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Fear of Recurrence

One of the challenges of being a breast cancer survivor is the fear of recurrence. It’s a strange fear for me at this point, more than four years out from the end of my treatment. I don’t look like a cancer survivor anymore, and most days I don’t feel like one. Most of my coworkers don’t even know I have been through cancer, and I would think that it would surprise them, given that I am just 33 years old. My breast cancer is no longer a regular topic of conversation among my family and friends. It just seems further …

 

When You Get That Call…

I hope you will never get “that” call…the one telling you that your mammogram shows something suspicious for breast cancer. But if you do, here are some steps you can take to make the going a little easier from someone who got”that”call twice.
This call is most likely to come from one of two sources or both; the doctor who referred you for your mammogram or the center where you had your mammogram.
The first time around for me, twelve+ years ago, it was my GYN practitioner making the call. Stunned, I was not able to ask more than what do I …

 

Needle or Surgical Breast Biopsies

I  read the following article about breast biopsies, written by Denise Grady, in  Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s (BCBSA) newsletter in February 18, 2011. I was especially interested, as I had both procedures following abnormal mammograms on a few occasions.  The needle biopsies, when conclusive, saved me surgery. Unfortunately, they were not always conclusive and I required surgical biopsies to confirm that I was breast-cancer free.
Article: Breast Research Urges Needle, Not Surgical, Biopsies.
Too many women with abnormal mammograms or other breast problems are undergoing surgical biopsies when they should be having needle biopsies, which are safer, less invasive and cheaper, researchers …