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 Asked: 10/16/2018 I asked earlier about the reoccurrence if TNBC and I’m 4.3 yrs out.
 Asked: 10/15/2018 I keep hearing tnbc usually reoccurs within the first three years.
 Asked: 8/31/2018 I am almost 4 years out from diagnosis.
 Asked: 7/17/2018 Hello, Ever since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago - low oncotype, no nodes, hormonal, stage 1 - she has been...
 Asked: 7/10/2018 Dear lilie is it true that early stage like 1 or early stage 2 with er positive and node neg rarely do mets?
 Asked: 6/6/2018 Hi Lillie! I was diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety after a bc diagnosis about 4 years ago when I was 41 by my psychiatrist.
 Asked: 4/16/2018 Hi, I still have depression after breast cancer stage 1b, double seemed to have started after taking anestrozole, I am now taking tamoxifen.I have...
 Asked: 4/9/2018 Next month, it will be four years since diagnosis and the journey of surgery with reconstruction along with Tamoxifen.
 Asked: 3/19/2018 I have read your suggestions regarding how to tell family about cancer diagnosis. Although I have no family, my concern is how to tell long-distance male...
 Asked: 2/27/2018 When it is time for my bi-annual scans, my family goes into panic mode.
 Asked: 2/11/2018 I had total 4 cm. high grade comedo DCIS in two ducts.
 Asked: 2/8/2018 Hi there, It been nearly a year since I''ve finished treatment,I had multifocal 3 tumour,27 mm in total ,oncotype 11 ,grade 1, er and pr positive...
 Asked: 2/5/2018 Hi!I am from India and last year I suffered from Breast Cancer(triple negative) and my whole left breast was removed.I had completed my chemotheraphy...
 Asked: 1/4/2018 I ave an occotype score of 57.
 Asked: 12/8/2017 Lilli,I had 1b, 1.2cm, 1cm and one too small to measure, lobular sn1.8mm, bmx, oxy 17 extracapsular.
 Asked: 11/28/2017 Three years out from IDC stage 1b (surgery and Tamoxifen treatment) with immediate reconstruction.
 Asked: 11/5/2017 Lillie, thank you for all you do.
 Asked: 11/3/2017 Stage 2b micromet one out of 4 nodes.
 Asked: 10/31/2017 Hi Lillie, once again I am turning to you for support...
 Asked: 10/10/2017 Fatigue and DCIS = depression? Anemia? I was diagnosed late September with DCIS, totally unexpected.
 Asked: 10/9/2017 Your answer of October 5th was not helpful.
 Asked: 10/5/2017 Thank you for previous answers in August 2017.
 Asked: 10/4/2017 How does depression feel like depression? Treatment? Stress? depression therapy? this is what depression feels like..
 Asked: 10/4/2017 I take arimidex and it seems like the side effects are also the symptoms of reoccurance? I don''t have much pain, but more ache like.
 Asked: 9/27/2017 Hi Lillie ! Once again I am turning to support for my mom who is a recent stage 1b breast cancer survivor.
 Asked: 8/30/2017 I was diagnosed with Grade 3, 100 percent ER pos and 30% PR positive IDC Stage 2 B with 3 nodes and one extracapsular.
 Asked: 8/24/2017 Thank you for the response of August 1st (8/1/17) - see below.
 Asked: 8/21/2017 Hi Lillie, I just want to thank you for all your answers to my questions as I have traveled the path of breast cancer.
 Asked: 8/7/2017 Hi Lillie, In June I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a lumpectomy.
 Asked: 8/8/2017 I recently had excisional biopsy and pathology came back ALH, radial scar, inteaductal papilloma, apocrine cyst, calcification.
 Asked: 8/5/2017 Finished chemo 6/29. Finishing rads 8/15.
 Asked: 8/2/2017 Hi lilie I wrote to u several times before..
 Asked: 8/1/2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 1A in December 2014/January 2015.
 Asked: 7/27/2017 Hello, Lillie! You mention a JHU Survivor Retreat in a 2016 post.
 Asked: 7/22/2017 Hi I have been treated for stage one breast cancer, finished treatment 4 months ago (radiation,now tamoxifen) my cancer was found while getting a ultrasound...
