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 Asked: 9/11/2010 Hi. My mom had breast cancer in her low 40''s, and died by age 50.
 Asked: 9/5/2010 Hello Lillie, I am the first person in my family on either side to have breast cancer.
 Asked: 9/2/2010 Hi there. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-thirties and died in her mid-forties.
 Asked: 8/26/2010 I''ve been cancer-free for 7-1/2 years, but am still afraid that it will reoccur.
 Asked: 8/26/2010 Hello,On June 12th I had a dbl mast with reconstruction for dcis in one breast.
 Asked: 8/9/2010 My sister has breast cancer, I am a 46 year old woman and I am concern about myself.
 Asked: 8/6/2010 i was diagnosed at 39, er/pr - ,her 2+++, brca 1 and 2 -, stage one, node neg., angiolymphatic inv.
 Asked: 8/6/2010 Hi, My mother died after her sarcoma of the breast connective tissue metastasized into her brain.
 Asked: 7/21/2010 My maternal aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49 (and died at 51)and a maternal second cousin (my mothers cousin) was also diagnosed...
 Asked: 7/14/2010 i have passed the 5 year mark, for having Breast Cancer, but was told that the reccurance marker is 10 years, not five.
 Asked: 6/29/2010 Do most health insurance companies cover any/all of the cost of genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2? Then, if a person tests positive, does insurance...
 Asked: 6/28/2010 himy father had a prodtate cancer and my mother had melanoma.
 Asked: 6/23/2010 Started with a new oncologist today. Dxed with bc, thought to be dcis, in 2002.
 Asked: 6/12/2010 I am 57, Ashkenazi Jewish, obese and have had and breast-fed three children.
 Asked: 6/4/2010 hi. I have tested positive for BRACA1 after being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 12/09 at 48 years old.
 Asked: 6/1/2010 Hi: I am 52, diagnosed at 49 (post menopausal) with stage 2 grade 3 node negative ER positive (1+) PR neg Her2neu neg BC.
 Asked: 5/24/2010 Hi - My maternal aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 70''s, and is now, thankfully, doing well.
 Asked: 5/18/2010 I have a friend who is 50 yrs old and is Brac 1 positive.
 Asked: 5/7/2010 Hi Lillie. I have a family history of breast/ovarian cancer.
 Asked: 5/7/2010 Recent breast exam {Mammography} states I need further evaluation with additional views and ultra sound of the breast.
 Asked: 4/28/2010 With a family history of breast Cancer which HRT is better, BCP''s or HRT such as Combipatch? I understand the Birth Control pills are better...
 Asked: 4/21/2010 My mother was diagnosed with stage 1 lobular cancer 6 years ago at age 47.
 Asked: 4/21/2010 I was diagnosed with ILC T2N0M0 in Feb.2010.
 Asked: 4/20/2010 At age 46 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, er-pr-, her neu2+++.
 Asked: 4/15/2010 I have just passed the 5 yaar mark as a survivor of Er/Pr negative and node negative breast cancer.
 Asked: 4/15/2010 My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 52.
 Asked: 4/8/2010 My Mom & 3 aunts have had breast cancer, another aunt had colon cancer, my grandma died of ovarian cancer, (all on my mother''s side).
 Asked: 4/1/2010 Diagnosed with DCIS, 1.5cm er+, BRCA negative, MRI showed just the one area.
 Asked: 3/28/2010 My Mom is having the genetic testin done, we are waiting on the results.
 Asked: 3/22/2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 while breastfeeding.
 Asked: 3/18/2010 Hi,I had three pateral aunts with breast cancer, 1 died and my paternal grandfather had colon cancer.
 Asked: 3/9/2010 Hi again Lillie-I took your advice about talking to a genetics counselor.
 Asked: 3/7/2010 Dear Lillie-I have gotten so much help from you! Here goes another question...1 yr ago I had bilat mast for stage 2b (1 2.5 mm...
 Asked: 3/6/2010 Ultrasound finding of complex-appearing multiple cystic foci in right breast up to 2 cm and almost into the chest wall...mammogram -nodular densities.
 Asked: 3/3/2010 Are there specific types that are inherited? My mother had DCIS and Pagets.
 Asked: 3/2/2010 I was diagnosed stage I w/Invasive ductal, dcis, lobinsutu in 2005 at 44 yrs (it can be seen 2 years prior so i was actually 42 yrs).
 Asked: 3/2/2010 I am 53 now, 13 years ago at age 40 had L.
 Asked: 3/1/2010 Hi...My mother had breast cancer at age 72 (estrogen related - HRT).
 Asked: 3/1/2010 Lillie, I know that having had breast cancer increases your risk for other types of cancer, and you have addressed this question before.
 Asked: 2/28/2010 I am 54 years old with 7 sisters ranging in age from 51 to 66.
 Asked: 2/26/2010 Is it true that most BRCA2 breast cancers are HER2 negative? Many thanks.
 Asked: 2/15/2010 Hello-I tested positive for brac2...after breast ca diagnosis last year.
 Asked: 12/13/2009 My mom was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer at 51 and died at 53.
 Asked: 12/5/2009 Hello Lillie! I''m back! About 3 weeks ago I wrote saying that an initial mammography & ultrasound showed a small area of calcifications & a...
 Asked: 11/15/2009 My mother has breast cancer, her mother had breast cancer in both breasts and her mother (my great grandmother) had breast cancer, all were post...
 Asked: 11/7/2009 I had 2mm of atypical ductal hyperplasia with 1mm of DCIS found 3 years ago.
 Asked: 11/7/2009 I have a family history of both breast and ovarian cancer but I was tested for BRCA and was negative.
