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-03-23/are-mammograms-overrated


https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/rethinking-the-screening-mammogram-2018062814151


I will add...I am sick and tired of reading Radiologist Dr. Kopans' comments. Below the Harvard blog column he comments and vehemently disagrees with what was written. We will never put to rest the controversy of population based screening mammography and the myth that they save so many lives as long as Dr. Kopans dismisses the suggestion that there is controversy. There is controversy and patients need to be informed, Politicians also need to be informed and they need to stand up and demand answers so that taxpayer monies won't be wasted. We need GOOD research and that costs money. So let's all agree that MAYBE there should be a better way of screening...


https://www.nature.com/articles/s41523-017-0035-5


“The United States is the only country where annual screening starting at age 40 is standard practice, yet our breast cancer mortality rate is no better than countries that screen less.62 Clearly, there is room for improvement. Progress will only come by investigating other possibilities. The WISDOM study will evaluate one such possibility—screening based on a woman's individual risk—opening its first site in August 2016, expanding to other sites nationally in 2017. It is certainly unlikely that all women benefit equally from screening. Investing in pragmatic studies like WISDOM allows us to learn who is at risk for what kind of breast cancer, tailor screening accordingly and build a new framework for continuous improvement.

Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 02/2010 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% /PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)
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May 8, 2019 06:11AM Rah2464 wrote:

The myth that Mammography screening and Ultrasound screening are infallible and will catch your disease, especially if you have dense breast tissue. I think it is truly important to educate everyone that it takes imaging, self exam, and perhaps self awareness of symptoms to catch this disease as early as possible. I really blindly felt that as long as I went to my yearly mammogram appointments followed by consult and exam with my breast surgeon, that I was fine. Imaging wound up failing me but my intuition about myself and how I felt helped me get diagnosed. If I had relied just on a mammogram/ultrasound I think I would have had a much different prognosis.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 8, 2019 06:34AM Traveltext wrote:

Men don't have breasts.

Men can't get breast cancer.





NED breast and prostate cancer. More on Male BC

Dx 03/14, IBC, Lgth. 2cm, Stge IIIB, Gde 2B, ER+/PR+, HER2- ; FEC x3, Taxol x3; Mx & 2/23 nodes; Rads x 33; now on tamoxofin.

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May 8, 2019 07:24AM - edited May 8, 2019 07:26AM by farmerlucy

“I had a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI - nothing seen. Whew I'm good." BS

“My doctor is taking care of me, I can just sit back and relax." BS again. You must be your own best advocate, check and recheck, get full copies of all reports, ask questions.

“My doctor is up to date on current practices." Stick with BCO to keep up with new treatments, trends, practices. Chances are folks here know before your doctor knows.

Dx at 51 after a preventive mx that wasn't. Oncotype dx 3. 3D tattoos from Vinnie! PTSD?? You are not alone! Surgery 2/20/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 2/24/2012, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/10/2012 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 4/9/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 4/13/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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May 8, 2019 01:55PM Oceanbum wrote:

All breast cancer treatments are the same.

I had NO idea until I was diagnosed how many types of breast cancer there are, nor did I know anything about the different types of treatment.

Becky ~ "Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths." Surgery 11/2/2000 Dx 3/6/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 9/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 10/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/15/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 12/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/7/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 8, 2019 01:57PM MountainMia wrote:

Oceanbum, along with that, the myth that everyone has the same side effects.

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May 8, 2019 02:04PM Beesie wrote:

MountainMia... and, for those who don't have breast cancer and don't have to go through any of the treatments, the myth that there are no side effects.

You are done with surgery/rads/chemo, well, then you are fine now, right? Who out there knows that so many of us, even early stagers, are on meds for 5 or 10 years, and that these meds may have significant health and quality of life side effects?

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May 8, 2019 02:21PM Oceanbum wrote:

Exactly! It's not a one size fits all disease. That's for sure!