 Asked: 7/5/2017 Dear Lillie thankyou for all that you do .
 Asked: 7/2/2017 Dear lilie Some days I feel up others very down when I hear that someone who was doing well just passed away from breast cancer..
 Asked: 7/2/2017 Dear lilie at the time I was diagnosed and had a neochemo for a 2 cm grade one BC that is hormone sensitive and her2...
 Asked: 6/30/2017 Hi! After bc diagnosis at 42 I''ve been seeing a psychologist.
 Asked: 6/20/2017 Hi Lilly, everything i have been reading abt tnbc is grim.
 Asked: 6/14/2017 I have head full of peach fuzz and still have several taxol Chemo s to go.
 Asked: 5/31/2017 My neutrophil counts stayed at 0.8 and last 2 chemo s delayed.
 Asked: 5/25/2017 Why would breast surgeon order mammaprint for tnbc? Not sure I see the point.
 Asked: 5/22/2017 Dear Lilie I was diagnosed in 2013 with 1.9 cm luminal A tGrade 1 tumor nodes free with no LVI and low mitotic index..
 Asked: 5/22/2017 Dear Lilie is is true that grade 1 breast cancers ER and PR + if caught at stage 1 or early stage 2 rarely have ability to do mets ? best.
 Asked: 5/22/2017 Hi Lilllie, Thanks for all your help. 1.
 Asked: 5/17/2017 Lilly... my friend just diagnosed with triple negative stage 3 breast cancer.
 Asked: 5/9/2017 Hi! 1)Is it normal to have a diagnosis of a mixture of anxiety and depression due to maybe cancer diagnosis and treatments? That''s what my...
 Asked: 5/1/2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 1A in December 2014/January 2015.
 Asked: 4/30/2017 Hello, I was wondering if I came in to get a Robotic Hysterectomy what would the percentage be for me to receive blood clots? I cause...
 Asked: 4/24/2017 Hi lilie Just a curious question because i read a lot on your forum..
 Asked: 4/8/2017 Hi Lillie, My 48 year old friend , TNBC with brain metastasis, in hospice care at home since November 2016 is really getting to a comatose stage.
 Asked: 3/23/2017 I was diagnosed with costochondritis I had an xray done and was told everything was ok.
 Asked: 3/15/2017 Hi Lillie. At 47 I was diagnosed with tnbc.
 Asked: 3/5/2017 Lillie, I''m confused about cancer recurrence. Do the majority of women with breast cancer never get it again, or is it more likely the majority WILL get it again? So much conflicting information regarding this.
 Asked: 3/3/2017 Is it common practice to not do testing to see if stage 2A, triple positive IDC grade 2 with DCIS grade 3 has spread elsewhere?..
 Asked: 2/24/2017 How would I know if cancer has come back in my lymph nodes? Out of 17 , 2 were positive, onco score 11, IDC stage...
 Asked: 12/26/2016 is it ok to take celexa with tamoxifen? I cant tolerate effexor.
 Asked: 12/5/2016 Dear Lilie We live in Beirut LEBANON. My wife who is 38 yrs old now was treated for breast cancer 2.5 years ago as follows: 2 cm tumor, grade1 (score4), er and Pr strongly positive and her2 neg..
 Asked: 11/15/2016 S/P NS mastectomy with SNB that confirmed 1.5cm IDC (with DCIS) and neg nodes (3).
 Asked: 11/15/2016 Lillie, does this statement mean the rate of breast cancer deaths in women > 50 is rising? Second, we’re hopeful the lack of difference in death...
 Asked: 11/6/2016 I had a lumpectomy on left from ER-PR-Her+ IDC followed by ACTH treatment and radiation in 2005 when i was 53.
 Asked: 10/27/2016 How does one survive waiting for breast cancer surgery without going completely nuts? I am 38, diagnosed with stage 1 IDC, ER/PR+ Her2-, less than...
 Asked: 10/14/2016 Good afternoon! I''ve been taking Femara for 4 months.
 Asked: 10/12/2016 How to love your new body? Hi! I was 42 when I was diagnosed with bilateral bc.
