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Oncotype Results/Decisions

I'll be getting my Oncotype DX results on Monday. I've had a bilateral mastectomy and 7 lymph nodes removed. I'll be taking Tamoxifen. My oncologist told me based on tumor size chemo is a definite option but we're waiting for Oncotype DX results. Family history of breast and ovarian cancer are quite prevalent in my family so it's another facet that I have to keep in mind. I'm unsure...I will do whatever it takes...I'm not backing down now but just not sure of the best path and… read more

posted about 6 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

How long is the recovery after tissue expanders are put in a year after my double mastectomy?

I had my double mastectomy a little over a year ago and I just scheduled the first stage of my recon which is having the tissue expanders put in. My question is how long is the recovery, the Dr. said it's outpatient and no drains and told me it was 6 weeks recovery which seems long. I went back to work like 3 1/2 weeks after my double mastectomy part time and I'm a hairdresser. This seems like it wouldn't be as bad as… read more

tags: Breast Cancer Reconstruction

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User

I'm not sure why you wouldbe told 6 weeks. I lost my original set of expanders due to an infection. After finshing chemo, I had surgery in mid-October to get new… read more

posted about 20 hours ago

Anyone had triple negative results on mammoprint but be non-basal like?

My mammaprint showed triple negative but of luminal type instead of basal like. Anyone experience this?

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User

If ejection fraction stays below 50 and they have to stop herceptin, what do they do instead?

Since they wouldn't give me my herceptin on Monday because the ejection fraction was below 50 - what happens if it stays down and I can't stay on the herceptin/perjeta regimen for my stage IV cancer - anyone else go through this and how did your treatment change?

tags: ejection fraction herceptin heart

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@RoseannDT, cardiac MRI is different than a MUGA scan, I don't know if one is better than the other. Yes, the abilities of the tech doing the test can have an effect… read more

edited, originally posted 2 days ago

Does anyone have any advise as to tear drop shaped implants?

Just wondering if anyone has an opinion on the new tear drop shaped implants.

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@MarBear I have teardrop saline expanders now and will have the exchange to the teardrop gummies in Jan. Like Candice, I chose them for a more natural appearance as… read more

edited, originally posted 1 day ago


How long did people take before driving again after mastectomy

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Most importantly do not drive under the influence of narcotics, and secondly do not drive with restricted movement (range of motion).
I was off pain meds within a… read more

posted 2 days ago

Anyone have their Echo numbers go down and get denied chemo session?

I went in for my maintenance chemo today of herceptin/perjeta and they sent me home because the numbers from my echo went down from 60 (3 mos ago) to 47.3 this one in November. Anyone have that problem and what did they do about it? Funny thing is, I called the oncologist office last week to ask about the echo and a nurse called me back and said the test was fine and my oncologist was happy with it. He is on vacation this week and the other… read more

tags: echo heart chemo herceptin

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I was told that 50 was the benchmark on the echo. Mine went down to 59 from 65 and I was concerned. They told me they didn't worry until it went down to 50. I'm not… read more

posted 4 days ago

Lymphvascular invasion: present- need more details please

My recent pathology report came back from surgery and say this is present. The surgeon did not mention this when she called me- was she sparing me super bad news? She tells me still unsure about chemo. I read this is different than lymph node involved- I had 1/3 sentinel node with micrometatis cancer cells so she is now doing Oncotype test. I do not meet with MO until 8th- can anyone give me more details on this part of finding please? Thx Laura

posted 5 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Micromets are good, hon. Teeniest TINIEST bit of spread into ONE node. Chances are removing THAT node got ALL of the "lymphvascular invasion" OUT of you. It's honestly… read more

posted 5 days ago


My oncologist recently took me off of Ibrance and anastrazole and I started monthly injections of Faslodex because my liver lesions are growing. Can anyone give advice or hope if they have a similar situation... am so scared that it will not work.

posted 6 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I have been on Faslodex for about a year now, I think, and I have had great results with it. My tumors have not spread and have not gotten any bigger. I am happy with… read more

posted 3 days ago

Ovary Removal or Ovary and Uterus Removal

Saw the gyno today. Since finding out I am triple positive and BRACA2, the doctors have mentioned I should get the ovaries and tubes out. Ok, I'm on board with that. Sounds easy enough. Fast and will be coupled with final implant exchange. Day surgery. Yeah! Well today he mentioned I could consider removing the uterus at the same time. Hum, longer surgery, hospital overnight stay, and he thinks 2 days off work to recover. Mentally I wasn't planning on another major (in… read more

tags: triple positive Braca II inconclusive ovaries uterus

posted 7 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I just had everything removed 5 weeks ago. I had pre cancer cells in my uterus from taking tamoxifen. The surgery was done laparoscopically and I was up walking around… read more

posted 7 days ago
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