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    RMR asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Overwhelming Anxiety

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      SandiD

      Aw, it happens. We all tend to worry about recurrence. Remember most of us never have a recurrence! If you do, you treat it & fight again. You don't give up! But, if anxiety really bothers you, please get help for that. No need to ruin today worrying about tomorrow. There is no shame in asking for help for anxiety. You deserve all the care you require. I pray everything turns out well. You are stronger than you know or ever wanted to be. We all are!

      about 4 years ago
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      Hi, RMR. I recall having a tiny bit of blood in my urine about 20 years ago and it turned out to be nothing. The wonderful folks on this site have just about said it all in answer to your post. I especially like SandiD's response. I just wanted to add my best wishes. I completely understand your anxiety. Hang in there, RMR. I remember asking a counselor years ago "What if XYZ happens?" She replied, "What if it doesn't?" Hugs to you.

      about 4 years ago
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      I'm almost in on 3 year survivor. From time to time you will have "pimples". Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not. As survivors we need to have everything checked out… including the possibility of cancer. But my feeling is I'm not going to assume I have an issue until someone tells me so. We have to live our lives.

      Here is my not so famous seat belt speech: We drive in our cars, many of daily. We don't assume we are going to get into a car accident. We do put on our seat belt just in case but don't really think much of it when we are driving. We do our best to drive safely. Cancer is the same way. You do what you can to prevent it from coming back by living an healthy lifestyle and taking what ever meds or precautions your doctors have recommended. Like any other person, even those that never had cancer, when something is not functioning properly we see our doctors to get it checked out.

      So while you wait for results assume the best, have fun and go live your life. That's what surviving is all about! And if you need a some help dealing with the psychological part don't be afraid to ask for it. ♥

      about 4 years ago
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    RMR asked a questionBreast Cancer

    MammaPrint

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      I think it was ordered between oncologist visits (labs are done at each one). My understanding (from googling it) is that it could be done from the frozen cells taken at the original biopsy from time of mastectomy.

      about 4 years ago
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      LisaD@StF

      RMR our facility at this time only uses the OncoDx testing and this is always done prior to chemotherapy being performed. I suspect that from facility to facility you may find differences. Unfortunately as none of my MD's that I work with currently order this particular test I am not aware of the exact way it is used or timing for it's use. I recommend a great site for reading more on the test. http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/mammaprint. I would definitely discuss this with your oncologist in order to understand his/or her's reasoning for ordering the test and for the timing of when it was done. I hope this helps you some.

      about 4 years ago
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      Thanks everyone for the answers you have shared. Of course I am still confused. Just to clarify, I had oncotypec dx done when originally diagnosed and deciding on treatment plans. It was in the intermediate range and I chose to throw everything I can at my cancer do I had four rounds of TC. I am wondering if the mammaPrint is being used to determine the benefits of continuing with hormonal therapy (I am on Tamoxifen)?? I guess I will have to wait for my April oncologist appointment.

      about 4 years ago