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10/25/2010Hello, i just found out litterly hoursago my mom has garden variety breast cancer i feel im more upset then she is, she hasnt really looked into any options being so new at it but the dr said if you have breast removed then no chemo or they can just remove the lump and do radiation for 6 weeks which she doesnt want she rather get it removed, and be done with it, but not knowing anything about cancer and dr's in anchorage ak im not sure how good they are, i guess my question is where do we start, im so distraught im very close to my mom , i dont know where to go to look up information or anything for familys can you please help, thank you and does that mean it will run in family no other history is in the family she's the first she 65
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10/26/2010how ironic. i just returned from speaking in Anchorage over the weekend. Providence Cancer Center is where i spoke. so consider contacting them. Ask for Wanda Katinszki. Tell her that "Lillie referred you." Now back to your questions. sounds like it is a small tumor if lumpectomy is an option. The need for chemo is unrelated to the type of surgery done. if she opts for mastectomy then she would be able to more than likely not need radiation. if she does lumpectomy she will need radiation to the breast. (doesn't make you sick; doesn't make your hair fall out. quite well tolerated). The need for chemo is based on her age, and prognostic factors of the tumor, including its actual size, hormone receptors, HER2 receptor, grade and whether nodes are involved. Providence can give you a book called Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Breast Cancer, which will be helpful to you both i think. hope this information gets you both underway with treatment.

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