Becky ~ "Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths." Surgery 11/2/2000 Dx 3/6/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 4/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 9/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 10/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/15/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 12/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/7/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 8, 2019 07:01PM LoriCA wrote:

I can honestly say that everything I "thought" I knew about breast cancer was wrong. I've learned so much from the people here since my Dx (thank you all). So many good points made already that I wish we had a like button, but I want emphasize one thing that a few others have already mentioned - that being diagnosed Stage IV de novo means that we must have been skipping mammograms, BSEs, and obvious signs of cancer for it to get that far before we were diagnosed. The idea that it's somehow our own fault and if only we were getting mammograms when we were supposed to we could've been cured. I think it lets people believe that as long as they get their mammograms they'll be fine. I've had it said to me more times than I want to count and I try to use it as an opportunity to educate people. There are breast cancers that don't form lumps and don't show on imaging. I had never even heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, let alone known what to look for, until it happened to me.

IBC Stage IV de novo - mets throughout skeleton, liver, distant nodes, chest wall, skin, tumor in brachial nerves.Still trying to get it to slow down. Dx 9/8/2017, IBC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 9/25/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/29/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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May 10, 2019 04:17PM - edited May 10, 2019 04:21PM by bgirl

Mammograms catch all cancers in time to be curable. They are a great screening tool and found my first BC at 46. The 2nd one, not so much.

Small means not a big deal. 5mm first time and 6mm second time. So many other factors affect the outcome, pathology, lymph node involvement, etc

No lumps either time, first deep and second behind nipple. Found a lymph node that was growing second time.

A second tumor is not always a recurrence or a death sentence.

How can your BC be different this time, aren't they all the same?

Treatment for BC is surgery and radiation and sometimes chemo .... no that is not always all!! Why are you still doing treatment more than a year later??? Even this site doesn't have place for some of the other options people are doing like Zometa infusions for prevention/treatment of bone mets.

When you finish the last treatment you are done. My cousin just started treatment and believes that when she is finished treatment everything will normal.

That the treatments can leave permanent damage to our bodies ... if so why would you do them?? We often know we are trading the possibility of a cure or extension of our life for possible other health problems/and or earlier death from heart damage etc. We are trying to live in the here and now.

Victim blaming from the you must have done something or it's genetic.


Dx 10/27/2011, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/9/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy 12/26/2011 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 1/19/2012 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 4/4/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 5/6/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 6/21/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 8/16/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 12/2/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2019 Femara (letrozole)
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May 10, 2019 04:58PM 2002chickadee wrote:

Great question! Some of these might just be crazy things people say as opposed to full blown myths, but hopefully this helps.

  • if your lump feels "rooted" than it's not cancer
  • if your breasts hurt all the time it's probably just from years of breastfeeding (this is the story I told myself because BC didn't even cross my mind and indeed I had my first mammogram as soon as possible after breastfeeding ended, lo and behold - cancer!)
  • breast cancer is an older woman's disease
  • mastectomies 100% prevent breast cancer, or prevent recurrence
  • many cancer doctors cut off their breasts and cut out their uteruses as they're just cancer causing organs (a cancer radiologist said this to me, no joke)
  • you'll feel better emotionally and physically when your "active treatment" is over
  • the whole naming of "active treatment" vs. "maintenance treatment" and how the latter sounds so much mellower -- these hormone regimines are no joke!
  • when you're done with cancer treatment your doctors can tell you that you are definitively cured of cancer
  • it's good news that if your cancer comes back it'll come back so many years later, you must be able to relax about it now
  • if you got cancer you must have done something to cause it (been too fat / too sedentary / ate wrong / etc)
Dx 1/11/2018, IDC, Right, Stage IA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 2/6/2018 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 3/23/2018 CMF Dx 9/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/4/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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May 10, 2019 08:57PM FindingOptimism wrote:

This week someone told me they would just know if they had breast cancer so they didn’t get mammograms.


Dx 8/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/13/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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May 10, 2019 09:38PM - edited May 10, 2019 10:33PM by SimoneRC

That you only need to worry if your lump is hard, not movable and not smooth.

Every single doctor who felt my always lumpy breasts said they never would have thought what I felt was suspicious. I noticed the new lump on one of my best old lumps. Smooth, movable, soft, like a grape cut in half lengthwise. Thank goodness my GYN took me seriously despite having my annual 3D mammogram completely clear a few months before.

And, mammograms do not catch everything. The day of my ultrasound/core biopsy my 3D mammogram was completely clear as well.

ATM Gene Mutation, Deletion. IDC w/Lobular Features and Focal Mucinous Features. Pre Pectoral Reconstruction. Hysterectomy Surgery 4/6/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 7/3/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/30/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal

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