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Breast Cancer And What It Means For A Woman

Jenn Misoulish

Jenn finished med school at the College of Medical Sciences Center and residency at Exempa Holy Joseph Clinic (presently SCL Wellbeing) in Sydney. Dr. Misoulish has now been cheerfully performing family prescription for more than 15 years.
Jenn Misoulish

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When you hear about cancer these days it is hard to really know what any one kind of cancer is. It has become such a generic term for something that affects almost every part of the body differently. I want to discuss one type in particular in this article today to hopefully give you some insight into a form of cancer that affect one in every 8 women at some point in their life. I am talking about breast cancer today, how it forms and what it does to the body. Breast cancer itself is a type of cancer that…as you can imagine is going to start in your breast.

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Cancerous cells

When someone “gets” cancer this just means that there are cells within that certain part of the body that is starting to grow at a rapid and our of control rate. This is why you will see large masses in x-rays that are called tumors so if you feel a “lump” in your breast it is always good to get it checked out even if just for safety’s sake. The good news is that just because you have a lump on your breast does not mean that you have cancer of the breast. In fact, most lumps that are reported and have an x-ray used on them end up being malignant (non-cancerous). These will never spread outside of the breast, which is good, but it is important to note that even malignant tumors can increase your risk of getting breast cancer in the future.

Where it begins

Breast cancer itself does not always start in the same place for everyone, which is why it is so important to search the entire breast when checking yourself for lumps. You can either have cancer of the ducts, this is where the milk in the breast is carried out through the nipple and is the most common form of breast cancer. There is also a cancer that will attack the actual glands that make breast milk themselves which is known as lobular cancer. Less common cancers include sarcomas, lymphomas, angiosarcomas, and phyllodes tumors. if you develop any one of these your doctors will be able to diagnose you in order to better come up with a plan of action that fits best.

Diagnosis

Regardless of which type of cancer you have, it cannot be determined which type it actually is until you have a biopsy done on the cells and they are their estrogen receptors are tested along with the progesterone receptors and HER2. These proteins and the tumor grade will be able to determine what you have and what kind of treatment options can be offered to you. Ideally you want to get this biopsied and tested as soon as possible to avoid being in a situation where the cancer cells begin to get into either your blood or your lymph nodes as this will cause the cancer to spread.

Cancer care team

If the worst happens, and you are told that you do have some form of cancer it is important to remember that you have options. You will be in touch with a cancer care team that will speak with you and they will make sure that you receive the best treatment options that you can based on your personal situation. The last thing you want to do is fight a battle like this alone, so make sure you are taking the time to speak with your friends, family, and doctors as often as you can in order to try and keep your spirits up. The power of being positive can sometimes be the guiding answer we need when we face times of darkness like this.

Types of specialists

Based on whatever type of breast cancer you do have at this point will then ultimately determine not only what type of treatment and team you will have for your situation. The kind of doctor also depends too, you may have a breast surgeon who specializes in treating breast cancer. A radiologist can determined if you need Generic Nolvadex to be treated. A medical oncologist who will use both chemotherapy AND medication to try and best treat the cancer. Or you might have a plastic surgeon who can help you reconstruct those parts of the body that may be altered. So talk to your doctor today if you feel like you might be at risk.

 

9 Comments

  1. Felix Anderson

    I got the biggest surprise of my life when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought it would mean an early grave for me but thanks to modern medicine the lymph nodes were saved before they were consumed by the cancerous cells.

  2. Zachary Marshall

    My mom has beat breast cancer twice. It happened when I was a
    young boy, I’d say I was in the fifth or sixth grade. My parents never told me or my siblings about it. They took secrete visits to the hospital and doctor. My siblings and I didn’t find out the whole story until years later. I remember being very surprised when I heard the stories about what they went through. When I asked them why they never told us, they both responded “we simply did not want you to worry”. Now my mom had made a full recovery we celebrate life regularly.

  3. Sonny Richards

    Wife found a lump in her breast while we were in Boston. She went to the dr. and was told there was told no cancer. She went to a dr. in Johnson City, TN. Breast cancer was found.

  4. Levi Butler

    Shortly before my wife had her five year cancer free anniversary, I felt a lump. Our hearts sank as the reality of what might follow set in. We went in and she was tested. We found out that the lump we had found was benign, however she had a tumor that showed up on a cat scan. We found out shortly after that her cancer had indeed returned. She had surgery followed by radiation treatment. Later this year, she will go through radiation treatments. We were blessed with an amazing oncologist, and am blessed that we caught it early. Get checked, as early detection is key!

  5. Mitchell Hill

    When I was 14 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, by the time they finally found out what was wrong, it had spread. Within six months she was gone. Throughout the whole ordeal, she was so strong and she knew when she was going because our last talk was her telling me how proud she was of me, how much she loved me, and how she will always be there for me. The crazy thing is that this was 2 months before she died, but I ended up getting sick and almost dying from Crohn’s Disease around the same time and was in the hospital for over a month and was only allowed out of the hospital to go to her funeral which was in West Virginia where she lived and I am from Maryland. At the time she was sick, we were visiting her every single weekend and what blows my mind is that we had that conversation like it would be our last though I didn’t know it would be, but it seemed like she knew. Unfortunately, 9 years later, my mother ended up dying from pancreatic cancer that ended up spreading everywhere and all of this is making me worried about my future because they were both so young.

  6. Luke Ryan

    Breast Cancer seems to be hereditary in my family blood line. My godmother aunt beat died of it years ago. And 4 other women in my family have struggled with breast cancer. However those 4 women are still alive to this day. Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple, and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast. Treatment depends on the stage of cancer. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

  7. Charlie Harris

    My mother had a tumor in her breast that was discovered during a routine doctor’s appointment around two years ago. She had a biopsy done and then they removed it without further damage to the surrounding tissues. She was lucky that it was discovered early, and it was a huge relief to her and our family.

  8. Jett Kane

    My friend had breast cancer that was diagnosed as a surprise when she went in to the doctor. It was an emergency to be operated on but she had not helath insurance. She had to do tons of paperwork before she could get a doctor and hospital to do her surgery. It took several weeks to complete the paperwork-this shows the thing that is wrong with our health system. Anyway, she finally had a choice of two hospitals to do the double mastectomy, and one hospital was dragging its feet on getting her admitted. She finally took the lesser of the hospitals and the messed up the surgery. She got an infection and later died after surgery and getting the infection. This is a definite point that is made that our insurance policies are wrong and patiesnts with serious conditions such as breast cancer suffer and sometimes pass away.

  9. Benjamin Davis

    My wife noticed she was getting tired more and more. She thought it was a respiratory problem. It was, but it was also breast cancer. He test results always threw the doctors off as they did not align with what they expected from her symptoms. One of her issues was Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonian,aka BOOP. She asked a lot of questions and got involved in support groups, including on line discussion groups.

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