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2/21/2014I am very concerned about my 29 year old daughter. We have had several cancer deaths within the last 2 years in our family [one breast - my mother]. My daughter who lives a long way from me says she has stage IIb breast cancer Dx in November 2013 first by mammogram and ultrasound on suspicion and confirmed by biopsy of sentinel node and then MRI. The test came back IDC Stage II ER+. 3 nodes cancerous. What I find most worrying is that she was placed on tamoxifen and given radiotherapy in the hopes it would shrink the cancer. She told me the Tamoxifen did not work and neither did the radiotherapy, and the latest MRI this week is now showing breast cancer in the other breast. She says she has opted for mastectomy - bilateral with immediate implants but the plastic surgeon says no as she has insufficient body fat. After seeing my Mother with this disease and mixing with many, many other women, my daughter's treatment regime seems strange to me and I have a terrible fear she is stage iv and is not being told, or at the worst [I can deal with this] it is a sign for attention perhaps from fear from all the deaths. I have never heard of a case being left like this until a woman gains weight and if the tamoxifen isn't working would she be kept on it? She's also shaved her thick hair and sports a head covering telling me Tamoxifen did this, but the hair regrowth in some images would make some women envious.
I'm deeply sorry for such a long question, but somehow I need to find the truth - or at least a hint in the right direction so I can help her in any way I can - she's 29 so I have no legal hold any longer.

Sincere thanks,
Ginny
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2/21/2014Oh my so sorry about your worry over your daughter. Unfortunately you can only reach out to her and hope that she is being truthful. It is difficult as a mother to know your daughter is going through difficult times and you can't help.

Hopefully your daughter is being treated by a breast medical oncologist and has consulted with a breast surgical oncologist. Having breast cancer at a young age she should also consider genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA gene mutation . Sometimes all you can do is be there for her if she asks for help and offer your help and support, saying your prayers for her health and well being. Consider getting support for yourself by talking with your own health care professional, clergy member and friends who may be supportive. Best wishes

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