"Breast Cancer: The Journey" Discussion

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(WUSA) -- To help answer your questions, we asked Judy Macon and Dr. Regina Hampton to join us in a discussion while "Breast Cancer: The Journey" aired.

Judy Macon is a nurse and survivor.  She runs the mammography unit at Suburban Hospital and oversees many support programs, including Courage Collages.

Dr. Regina Hampton is a general laparoscopic and breast surgeon.

Here is a transcript of the conversation:

Dr. Regina Hampton: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Greetings

JDG52A: Greetings

JDG52A: Thanks again for joining us, Dr. Hampton.

Dr. Regina Hampton: My pleasure. It will be fun!

Dr. Regina Hampton: My pleasure. It will be fun!

breasthealthRN: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Hello Judy

Dr. Regina Hampton: Hello Judy

MyName: Greetings

MyName: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Hello, welcome

Dr. Regina Hampton: Hello, welcome

breasthealthRN: Thanks, I'm just trying to get used to this!

breasthealthRN: Thanks, I'm just trying to get used to this!

breasthealthRN: Hi back at ya, Regina!

JDG52A: You're doing just fine.

breasthealthRN: Hi back at ya, Regina!

ymh: Greetings

ymh: Greetings

ymh: I have several questions about breast cancer

ymh: I have several questions about breast cancer

Dr. Regina Hampton: Welcome, ymh

Dr. Regina Hampton: Welcome, ymh

JDG52A: Hi ymh. Thaks for joining us.

breasthealthRN: Hello ymh

breasthealthRN: Hello ymh

ymh: My mother had breast cancer 6 years ago and 3 of my fathers aunt had breast cancer.  

ymh: My mother had breast cancer 6 years ago and 3 of my fathers aunt had breast cancer.

ymh: Between the ages of 15 - 18 I had several cyst removed frm my breast. I am very scared and want to know what are my chance of getting breast cancer

ymh: Between the ages of 15 - 18 I had several cyst removed frm my breast. I am very scared and want to know what are my chance of getting breast cancer

Dr. Regina Hampton: With your family history, it sounds like you are at high risk.

Dr. Regina Hampton: With your family history, it sounds like you are at high risk.

Dr. Regina Hampton: I would recommend being evaluated and followed at a comprehensive breast center and consider BRCA testing (breast cancer gene)

Dr. Regina Hampton: I would recommend being evaluated and followed at a comprehensive breast center and consider BRCA testing (breast cancer gene)

breasthealthRN: First of all, having benign (non-cancerous) cysts does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. How old were your mom and great aunts when they were diagnosed?

breasthealthRN: First of all, having benign (non-cancerous) cysts does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. How old were your mom and great aunts when they were diagnosed?

ymh: I get a annual mamogram and this year I have requested a dianostic mamogram

ymh: I get a annual mamogram and this year I have requested a dianostic mamogram

Dr. Regina Hampton: Please do not have fear--obtain knowledge and appropriate follow-up

Dr. Regina Hampton: Please do not have fear--obtain knowledge and appropriate follow-up

Carmen: Greetings Carmen: Greetings

ymh: my mother was 69 and my aunts were 60 - 70

breasthealthRN: I agree with Dr. H. And do seek genetic counseling, if for no other reason than peace of mind.

breasthealthRN: I agree with Dr. H. And do seek genetic counseling, if for no other reason than peace of mind.

yoli: Greetings

yoli: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Hello Carmen

Dr. Regina Hampton: great advice

yoli: are the signs for breast cancer the same for women and men

yoli: are the signs for breast cancer the same for women and men

ymh: what are some of the signs of breast cancer

ymh: I feel a heaviness in my breast and throbing sometimes. I often wonder if it's all in my mind

breasthealthRN: Men primarily develop breast lumps. Women may have lumps, a change in breast size, nipple discharge, and other symptoms. It's important for women to be aware of any changes in their breasts, not just lumps.

Bm: I sometimes feel needle like pain in my left breast, and sometimes in my right breast Is it some alarming sign of breast cancer

Bm: I sometimes feel needle like pain in my left breast, and sometimes in my right breast Is it some alarming sign of breast cancer

Dr. Regina Hampton: Masses and pain can be benign changes, like fibrocystic breast disease. I think that all breast pain should be evaluated.

breasthealthRN: Pain is not usually a sign of breast cancer, but if this is a change for you please tell your physician. ANY change, whether heaviness, throbbing or pain should be brought to the attention of your primary care provider.

