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 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.
 Asked: 2/14/2015 Just wanted to say thank you! You''ve answered several of my questions lately regarding a breast cancer scare.
 Asked: 1/31/2015 I started tamoxifen in Nov. 2013.
 Asked: 12/22/2014 This isn''t a question, rather a note of thanks.
 Asked: 12/11/2014 I''m 20 years old...when I was 10 yrs i got pricked by a syringe of my granny who was a uterus cancer do I...
 Asked: 12/1/2014 I heard that the man who was doing the nipple tattoos after mastectomy is no longer coming toJohns Hopkins to do the work.
 Asked: 10/26/2014 In a recent post you tell someone that they cannot have stage three breast cancer because their tumor is less than 50mm (they do have...
 Asked: 10/25/2014 When does the fear that comes with this cancer business subside? I am 43yr old female and 2.5 years out from diagnosis of stage 1a TNBC.
 Asked: 9/11/2014 I was diagnosed with low oncotype low risk 1.2 cm tumor grade 2....
 Asked: 9/3/2014 I have a 2.1 mm tumor in left breast that is stage 3 with needle aspiration confirming lymph node involvement and a precancerous cluster...
 Asked: 8/9/2014 Dear Lillie, Thank you so much for the service you provide.
 Asked: 7/12/2014 My daughter in law has triple negative breast cancer.
 Asked: 7/8/2014 Does prozac interfere with Letrozole (Femera) ? How about Buspar.
 Asked: 5/5/2014 Many thanks for this service! I am 8 months from double mx and on Tamoxifen.
 Asked: 4/9/2014 I recently read in Artemis that new evidence shows women with HER2- and ER+PR+ breast cancer have a greater chance of recurrence between the 5th...
 Asked: 4/6/2014 I have BC mets to bones and liver.
 Asked: 3/14/2014 I had two breast cancers...1cm, stage 1, grade 1, ER/PR+ (strong)Her2-, no LVI, node clear.....the other was .8cm, stage 1, grade 3, no LVI, ER/PR+...
 Asked: 2/27/2014 I''ve been diagnosed 3 times with breast cancer in 3 1/2 years (last time triple negative)and at times it gets to me.
 Asked: 2/11/2014 I had er+ BC diagnosed in 2002 and am Brca2+.
 Asked: 2/3/2014 Hello, I am living in Sweden, and at the age of 42 I''ve got breast cancer( last year). I have now bone met.
 Asked: 1/31/2014 I just had bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery.
 Asked: 1/27/2014 the doctor advises surgery of breast, I am in self denial & find it difficult to accept - dont know how to cope with it .
 Asked: 1/25/2014 I read your site and saw you say many aggressive cancers occur within the 1st 2 years.
 Asked: 11/22/2013 Hi Lillie, Just a thank you for getting me through a recent bone scan (clear results).
 Asked: 10/31/2013 Lillie, I am five years out Stg III and I wanted to take a little time today as I try to do every once and awhile to thank you for what you do for us.
 Asked: 9/16/2013 My mind is not in my control I always thought something bad about god and if i want to stop this thoughts they again pops up...
 Asked: 9/9/2013 Hi, I am 6 days out from a left mastectomy for stage 2 5.6cm invasive lobular breast cancer.
 Asked: 9/6/2013 I have been hearing about use of ketotic (spelling?) diet for cancer and how it can supposedly starve out the cancer cells, which cannot operate...
 Asked: 9/6/2013 Hi, I have stage 3 breast cancer, just completed chemo, am starting radiation in a few weeks, and was told to start tamoxifen now.
 Asked: 9/1/2013 No Kids. Not breastfeeding. What is a white pimple like spot in the middle of my nipple. It does not bother me.
 Asked: 8/26/2013 August 4 I had a lumpectomy. I had IDC, 2 cm, grade 2, er/pr+ her2- and the sentinal node and margins were clear.
 Asked: 8/8/2013 Hi Lillie! Just wanted to touch base again as my thoughts get the best of me.
 Asked: 7/21/2013 I had an excisional biopsy on Tuesday with wire localization for a small radial scar that was an incidental finding and my surgeon told my...
 Asked: 7/15/2013 I did not know were to put this question but it seems Psychological Support would be appropriate.
 Asked: 7/14/2013 I did not know were to put this question but it seems Psychological Support would be appropriate.
 Asked: 6/14/2013 Hi Lillie! Thank you again for what you do.
 Asked: 5/24/2013 what are the chances that a woman with a 1.3 invasive hormone + grade 2 and no lymph nodes or lvi will die from their...
 Asked: 5/9/2013 Aside from having BC I am an adult survivor of childhood physical and emotional abuse.
 Asked: 2/21/2013 Hi Lillie Yesterday my daughter received her pathology report after her bilateral mastectomy of last week.
 Asked: 1/16/2013 Hi Lillie. Dx 2009 @40 Stage 1A, grade 2, no lymph nodes, no LVI.
 Asked: 1/3/2013 Hello there! I first got in touch with you folks back in 2005 when I was first dx.
 Asked: 1/2/2013 Hi Lilly, thanks for doing such a great job.
 Asked: 12/5/2012 Lillie, i feel doomed to die. I am waiting for the oncotype dx and ki67 scores and i feel awful dread feeling.
 Asked: 11/23/2012 Oops just posted a question about emotional issues and incorrectly posted my tumor info as t1n1 m1 for TNBC.
 Asked: 11/23/2012 Hi I have finished my chemo on 10/4 for TNBC t1n1m1.
 Asked: 11/12/2012 I have double mastectomy l year ago .i think my hausband fear has sex.
 Asked: 11/8/2012 This is a follow up to an earlier question on my papilloma removal where the reply read not to get too concerned and that what...
 Asked: 11/8/2012 At this point it has been 2 months, 2 mammograms, 2 ultrasound guided needle biopsies- left result is papilloma, right result isn''t back yet.
 Asked: 10/17/2012 I have looked at statistics from each stage of the disease and I am terrified.
 Asked: 10/17/2012 I am so stressed out. I have so many fears.
 Asked: 10/10/2012 Thank Ellie, you are a boon to all of us. I had a followup question.
 Asked: 9/20/2012 Hello Lillie I am the person with Trip Neg.
 Asked: 9/20/2012 Hello I have Triple Neg with lymph nodes.

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