 Asked: 10/9/2016 I continue to obsess, two years and three months after diagnosis of treated stage 1 TN.
 Asked: 10/5/2016 How do you know if cancer has come back in your chest wall if you''ve had a double mastectomy with reconstruction? Im 3 years out...
 Asked: 8/18/2016 Since I was diagnosed with a bilateral bc at the same time at 42, which was a shock for me, I''ve been seeing a psychologist...
 Asked: 7/27/2016 Is there literature on dating, sex, self esteem after breast cancer, DMX, with delayed reconstruction.
 Asked: 7/19/2016 I have written to you previously and gave you these factors: "I was diagnosed with Stage 1A tumor in my right breast.
 Asked: 7/7/2016 Any help you can provide is very much appreciated.
 Asked: 7/3/2016 Dear Lillie I wanted to ask you why grade 1 tumors have best prognosis..
 Asked: 6/27/2016 Dear Lillie, My wife age 46 was recently diagnosed with invasive lobular 3cm tumor, stage 2A, ER/PR both highly positive (95%), HER negative, grade...
 Asked: 6/20/2016 Dear lilie I came to read on your site that a lady got metastatic disease after 22 years of being disease free and was originally stage 2.
 Asked: 5/18/2016 Not sure where this question belongs.... After lumpectomy and radiation, did a self breast exam...sort of.
 Asked: 5/6/2016 Hello from the UK and many thanks for this great service.
 Asked: 3/25/2016 Hi! What can I do if I don''t like my reconstructed breasts? I had DMX, chemo, no radiation and delayed breasts reconstruction with expanders and...
 Asked: 3/25/2016 I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer at 42 (premenopausal) After two years and a half of having taken Tamoxifen I might be switched to...
 Asked: 3/22/2016 I have Stage 1, Grade 3 IDC, ER and PR positive, HER2 negative,no Lymph Nodes.
 Asked: 2/22/2016 Had mastectomy after diagnosis of lubinar cancer in right breast, stage 1A with no node involvement.
 Asked: 2/17/2016 Hi Lillie, I am 51, post-men in my 3rd year from ILC / double mx (ER/PR+, low oncotype, 1 node micromet found with ihc).
 Asked: 2/6/2016 I had a biopsy three weeks ago which led to a diagnosis of DCIS.
 Asked: 12/22/2015 So, those who are not candidates for hormone therapies are doomed...?
 Asked: 12/10/2015 How do we psychologically deal with a recent study (which requires more research) "suggesting" that lumpectomy w/radiation has higher survival rates and less recurrence versus...
 Asked: 11/30/2015 Do you think my chances of long term surviving treated early tnbc are good?
 Asked: 11/29/2015 I was diagnosed with stage 1 b tnbc July 29, 2014.
 Asked: 10/28/2015 Once i tried to commit suicide because of my frustration relating unemployment by excessive drugs.
 Asked: 10/27/2015 to suicide because of my frustration relating unemployment by excessive drugs.
 Asked: 10/13/2015 I am almost 5 years out from a stage 1, grade 1 1cm ER+PR+Her- breast cancer and two years out from a 8mm stage 1...
 Asked: 9/17/2015 I am a psychiatrist treating a patient on Letrozole.
 Asked: 9/2/2015 Lillie, it took me two months to get the nerve to take my Tamoxifen pill, which I did today.
 Asked: 8/23/2015 I am in treatment at the time with CT and have been in treatment for depression.
 Asked: 8/18/2015 Good morning. Does Tamoxifen cause depression and anxiety? I was diagnosed with bc at 42.Premenopausal.I had a DMX.
 Asked: 7/25/2015 Lillie, I''ve written a few times previously.
 Asked: 6/6/2015 Diagnosed with bilateral BC (stage 2)at 42.
 Asked: 3/18/2015 I think this question could fit here.
 Asked: 3/17/2015 I am a week away from surgery and, in general, have a good prognosis, but I have become increasingly worried that it has grown and...
 Asked: 3/2/2015 Palliative Care..good advice..Very useful! Thanks for all that you do! Thanks for all that you do.
 Asked: 3/1/2015 In treatment for newly dx METS. with excellent responce to TPH therapy.

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