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Anyone have swollen lymph nodes in neck that be felt and seen but not show on CT scan.

In 2010 I was diagnosed with BC 3 neg with BRCA1 gene. No nodes involved, had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. So far all has been well until recently. I have several lumps on my neck and now one on the other side underneath my ear. Dr felt them and ordered a ct scan of the neck. The results came back unremarkable. I don't understand how this could be when you can actually see them. Should I insist on a biopsy?

posted about 5 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

How to raise hemoglobin in a week?


To receive my last chemo I need to increase my hemoglobin from 9 to 10.
The oncology told me I need a transfusion, but at this moment I say not, I regret. So he gives me B12, iron and folic acid, and an order for a blood test in a week.
I dont want to delay my chemo, it should be today.
Somebody knows if I eat beef 3 times a day, and a juice with orange, carrot, and beetroot, two times a day. Can I raise hemoglobin in one week? Or should start looking for blood donors?

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I received an iron transfusion. That helped me immediately. I've had chemo put off because of low blood counts, you'll be okay either way.

posted about 6 hours ago

Curious if anyone has ringing in their ears and is on Letrozoke.

I realize there are questions here about my topic but they are two years old.
My PA today ( oncology) is ordering an MRI and I'll see an ENT. She said it's not Letrozole and has never heard of it affecting hearing.
I'm doubtful. They just don't know in my opinion.

edited, originally posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I have tinntius 24/7. I had it on and off before cancer, but they say chemotherapy can cause it. I had taxotere/cytoxan 4 cycles and is currently on read more

posted 2 days ago

My Breast is now black and blue. Is it capsular contracture?

Hi all.
I got a combined mastectomy and right breast implant in early December. I had 25 rounds of radiotherapy that finished in early March. All was well until about ten days ago. Then my new breast started to hurt. It is now a little swollen, very tight, very hard and looks bruised all over. Does anyone know what this is and what should o expect. I'm visiting my surgeon in a week and am worried.



posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Good idea to go ahead and have it looked at. Better safe than sorry

posted about 19 hours ago

Elevated liver enzymes and pain

Anyone had issues with elevated liver enzymes and right upper quadrant pain, following breast cancer treatment?

I had double mastectomy, chemo, radiation last year and was started on Lupron injections and Exemestane once all of that was done. Liver enzymes have been slightly elevated each month since, which they said could be normal for the Exemestane. However I started having pain in the upper right quadrant, where the liver and gallbladder are. Wound up in the ER 2 weeks ago,… read more

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I had pain in the upper right quadrant as well but my liver tests were fine so that wasn't an issue. I had an ultrasound of my kidney and MRI or CT scan… read more

posted 2 days ago

I have been taking Anastrozole/Arimidex for almost three years. I now have tingling in my calves and ankles. Anyone else experiencing this?

The insert that came with the med this time says that tingling and numbness in skin can be a side effect, yet the nurse practitioner at the oncologist's office said my tingling isn't from that. I have had a negative CAT and brain MRI.

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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When I see my oncologist next time, I will come armed with the insert that lists "numbness and tingling in skin as a side effect. I also read that lack… read more

posted 1 day ago

Is anyone taking the prescription Anastrozole? I know some of the side effects are joint pain and insomnia which I am dealing with both.

Does anyone have any suggestions to help with these symptoms?

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@ JeanHughesMetcalf: I also continue to have some bone pain,which at times are worse than others, plus stiffness in joints- hands and fingers. It gets… read more

posted about 9 hours ago

I just found out my breast cancer has spread to my liver. Wondering how long people have been living with this diagnosis?

I was first diagnosed with stage IIb in June 2013 and was ER/Her2 positive. I did chemo, lumpectomy and radiation & thought I was cured. I had some pain under my arm where the lymph nodes were removed which the doctors dismissed because the pain wasn't constant. On my last checkup, they decided to send me for an ultrasound, which led to a mammogram & biopsy which was malignant. Then… read more

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Diagnosed stage 1 2011, same line up as you, chemo, lumpectomy, radiation, couple years ago had severe breathing problems ,was eventually diagnosed… read more

posted 2 days ago

Anyone who elected to stay flat, did you get nipple tattoos?? Are you happy you did it??

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I did not have reconstruction and can't see the purpose of nipple tattoos, especially on a flat chest. I love wearing sheer tops with nothing underneath… read more

posted 3 days ago

Going through treatment and having young children

For those of you who have young children, did you notice a change in their behaviours since your diagnosis? If so, how did you address them?


posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Im a single mom. I HV two different age groups of kids. Three in their twenties one 18 one 15. The older ones at first acted like i didn't HV it. In… read more

posted 1 day ago
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