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 Asked: 8/24/2011 My wife had breast cancer. One breast was removed and a lump taken from the other.
 Asked: 8/19/2011 I had surgery for breast cancer and now have my pathology report.
 Asked: 7/25/2011 I couldn''t find an appropriate category for this question, so I put it here.
 Asked: 7/22/2011 I had the double mastectomy for the 0.7cm tumor,stage 1,grade 1,estrogen positive,onco score 6 BC in the left breast in November 2009.I am on...
 Asked: 7/14/2011 My daughter has been diagnosed with estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer.
 Asked: 7/13/2011 Hi, can you please tell me how a breast cancer oncologist or surgeon determines if a recurring breast cancer is localized? Thank you.
 Asked: 7/5/2011 Is it true that having a biopsy of the breast can cause seeding of cancer cells should it indeed be a cancer.
 Asked: 7/2/2011 I had breast cancer/ masectomy 14 years ago.
 Asked: 7/1/2011 Does anyone know what it means, cancer or not, when they take a biopsy with a needle an the fluids are a brown to blackish...
 Asked: 6/23/2011 I was diagnosed with BC in 2006.
 Asked: 6/22/2011 Can "Invasive Lobular Carcinoma" spread to other parts of the body?
 Asked: 6/20/2011 I have read that breast cancer that require tamoxifin as a treatment occurs in families that have other kinds of cancer e.g.
 Asked: 6/20/2011 Upon having discovered a breast tumor and had it treated, would another tumor in a different location or the same location in the breast be...
 Asked: 6/20/2011 I read at this site that it takes 5 years for a breast tumor to grow 10 mm If I was diagnosed last Nov 2011 with...
 Asked: 6/18/2011 what does the grades l,2 or 3 mean in breast cancer?
 Asked: 6/16/2011 Wasnt sure which heading to put this question under so here it is.
 Asked: 5/27/2011 Would having sex daily increase the risk of recurrence? How about dieting (eating less to lose weight)?
 Asked: 4/29/2011 What is the appropriate term when a person has been successfully treated in one breast for cancer and two years later another cancer is detected...
 Asked: 4/22/2011 ER Postive Breast Cancer Stage 1, Double Mastecomy..
 Asked: 4/14/2011 what is adeno carcinoma?
 Asked: 4/10/2011 I am 16 months out from diagnosis of stage IIa trip negative.
 Asked: 4/7/2011 Since I was diagnosed I have avoided soy or products that contained soy but I heard yesterday that the American Association for Cancer research presented...
 Asked: 4/5/2011 I was diagnosed with stage IIIB inflammatory BC in Oct , right breast.
 Asked: 3/29/2011 DX 18mos ago at 39yrs old with stage 1 grade 1, 1cm er, pr+ her2- clear margins, NO Angio or LV invasion had dbl mast...
 Asked: 3/24/2011 Hello, My mother had breast cancer at 32, she is a survivor.
 Asked: 3/11/2011 What is the overall survival rate of breast cancer?
 Asked: 3/11/2011 I have heard about an Integral Treatment System named Immune System Stimulation or similar, for patients under chemotherapy or major surgery, etc I would very...
 Asked: 2/27/2011 What are some studies that have been done on linking body weight and childbearing to breast cancer?
 Asked: 2/25/2011 I was diagnosed with ILC, underwednt lumpectomy & SNB.
 Asked: 2/11/2011 I read where you said there was a slight uptick in recurrence rate at 6 years and then on another site it said this might...
 Asked: 2/8/2011 I am concerned about the comments made by my sister and others over the last three years about using plastic when cooking in the microwave...
 Asked: 1/27/2011 I think that I read somewhere that most breast cancers are Grade 3.
 Asked: 1/27/2011 Hi Lllie. I read your reply to a recent question where you stated that 10% of Stage 1 cancers will progress to Stage 4.
 Asked: 1/25/2011 I was under the impression that flaxseed was a good, natural substance to eat if a person has BC (ER+), so I have been recently...
 Asked: 1/24/2011 I have invasive breast cancer, stage 1, grade two, did not spread to nodes.
 Asked: 1/20/2011 Is there any statistics about stage 1 BC going to metastatic desease? Can it be predicted somehow?
 Asked: 1/19/2011 I recently heard That women should not drink out of water bottles that have been left sitting in a car because the heat reacts with...
 Asked: 1/18/2011 Hello Lillie-Diagnosed with stage 2 breast ca 2/09.
 Asked: 1/17/2011 Do you know if there is any link between Androgel and breast cancer? During the 10 years when my husband used Androgel daily on his...
 Asked: 1/7/2011 Happy New Year and Good Health to you, Lily.
 Asked: 1/7/2011 Can you please clarify if drinking water from plastic water bottles that have been either freezing cold or extremely hot from sitting in your car...
 Asked: 1/5/2011 Is chemo not effective on grade 1 breast cancer? Getting a lot of conflicting info..
 Asked: 1/5/2011 I was diagnosed with ILC via an ultra sound.
 Asked: 1/3/2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2009,but the pathology report said that I had the same spot on my mammogram the year before...
 Asked: 12/31/2010 I have read on a reputable website that Stage I breast cancer patients have an 88% chance of living 5 years after diagnosis.
 Asked: 12/23/2010 I read that you''ve said risk of recurrence greatly decreases after 5-6 years, even for hormone positive BCs.
 Asked: 12/5/2010 I asked a question on 12/5/10,from Tamera.
 Asked: 12/5/2010 Hi my name is Tamera, at the age of 44 I had a double mastectomy in September of 2008.In June of 2009 I had to undergo a full hysterectomy.
 Asked: 11/28/2010 Hi. I am from Sydney, Australia and would like to ask you a question about diet.
