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 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.
 Asked: 8/22/2012 Is it possible that taking a daily 1mg Arimidex medication to "melt" a breast cancer 3.5 over three months'' time? In 2005 I had...
 Asked: 8/20/2012 Thank you. I have to rely now more and accept the serenity prayer.
 Asked: 8/16/2012 I have grade 3 with er + pr + and her 2 neg cancer with a lump that is lobular that is a big lump with interconnected 3 lobes.
 Asked: 8/4/2012 Didnyou have your breast removed after getting it sevind ime lillie?
 Asked: 8/4/2012 Braca neg on questiion 245.. Er neg/ pr neg,5mm dcis grade two..

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