Bm: i am 34 yrs old do i need to schedule mammogram

Bm: i am 34 yrs old do i need to schedule mammogram

Robin: Greetings

Robin: Greetings

ml: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Please don't let anyone "blow off" your symptoms. A comprehensive breast center will help with a full evaluation.

ml: Greetings

ymh: do you have any recommedations in the DVM area

breasthealthRN: Guidelines recommend starting mammography at age 40 UNLESS you have high risk factors, like a family history of breast cancer.

Robin: I wondered what the red bump looked like that was the initial signal for the man's breast cancer? I hadn't heard about this symptom before

Robin: I wondered what the red bump looked like that was the initial signal for the man's breast cancer? I hadn't heard about this symptom before

Annie: Greetings: I was 70,when diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I was scared. My husband was very afraid. We really did not know what to expect. It was rough at first, because the breast surgeon refused to answer any questions, or allow us to meet wi

Annie: Greetings: I was 70,when diagnosed with breast cancer last year. I was scared. My husband was very afraid. We really did not know what to expect. It was rough at first, because the breast surgeon refused to answer any questions, or allow us to meet wi

Bm: can you please tell me about any centers in northern virginia

Bm: can you please tell me about any centers in northern virginia

Dr. Regina Hampton: A lump on one side of the male breast is easier to identify because they have less breast tissue compared to the greater amount of breast tissue and fat that we women have

breasthealthRN: Remember, any change should be investigated...even if it is not a "usual" lump.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Northern VA-Dr. Stephanie Akbari

Annie: continiued.... had to get a new breast surgeon. Things went well, we had a lot of support, from the Amerian Cancer Society and the Beast Cancer

Annie: continiued.... had to get a new breast surgeon. Things went well, we had a lot of support, from the Amerian Cancer Society and the Beast Cancer

Bm: Thanks

Bm: Thanks

Dr. Regina Hampton: DC- Georgetown, GW, Wash Hosp Ctr

Dr. Regina Hampton: I have office in DC and Greenbelt

breasthealthRN: Annie, you might want to seek another physician who is more responsive to your needs.

Annie: Center at Holy Cross Hospital. I just did my best to stay positive...and try to continue to do so.

Annie: Center at Holy Cross Hospital. I just did my best to stay positive...and try to continue to do so.

breasthealthRN: Montgomery County/NW DC--Suburban Hospital Cancer Care program

Dr. Regina Hampton: Ladies please be persistent and have your concerns addressed and heard

Dr. Regina Hampton: Do not be afraid to get a 2nd opinion

ymh: Thank you for the information

Dr. Regina Hampton: Anne Arundel-Dr. Tafera

Karen: Greetings I was diagnosed with DCIS High Grade breast cancer Jan 2 of this year. I just wanted to say that if I had not had a mamogram I would never had known it was there. I had no lump or any of the other symptons So please get your mamograms.

Karen: Greetings I was diagnosed with DCIS High Grade breast cancer Jan 2 of this year. I just wanted to say that if I had not had a mamogram I would never had known it was there. I had no lump or any of the other symptons So please get your mamograms.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Great job Karen!

Patsy: Greetings

Patsy: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Karen, I absolutely agree! Every woman over 40 needs to make time for her annual mammogram.

ymh: what's the difference between a screening and an daignostic mamogram

Elgee: Greetings

Elgee: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Microcalcification cannot be felt on a breast exam (by you or a health care provider). Mammograms are important

Annie: The "Look Good-Feel Good Program is also available at Holy Cross Hospital.

Patsy: I am 52 and get a mamogram every year. my3rd sister had breast cancer but is cured, what are my chances?

Annie: The "Look Good-Feel Good Program is also available at Holy Cross Hospital.

Patsy: I am 52 and get a mamogram every year. my3rd sister had breast cancer but is cured, what are my chances?

ml: any suggestions for when insurance company refuses to pay for breast MRI?

ml: any suggestions for when insurance company refuses to pay for breast MRI?

Karen: mammograms are very important. My daughter is 25 and has been told that she will need to start at 35.