 Asked: 11/26/2010 Should I stop using petroleum jelly as a daily moisturizer on my hands? Does it contribute to breast cancer? It works so well in the...
 Asked: 11/25/2010 I just asked you a question but didn''t give you enough information.
 Asked: 11/24/2010 Lilli, I didn''t know if this is the correct category for me to submit my question.
 Asked: 11/15/2010 Do plastics used in microwave cooking cause cancer?
 Asked: 11/14/2010 July 2007 my daughter was diagnosed with Stage II HER2+ BC.
 Asked: 11/12/2010 Is there anything known about the long-term relapse pattern of her2+ and ER+ BC? I have read that her2+ basically stops to recur after 4-5...
 Asked: 11/4/2010 How much of an increased risk of melanoma is there for a breast cancer patient? I ask because my mother was one of 4 siblings, 3 have had melanoma.
 Asked: 11/4/2010 I see your answer to the last question.
 Asked: 11/3/2010 I hade stage 2 breast cancer in 2006 finished treatment may 2007.
 Asked: 10/31/2010 What is considered to be stage 3 breast cancer? I had a large tumor with three positive node (micromets).
 Asked: 10/31/2010 Does the risk of getting ER+ BC decrease after menapause since there is less estrogen in a woman''s system? I know our risk increases as...
 Asked: 10/28/2010 Hello, Very sorry to bother you. I read a newspaper article recently which suggested a between stress and cancer.
 Asked: 10/25/2010 What is the protocol in treating an 87 year old with a first time diagnosis of DCIS.
 Asked: 10/23/2010 I was diagnosed with triple negative in dec at the age of 46.
 Asked: 10/17/2010 Question 476 was answered by you on 10/16.
 Asked: 10/16/2010 If hormone positive breast cancer has a more positive prognosis, why is it that it has a slower, longer relapse time span ? This seems...
 Asked: 10/14/2010 Is it true that different kinds of breast cancer have got different relapse patterns? E.g.
 Asked: 10/11/2010 I appreciate this site and your thoughtful responses.
 Asked: 10/8/2010 Hello,I first wanted to tell you that I have read a lot of your answers and it is really great that you take the time...
 Asked: 10/8/2010 I will be a 5-year breast cancer survivor after I have my mammogram this month.
 Asked: 10/8/2010 I had a modified radical of the left breast in June, 1993, for Paget''s of the the breast.
 Asked: 10/2/2010 Should I be alert or perhaps get a second opinion after having a mammogram done then recieving radiology report as having a minimal breast parenchymal...
 Asked: 9/28/2010 This is probably a hard question to answer but I was wondering about general recurrence rates.
 Asked: 9/21/2010 My oncologist told me that because I had an estrogen positive breast cancer my chances of recurrence will not be drastically reduced after six years,...
 Asked: 9/20/2010 Surgeon/Radiologist thought I need chemo. Oncologist on the fence and ordered the Onctoype DX.
 Asked: 9/20/2010 What information can you give me about microwaving food? I am a breast cancer survivor & so is my best friend.
 Asked: 9/20/2010 Hi Lillie-I am wondering what the latest news on aspirin as prevention of breast ca mets is.
 Asked: 9/16/2010 Is having citrus fruits good or bad for cancer? Does cancer cells feed on them?
 Asked: 9/10/2010 Regarding the question about recurrences often occurring within the first two years, does that apply to slow-growing grade 1 breast cancers as well? I was...
 Asked: 9/10/2010 Hi Lillie. With reference to a previous answer posted that about 5% of stage 1 node negative IDC progresses to stage 1V 1.
 Asked: 9/9/2010 I am 46 years old and finished chemo in May.
 Asked: 9/4/2010 Hi,Lillie! I have read that Mayo Clinic recently finished the investigation about grape seeds extract acting as AI.Can you tell anything about the results?
 Asked: 8/31/2010 Could you explain "Complete Response" after chemo and radiation.
 Asked: 8/28/2010 Thank you in advance.
 Asked: 8/22/2010 Hello and thanks for your great service.
 Asked: 8/11/2010 I had 3 lymph nodes removed and have got conflicting info about life after.
 Asked: 7/29/2010 Is it true that anti-depressant pills may cause the Breast cancer to come back? I have been on them for three years? Thanks...Great website.
 Asked: 7/20/2010 I understand that microscopic involvement in a sentinal node, 1 out of 7, is considered a stage 1b.
 Asked: 7/20/2010 There is a lot on the web that SUGAR FEEDS CANCER.
 Asked: 7/20/2010 Lillie-I just read the previous question from the woman who is 7 yrs out from inflammatory breast ca and was told that she is able to donate blood.
 Asked: 7/19/2010 I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in August of 2003.
 Asked: 7/13/2010 I had a bilateral mastectomy in December of 2009.
 Asked: 7/10/2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 1, Grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, 0.9 cm.
 Asked: 7/10/2010 I was diagnsed with breast cancer at the end of May in my left breast.
 Asked: 6/30/2010 Hi Lillie. Can you tell me if adjuvant online was used (er pr pos breast ca)does the recurrence score usually come out as roughly in the same ballpark asthe oncotype score? I thought that I read somewhere that adjuvant tends to scoreslightly higher.
 Asked: 6/21/2010 Is sodium bicarbonate a valid candidate for curing cancer?
 Asked: 6/17/2010 Hi Lillie, thanks for taking my question.
 Asked: 6/12/2010 I am confused about phytoestrogen therapy.
 Asked: 6/12/2010 I finished chemo recently and was told I most likely would be put in menopause (I am 46 years old).
 Asked: 6/6/2010 I have read that location of the tumor is an important prognostic factor: tumors that develop toward the outside of the breast are less serious...
 Asked: 6/5/2010 Does drinking bottled water that has been left in a car and has gotten hot contribute to the cause of breast cancer?

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