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    SMeridith asked a questionBreast Cancer

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      AlizaMLS

      Dear SMeridith,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and also the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. As such I offer advice (usually non medical [Librarians tend to shy away from offering med advice as it's against our code of ethics and it also tends to be a bit illegal {it's considered to be practicing medicine sans license}]. So, while I can't do that, I can do plenty of other things like offer referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions, agencies, etc. and research when required/requested.

      I read your question and tale of woe-I'm so sorry you're in such pain. While I certainly (for a variety of reasons) cannot offer you an opinion, you mention something that did catch my eye (Librarians look at questions in a different way than other people), and that was that you phoned your "breast surgeon", I believe in this instance the person you probably might have wished to call should have been your plastic surgeon, as she/he put in the implants. If there's damage to the implants he/she needs to know about it, especially if they are silicone implants, so a call to her/him as soon as possible may be a good idea (not to frighten you). Some of the other things that people mentioned to you may be true as well, however until the plastic surgeon rules out a torn implant, which is important you're really in the dark. This is a referral, not medical advice!

      I hope that you are in less pain, but your plastic surgeon may also be able to advise you on this as well.

      Wishing you better days ahead.

      If you feel that I can assist you further, feel free to contact me on the site, or email me offsite.

      Warmest Wishes,
      AlizaMLS

      over 4 years ago
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      Ladykarla

      My doctor told me that soft tissue damage can sometimes be worse than a break. It will be awhile. Are you sleeping at night? If so, that is a good sign. I agree, give it more time. In the meantime, I would call your plastic surgeon's nurse and get advice from her. These nurses can be of wonderful help. Keep me posted!

      over 4 years ago
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      My wife was just diagnosed with IDC and had a mastectomy almost 2 weeks ago she is stage 3. My question is, she is very short of breath when walking is this normal after surgery? She sees her cancer doctor next week to begin chemo.

      over 4 years ago
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    I, too, have HER2, Stage 1A cancer. I had a double mastectomy a year ago and then 6 big TCH chemo treatments and have continued to have Herceptin every three weeks....the treatements were to have been until the end of November, but I developed some heart problems due to the Herceptin and some underlying heart issues I already had. They have suspended the treatments until we get the heart issue under control. It is very scary to not be able to complete the treatments on time, but it is what it is. The chemo was very tough on me, but not unbearable....I did not have much nausea because of all the anti nausea meds they gave me. Energy was a big problem and food tasted terrible. I had to eat to keep from being nauseated but it was hard. I did lose my hair (it is growing back now) as well as my eye lashes and most of my eye brows. It is a difficult journey, but one you can certainly get through. Let me know if you have questions. Everyone is so diffierent, so it is hard to know what the journey will be for you. Hang in there, and you will get through it.

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    I was diagnosed with HER2 Breast Cancer about a year ago. I had 6 BIG chemo treatments and am still taking Herceptin chemo every three weeks. I would be interested in information from anyone who has gone through treatment for this type of cancer. Mine was a Stage I and no lymph nodes involved. Chemo was very tough for me and I still can't seem to get my energy level back.

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      about 5 years ago
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