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    hallothere asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Any Help out there when you run out of your sick leave ? How people continue to pay there bills when diagnoset with disease?

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      KFH

      I would also recommend a resource for those with breast cancer diagnosis to check with your local Susan G. Komen affiliate. They fund programs that are specifically meant to help people in your situation. There are 2 affiliate in SC - you can find contact info and links to them at http://ww5.komen.org/Affiliates.aspx. Wishing all the best as you deal with the challenges and your upcoming surgery. You WILL get through this. Best, Karen

      about 4 years ago
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      Chrissy

      I was told by my employers if I didn't come back to work in October of 2012 that I would be giving up my position at work. My sick leave and FMLA were all used up. Couldn't return to work because I was just released from the hospital due to complications from Taxotere infusion. I applied for SSI disability by myself online with help from my doctor and patient advocate at my cancer care center and received my first payment first week of Dec. It is not quite as much as I would have earned when I was employed but it helps pay the bills and it's one less worry for me and my family. Ask your oncologist where to start. I was also told they tend to push cancer patients' cases through rather quickly. I live in Indiana. Good luck and please don't stress, there is help out there!

      about 4 years ago
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      AlizaMLS

      Dear hallothere,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and Medical Librarian (retired) who offers advice (non-medical), referrals and research to folks on this site and elsewhere.

      I know the European system very well because, well, let's say, the brother of a close friend worked for a News agency that has branches all over the world, worked here in the States (he's American), was sent to Belgium where he stayed for years and loved it, and was eventually sent back to the states. In Brussels he had 60 days of paid vacation. In Ca., he had barely 3 weeks. He opted to go back to Brussels even though he had a new granddaughter and his wife preferred to stay here (they visited each other frequently). Draw whatever conclusions you like...;)

      Re your situation, there's the option of FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) **depending on the size of your company. If your co. has 100 or more employees they must (underline must) offer you this option, which means 12 weeks of unpaid leave in order to attend to your own serious medical issues or that of a close relative (it does not have to be a person with whom you live [can be your mom, dad, etc.). If you belong to a Union, your Union may offer disability while you are on FMLA (it will not be a large stipend, but you will have to contact them to advise them of when you're taking FMLA).

      If your company has less than 100 employees they are not obligated to offer you FMLA at all. The reason for this is that this is regarded as a small company and you then are viewed as an essential employee. Viewed as such, they cannot afford to keep your position (or qn equivalent one) available for you through FMLA. This is the way things work here. You're right as was my friend's brother in many respects. I'm fairly well informed about FMLA because I know one of the writers personally (he's one of the last polio victims and retired from a state government job in California).

      I don't know if this helps you much except that it offers an explanation of FMLA and how it works. I think some of the other folks on the site have offered you excellent advice re options for you and I advise you to look into them further.

      If you have any questions for me or anything I can research for you, I'm happy to do so. Please message me or email me offsite.

      Wishing you the best outcome,
      AlizaMLS

      almost 4 years ago
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    hallothere asked a questionBreast Cancer

    My oncologist gives me the choice of chemo or radiation and hormone therapy or all ?

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      gwendolyn

      I don't understand how your onc expects you to make this decision. Did he make a recommendation? Did he give you relevant stats for people who have cancer with similar attributes? I would not be comfortable being handed this choice. Personally, I would ask for more guidance, if not from this doctor, then another one.

      about 4 years ago
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      karen1956

      I would recommend a 2nd opinion.....
      I can't help with the oncotype test as it was not used for me as I had many positive nodes....

      about 4 years ago
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      Nancebeth

      I had mixed tumor ER+, PR+, HER2-, left breast only. Had bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. My Oncotype score was 24. Chemo recommended by both oncologists I spoke with and also breast surgeon. I had 6 sessions of CMF. I worked the whole time I was chemo. I did not need radiation. However, I couldn't handle the side effects of the Tamoxifen so I stopped it after 2 months.

      about 4 years ago
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    hallothere asked a questionBreast Cancer

    The radiologist , said , i had carcinoma , right before Christmas , the path came back cancerous , never seen the path report,send to surg.

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      Marshah

      Some breast cancers do not show up in mammography. My sister found a lump in her breast and when for a mammography. They marked the spot with a patch but nothing showed up. They tried it again and still nothing. They did surgery-(mastectomy) and it was cancer. While mammography is very reliable it is not foolproof. Regular breast exams by profressionals and monthly self breast exams are very inportant.

      about 4 years ago
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      nonnie917

      I think it all depends on the facility you go to and who reads the film. My radiologist missed a cancerous spot at the 5:30 position in my breast and the other two positive spots were at 1 and 2 o'clock. I had an MRI and they found cancer clusters in the left breast. Had to have a double mastectomy. ALWAYS DEMAND a copy of your report. If you don't get it in 3 days you go in or you call every hour until you get an answer. I recently had to do that with an endoscopy report that I never got a call on or a letter. After 10 I started calling them every hour until I got an answer. Thank God it wasn't cancer. We have to take our health care into our own hands no matter what these doctors say. We are paying them, they are not paying us.

      about 4 years ago
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      Grandy

      Same thing here... Clear mammogram yearly... Nov. there is a 5cm tumor, in at least a couple of lymph nodes, and BC in my liver!!! But I do have dense breasts!!! It's unfair isn't it?

      about 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): still confused , felling like I was misdiagnosed , everything happened so fast , or mayby its all denial ,