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12/7/2017Lilli,I had 1b, 1.2cm, 1cm and one too small to measure, lobular sn1.8mm, bmx, oxy 17 extracapsular. oncologist said no chemo,but if i wanted it ok. She also asked me if I heard of 4 said 1 sn! is the original tumor considered a node? i have looked all over the internet for answer to that question. I had radiation a year ago and keep thinking I should have had the chemo but she would not recommend,bc specialist in hawaii and nationally.if there was a something at 1.2 and 2 others,so are they called nodes? If they had showed me there were more nodes i would have done chemo. At the time i was very anxious and just recently have lots of anxiety they did heart echo, abd cT and bone scan and said no cancer. If its one year does that mean its not likley to come back. I am 69, retired rn. Spending too much time looking at this stuff. On my 2nd psyc who dosen't know anything about bc. I am on effexor and mirtazapine and anestrozole. The effexor make me feel like i am in a capsule. I want to live my life and can not get handle on anxiety. I feel I am cured and can't stop worrying. Wake up thinking i am going to die. Yesterday i switched the anestrozole to take at 5pm and felt better. It has been going on like this for a year. I want some help. I sent you other emails. No oncologist psyc in honolulu. Please help me if you can. Thank you. I never took drugs, alcohol breast fed 2 for 3 years. Exercised,trying to avoid dairy and soy. Feel very bad. I want to live my life. I made reservation to go to ny to see grandson alone In 2 weeks but today thinking i might not be able to. I asked pcp uf sge would say inwas heakthy she said no cause you have mental health problem. I never had any mental problem before. I think i am just scared. Doing meditation etc. Please help if you can.
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12/8/2017You had early stage breast cancer, which has a very low risk of recurrence. Nodes are lymph nodes in the armpit. The original tumor is not considered a "node". You say you are cancer free based on scans, yet you are still very anxious. Perhaps the Effexor is not helping and you need a different medication for your anxiety. Effexor is an anti-depressant, so maybe this is not the right medication for you. I would ask about a different medication that can help with anxiety. You should absolutely keep your trip to NY to see your grandson! You are cancer-free, go out and live your life, but if your anxiety is holding you back, you need to address that. Anxiety after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is normal, you are not alone, and that doesn't mean you have a mental illness. Get a second opinion if necessary. Continue meditation, that is very good, do yoga, mindfulness exercises, positive guided imagery, etc. Do not let breast cancer run your life.

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