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10/30/2017Hi Lillie, once again I am turning to you for support... you just answered a question for me in regards to my mom with the 11 oncotype and micromets. I actually have a question for myself. I panicked a little and turned to you for support with my mom this morning because my mom is planning her final surgery from her diep flap... she met with the surgeon Friday and where her incision sight is she has a bulge and is going for a ct scan Friday for it. The surgeon is pretty convinced it is a hernia from surgery and wants the scan done so he knows it is a hernia and how to proceed with fixing it. In my mind that bulge is cancer. It is like the rational side of me knows it is not related to cancer but there is this other side thay has massive anxiety around the whole thing ? Is this normal ? Realistically I think my mom is going to be ok from everything I read about it but there is this other side of me that is convinced that Breast cancer will return and I donít know what to do... any advise you could give on how I can fix myself I just want me and my mom to return to normal but it seems itíll never happen
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10/31/2017It is normal to believe every abnormal thing someone has must be cancer once diagnosed with some form of cancer. we call it "guilty by association." Abdominal bulge sounds like a hernia. And breast cancer, BTW, doesn't present as an abdominal bulge either!

So when something pops up as a new symptom of something, first turn to all of the benign possibilities that it could be FIRST!!

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