 Asked: 10/18/2009 Hi, I had a right mastectomy 9/2/09 due to extensive DCIS grades 2 and 3 with comedo necrosis.
 Asked: 10/17/2009 I was diagnosed 5 years ago with breast cancer.
 Asked: 8/30/2009 Hello, question about brca mutations- does the finding of brca2 mutation in a breast cancer patient change the clinical picture/prognosis at all? Just found out...
 Asked: 8/3/2009 dearest lillie my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 60,her cancer was hormone receptors neg, when should i (i m 37...
 Asked: 7/27/2009 Hi Lillie! I am 40 yrs old, my mother was BRCA2 had proph.
 Asked: 7/12/2009 I have asked you about my family history before, have another question...My mother was diagnosed with er/pr pos breast ca about 20 years ago at age 72.
 Asked: 6/1/2009 Hello, Thank you for taking my question.
 Asked: 5/10/2009 Here I go again-so many questions...Diagnosed with highly er pr + stage II breast ca in Feb.
 Asked: 4/26/2009 Hi, my maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer at 86 , my maternal aunt died of breast cancer at 42, another maternal aunt was just...
 Asked: 4/26/2009 First, let me say that your books are fantastic, especially the one about your personal mishaps.
 Asked: 4/12/2009 i had a breast aspirated last year.
 Asked: 2/8/2009 My mom died of bladder cancer 9 years ago.
 Asked: 2/1/2009 I have had breast cancer 2x. They were both primary cancers.
 Asked: 1/31/2009 i went for an MRI of the breast, ultra sound,manmo.
 Asked: 1/25/2009 Lillie, I just received the results of my BRAC1 & 2 tests.
 Asked: 1/12/2009 Can you tell me the recurrence rate for someone with a low grade lobular cancer, estrogen positive, who had a lumpectomy and radiation, tamoxifen and...
 Asked: 1/12/2009 I was diagnosed with a 6 mm low grade invasive lobular carcinoma in 2002.
 Asked: 1/4/2009 I am 53 years old with 7 sisters ranging in age from 50 to 65.
 Asked: 1/4/2009 Hi, I posted a question on 12/13 but had another.
 Asked: 12/28/2008 I am a 1 year breast cancer survivor and I have had genetic testing.
 Asked: 10/26/2008 My little sister died last month from breast cancer.
 Asked: 10/25/2008 I am 44, no cancer history, nor my 43 yr old sister.
 Asked: 10/20/2008 I was diagnosed & treated for breast cancer in 2005 at age 51.
 Asked: 10/19/2008 Hi Lillie- A friend told me that you spoke at her nursing school graduation and she was moved.
 Asked: 10/19/2008 Hi Lillie I am 34 and having breast issues.
 Asked: 10/18/2008 Thank you first of all for all you do! I''m planning prophylactic mastectomies with DIEP reconstruction due to high lifetime risk and several atypical lobular...
 Asked: 10/6/2008 I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
 Asked: 9/27/2008 HI. I am questioning whether you think it would be prudent to be tested for the Braca gene.
 Asked: 9/13/2008 Hallo Lillie, thank you very much for your answer from 9/7/2008.
 Asked: 9/7/2008 I am an almost 2 yr IDC survivor.
 Asked: 9/7/2008 Hallo Lillie, there is no history of cancer in my maternal family.
 Asked: 8/26/2008 No b/c on mothers side. On father''s side his mother and her sister did not have b/c, but their mother had very late age b/c.
 Asked: 8/22/2008 Hi, and Thank you for this wonderful website! It has given me such great information.
 Asked: 7/26/2008 Thanks in advance for your assistance. I am 53 and am of Ashkenazi Jewish decent.
 Asked: 6/15/2008 Hello... Just would like your opinion on my risk.
 Asked: 3/31/2008 I have had lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy Jan 2008, results were 1.7 cm grade 3 tumour with 0.9 cm micromestastasis on 1 sentinal node-...
 Asked: 3/29/2008 Hi Lillie, Thank you for answering so many questions.
 Asked: 3/29/2008 I recently tested postive for the BRAC 2 mutation.
 Asked: 3/24/2008 I read in a prior post where you suggest that one might pay out of pocket in order to avoid insurance discrimination.
 Asked: 3/24/2008 My mother was diagnosed at age 59 with IBC.
 Asked: 3/16/2008 My sister has been diagnosed with carcinosarcoma of the breast.
 Asked: 2/17/2008 My sister passed away in June of 2007 of breast cancer.
 Asked: 2/16/2008 My mother had breast cancer at 39 and then again at 60 (now 62).
 Asked: 1/19/2008 I got breast cancer in 198o when I was 40 I had my lymph nodes taken out even tho I only had one lymph node involved .
 Asked: 12/7/2007 I was diagnosed in 2/92 at age 37 with invasive ductal breast cancer (Stage II, 7 positive lymph nodes, ER and PR -, Grade III,...
 Asked: 11/28/2007 I have what I consider to be a strong family hx of BC.
 Asked: 11/18/2007 My great grandmother died of breast cancer, 4 out of 5 of her daughters (including my grandmother) have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and 2...
 Asked: 11/12/2007 Hi When determining my risk for breast cancer - although my mother is the only one who had breast cancer - does the fact that...
 Asked: 11/11/2007 Hi i was diagonosed with dcis in 2006 and I just recently found out that a cousin on my fathers side has passed with breast cancer.
 Asked: 11/4/2007 I was dx at 43 with breast cancer.
 Asked: 11/4/2007 Hi Lillie. My concern is for my daughter and I and how significant my family history may be.
 Asked: 10/29/2007 I am 60. I had breast cancer, diagnosed at age 54, post-menopausal.

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