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Early detection for breast cancer

If your doctor tells you it is in more than 1 spot and not in the same area, I recommend not doing the lumpectomy because by the time they get all of the tissue out, you have nothing left anyhow.

In 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast. There is no family history of it. Early detection is key women! GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS.
It was caught early. I had a lumpectomy, then a mastectomy. If your doctor tells you it is in more than 1 spot and not in the same area, I recommend not doing the lumpectomy because by the time they get all of the tissue out, you have nothing left anyhow.

I had reconstruction done at the same time as the mastectomy so I could get it over with in 1 surgery. I returned to work after 2 weeks and I have not had radiation or chemotherapy. I am a firm believer in letting the body heal itself.

I am going into 4 years’ remission. The team of people at the hospitals who guide you are phenomenal. I researched daily on the subject on the internet and made the decision that I could live with. Every woman is unique and every situation is unique. Know your options and know that they are out there.

Your family will be your support and remember your breasts are only a small part of your whole essence. Last year I dated a 35 year old and I am 49! You are beautiful with, without or with a scarred breast. Watch your diet and exercise. I am going to try and do the 3 day 60 mile walk in Sept. I am also a firm believer in progesterone cream.

Good luck to all of the ladies out there who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pam W

 

some resources:

  • American Cancer Society presents everything you need to know to cope with cancer and its effects
  • Cancer Care Inc. is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.
  • National Lympedema Network (NLN) provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, healthcare professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. The latter can develop as a result of cancer surgery, radiation, infection or trauma.
  • National Cancer Institute offers comprehensive information about endometrial cancer
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Updated  05/15/2010