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recurrent breast cancer in same place as first time

tuffgirl
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looking for info from anyone who has had a recurrence of breast cancer in same place or have had a scare and did not turn out to be cancer. They are not sure about me yet as to whether it is breast cancer again or something with scar tissue. Either way I am scared and panicky

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susie09
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I haven't had this happen tuffgirl, and, I am so sorry that you are having to go thru this again. I pray that it is NOT cancer, and, that it will be scar tissue. Please keep us updated.

Praying for you,

Susie

Lynn Smith
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I had the pain of not knowing.It was just when they were prepping me for my lumpectomy they found a new lump.I was upset. My doctor put off getting the needle biopsy done by the Breast Center.After the needle biopsy they knew they were removing a malignant one but now a new one.The operation was a success with the malignant being very very tiny and the new tumor benign.

Then a second surgery was scheduled 2 weeks later to check for margins. Then 2 days before that surgery I felt a swelling.Since surgery was done 2 weeks prior I thought it was fluid.I saw the doctor just before being wheeled in surgery and told him about the new place.He said We'll see when we get in.Another benign tumor.

I remember 44 years ago my doctor found 2 tumors. I was only 20 years old.I thought one is OK but to have 2 meant I had cancer and it had spread.They were benign .That was a long time ago. I have long history of benign tumors and a family history of breast cancer. The breast cancer hit me almost 2 years ago.

I wish you the best and hopefully the other tumor or tumors are benign.The odds are for you since 80% of the tumors are benign.

Lynn Smith

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DianeBC
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I'm very sorry. Sending positive thoughts, hugs and prayers!

Hugs, Diane

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Different Ballgame
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Dear Tuffgirl:

First cancer was 0 Stage DCIS. Two surgical biopsies kept stating margins were not clear. Decided to be extremely aggressive and opted for contralateral mastectomy. Outcome no cancer. Lymph nodes clear. No chemo. No radiation. No Arimidex. I was home free! (Age: 65)

Recurrence happened 3 years later on scar of breast that had the DCIS. This cancer was invasive carcinoma. Doctor said that it was from the first cancer. MRI, Bone Scan, and CT Scan showed no further cancer in body. Outcome was 31 radiation sessions. Arimixdex. Then Anastrozole. Now on Femara (first day today for Femara). (AgeL 68)

Now 70 years and I plan on living into my 90's. The point is that I am doing fine!!!!! Good luck to you and keep us posted as to what is happening.

Lots of Hugs,
Janelle

Lynn Smith
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Sounds like my dx.Stage 0 DCIS.Margins clear after second surgery and another benign tumor was found.No chemo and radiation but taking tamox.I think you are the first one I've met that also wasn't given chemo or radiation and was DCIS Stage 0.Most at least get radiation.

I am 64.I think all the time I will be living till I'm in my 90's.I have 3 aunts that are. We have to think positive even though some days we don't feel that way.

Lynn Smith

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DebbyM
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Good luck to you and I will be praying for benign.

Hugs, Debby

disneyfan2008
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90s here you come...way to go

BioAdoptMom
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I am so sorry you are dealing with another scare! I am praying that this indeed is just scar tissue or something else totally harmless and benign! Please keep us updated and know that we are here for you if you need to vent!

Nancy

roseann4
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Had a recurrence in the same breast 2 years aver the first one was removed. That was 17 years ago! She is doing great and turned 60 last year.

Roseann

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jnl
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Praying that it is anything other than cancer. Keep us posted.

Hugs, Leeza

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I'm sending positive thoughts for peace and calm. Remember to keep breathing through this and to come back and let us know.

Hugs,

Linda

disneyfan2008
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BUT I was wondering IF I DO on the same side...what do they do..I was told once radiation you can have it on same area of body! What can be done if not radiation again!!!?

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Ritzy
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Praying to hear good news from you.

Sue :)

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DianeBC
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I believe you can have rads on the same place.

24242
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I have found every lump because there has been pain in the area. That includes cancerous lumps 14 years ago. I didn't seem to look unless I had a pain and then probed the area. I always tell people now not to check them selves before a holiday or on the holiday because it can be a long two weeks if you actually find something. Finding my first lump ruined my planned vacation and turned out to be the longest days of my life. I had been ill for a lengthy period of time yet doctors told me I was good could find nothing and now I was finding a lump in breast. It was still 7 months before I could get anyone to take my ill health seriously and actually do some diagnositic tests. It was hard for the doctors to even believe I had it since it really never met any of the standard criteria for a cancer. The lump as it turned out was nothing like normal tumors and very agressive at the age of 36.
All to date since being treated for my breast cancer I have found 7 lumps and still don't know what a couple are now but don't worry they tell me... So I am moving on and living the life I have and trying not to get sucked back into it all, how easily that can happen at least for me just because of all the fear that can surface.
Funny I never thought in a million years that doctors would still be saying not cancerous but do not know what it is. Is that good enough I have to wonder.

Tara

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Angie2U
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Praying for you! Will be looking for an update.

Hugs, Angie

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CypressCynthia
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My youngest sister, Wendy, had this happen about 6 years ago. She had surgery again, radiation and has stayed on femara ever since. So far, so good!

P.S. She is the 3rd sister from the left and is doing great!

disneyfan2008
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I was told you can only do radiation ONCE to body part. what happnes if it comes back..anyonw know?

Denise

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Megan M
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Denise, I was told that you can have rads again in the same place.

landbc
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My Mom's breast cancer was 1st diagnosed in March of 2010--left upper outer quad, STG I, 1.1-cm. I forget the ER/PR/HER2/neu results but do remember that her OncoDX test results was at a very high risk for recurrence. She had a lumpectomy w/ lymph node dissection, XRT, & Famara.

Almost a year to the date, at the age of 72, her breast came back in the same exact place, only bigger--STG II, 2-cm, same ER/PR/HER2/neu as last year. So this time, she has a simple left mastectomy and just recently started chemo--Taxotere & Cytoxan.

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susie09
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I am so sorry landbc. Praying for your Mother.

HUGS!

landbc
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Mom is doing well with her chemo--1st it was Taxotere and Cytoxan. She got 4 of the 6 cycles of it before being switched to Herceptin. I understand that the Herceptin is necessary because of the HER2 being positive. Anywho, she tolerates the chemo treatments very well and her hair is coming back. Only complaints from her--the hair is coming back totally GRAY and the treatments take too long. Prayers that we make it to next summer with the Herceptin every 3 weeks. Not sure if the remaining 2 cycles of Taxotere and Cytoxan will be added in later or not.

Thanks again!!

disneyfan2008
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I'll check back in few days ...

Denise

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linpsu
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My story is very similar to Janelle's. I had DCIS Stage 0 in 2008 - lumpectomy without clear margins then mastectomy (one side) - no lymph nodes involved. No chemo or radiation. It recurred exactly 2 years later at same spot under mastectomy/reconstruction scar. Two doctors assumed (as did I) that it was scar tissue, but turned out to be invasive, aggressive, Stage 3, triple negative cancer. Had chemo - 4 A/C, 4 Taxol, dose-dense, then another mastectomy? removal of implant and more tissue and 14 lymph nodes - 1 positve. Then 32 radiation treatments. I can't take Tamoxifin or anything else, being triple negative. I am doing well and feeling great.
Let us know what you find, hugs, Linda

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