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Breast Cancer

 
Breast Cancer

Chapter: 3 - Breast Cancer

Subchapter: 1 - What is Cancer?

What is Cancer?
Healthy cells are the basic building blocks of all tissue and organs in the body. But when cell DNA (the cell’s wiring) is damaged, mutated cells begin to rapidly reproduce without following the pre-wired plan.

Aggressive cell growth can form a tumor (or mass of tissue) that, like each individual cell, does not function as originally intended. These abnormal cells or groups of cells can progress into the disease known as cancer.

Cancer Origins
Breast cancer usually begins either where the milk is being produced, the lobules, or in the milk ducts.

Lobules
Lobular Carcinoma in Situ (LCIS) is a pre-cancerous condition that forms and is contained in the lobules. Invasive lobular carcinoma is a type of cancer that develops and breaks through the lobules, with the potential to spread to other areas of the body.

Milk Ducts
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) is a type of cancer that forms in the milk ducts and is considered non–invasive because it has not spread to any surrounding tissue. Once the cancer has spread beyond the milk ducts, it is known as ductal carcinoma.

Less frequently, breast cancer can originate in the stromal tissue– the fatty and fibrous connective tissue of the breast.

Prognosis
Treating breast cancer as soon as it’s discovered is very important. If left untreated, the cancer cells may invade healthy breast tissue or lymph nodes. Once in the lymph system, cancer can spread more easily to other parts of the body.

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  • anonymous Profile

    How can I best support my loved one with breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 14 answers
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    • Laura Gaspard Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tell them how much you love them! Be supportive and encouraging!

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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      By educating yourself about breast cancer, you will be better equipped to understand what your loved one is going through. Learn more about breast cancer here: http://beyondtheshock.com/learn.

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  • Nikol Vega Profile

    Any ideas on how to tell my 10 year old daughter I have breast cancer?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have a 10 year old and year old. I just told both kids one month ago. I told them when I knew I would not be hysterical about it. It is all in your delivery. My kids have been fine.

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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

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      Nikol,

      Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own.

      It might also be helpful to come up with an outline of topics that you want to cover, because your talk with your daughter will likely become emotional and you may forget what you wanted to say.

      Here is a link to a short article in Parents that may be helpful: http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/healthy-mom/6-ways-to-tell-your-kids-about-breast-cancer/

      Also, remember that you are not alone. Not too long ago, on this site, someone else asked the question "How do I tell my kids". Click on this question and you can see some suggestions from women who have also had to do this: http://beyondtheshock.com/questions/561

      I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but am wishing you the best. Stay strong and keep hope!

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    Do you all realize that if someone Google searches your name in quotes all your posts to this site will come up? I am concerned! I am job hunting!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 13 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2006

      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the...

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      Greetings Anoymous,

      I am so thankful that God has given me another chance at life. After being diagnosed with Triple Negative stage 2 A grade 3 Breast Cancer {51/2} years ago. I promised myself and God that since I was chosen to make a difference I would share any and all information about the journey I had to go through to get where I am today. Most importantly for me is that I want the world to know that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence and that early detection is the key. I will always be willing to share my story with anyone on or off this site. And if any employer would not accept you for employment because of your diagnoses I beleive will reap what they sow! None of us asked to be diagnosed with breast cancer and know one knowes what is manifesting in their bodies. It's so sad that public records information is shared on the internet so why not share informtion that could save a life. Stay encouraged. I promise you that I will keep you in my prayers as you continue to seek employment. I feel in my heart that you will be blessed to find a job for who you are, including your skills and not because you were diagnosed with breast cancer. By the way after I was diagnosed I also started having luncheons, bake sales silent auctions and educational events at work in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to raise monies for Cancer Organizations and to bring awareness to my females and male co-workers. To my surprise the participation by my co-workers continues to be100% and the monies raised grows higher each year. Keep me posted, Love and Blessings Your Proud Sister Of Hope!!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Yes Yes ladies!!!!! I am so proud to be a survivor!!! Very well said!!! I feel thankful everyday to come through all this and I don't mind telling the world. If an employer has a problem with that...I wouldn't want to work for them anyway!!!

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  • Morgan Moser Profile

    Finally meeting my oncologist for the first time tomorrow! I'm so ready to get this ball rolling! What should I expect?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 8 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you...

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      I just liked what everyone said because they said it all. The only thing I can suggest is look at your self in the in the mirrior and see how important and beautiful you are. Then go put on you big girl warrior panties and kick cancer's backside. We have all been there and will be with you everystep of the way. God Bless you on your journey. Your husband and mom are warriors too.

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    • Morgan Moser Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Awesome!!! Thank you so much ladies. My husband and my mom are both coming with as they do with every appt:) I have a whole binder with papers and notes and questions! You can never be to prepared:) thanks again ladies for doing what you do and always being there!

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