Karen: mammograms are very important. My daughter is 25 and has been told that she will need to start at 35.

breasthealthRN: There is no difference in the technique of a screening or diagnostic mammogram. The diagnostic mammogram is read immediately by the radiologist (while the woman is still in the mammography suite) and may order additional pictures and/or sonogram.

ymh: thank you

Dr. Regina Hampton: Patsy-a good history would need to be obtained in order to estimate your risk

breasthealthRN: Diagnostic mammos are done when there is a problem (like a lump) or a history of breast cancer.

ymh: given my history shold I ask for a mri?

Elgee: My 51 year old sister was diagnosed last week with ductal carcinoma which has spread to her pelvis and thigh. We are hoping for hormone treatment. Any idea on her chances of survival?

Elgee: My 51 year old sister was diagnosed last week with ductal carcinoma which has spread to her pelvis and thigh. We are hoping for hormone treatment. Any idea on her chances of survival?

Patsy: thank you.

Patsy: thank you.

breasthealthRN: Screening mammograms are not read immediately and are done on women without symptoms.

MJ: Greetings I was just diagnosed with DCIS--toldpre-cancer, got it just in time. I had a sterotactic breast biopsy 2 weeks ago and will have another biopsy on Nov. 3. I'm confused about whether this is considered cancer.

MJ: Greetings I was just diagnosed with DCIS--toldpre-cancer, got it just in time. I had a sterotactic breast biopsy 2 weeks ago and will have another biopsy on Nov. 3. I'm confused about whether this is considered cancer.

Dr. Regina Hampton: YMH- I recommend a through exam and eval by a breast surgeon before automatically ordering an MRI

ymh: thank you

Dr. Regina Hampton: MRI's are great when ordered on the appropriate information. They can often give too much info

breasthealthRN: Elgee, it is difficult to make an estimate on her survival. Many medicines are more than likely available to her and she may have a very good response.

Dr. Regina Hampton: DCIS is called "precancerous" but is treated as a cancer. DCIS is very treatable

breasthealthRN: DCIS is cancer located within the breast duct; it has not come through the duct, or "invasive".

luiza: I found a little painful thing in my right breast, I had a mammoraphy done , I have a fiberadenoma. Should I be worried?

luiza: I found a little painful thing in my right breast, I had a mammoraphy done , I have a fiberadenoma. Should I be worried?

Karen: MJ, I had DCIS. I am alive and well. I am recouperating from brast reconstruction as we speak.

Karen: MJ, I had DCIS. I am alive and well. I am recouperating from brast reconstruction as we speak.

Dr. Regina Hampton: A fibroadenoma is a benign mass that does not increase your risk of breast cancer

breasthealthRN: Luiza, if you have a fibroadenoma this is a non-cancerous lump and does not increase your risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Regina Hampton: MJ be sure you have a surgeon that will offer you many different options

luiza: It's 12 mm,and it hurts when I touch it .

breasthealthRN: Yes, MJ, be sure to find out all your options.

luiza: It's 12 mm,and it hurts when I touch it .

breasthealthRN: Luiza, are you scheduled for a biopsy?

Patsy: Another question, I took HRT for 10 years, but have also taken mamograms for all of those times, am I in the high risk category?

Patsy: Another question, I took HRT for 10 years, but have also taken mamograms for all of those times, am I in the high risk category?

Elgee: Many thanks for your positive response.

Elgee: Many thanks for your positive response.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Luiza- if you are concerned, you can have it removed

luiza: no, I am not. I was said I should see a surgent maybe.

luiza: no, I am not. I was said I should see a surgent maybe.

MyName1: Greetings

MyName1: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Patsy, women who take HRT for more than 4 years have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Once you have stopped taking HRT for a while the risk goes back down.

MyName1: eddie

Dr. Regina Hampton: You ladies are awesome and such an inspiration

MyName1: eddie

breasthealthRN: Luiza, you should see a surgeon.

luiza: I got a letter that I should return for a mammogram in February

luiza: I got a letter that I should return for a mammogram in February

Patsy: thank you.

Patsy: thank you.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Luiza- I agree, you should see a surgeon

MyName1: i had breast cancer 2005

breasthealthRN: Luiza, you are having pain and it seems you are very worried about this. Please make an appointment to see a surgeon and get it taken care of!

MyName1: i had breast cancer 2005

luiza: mammography doesn't show any change or evidence of cancer, I am concerned because it hurts,

luiza: mammography doesn't show any change or evidence of cancer, I am concerned because it hurts,

Ashley: Hello! I am a college student and my mother died in 2002 from breast cancer. I am wondering when I should start going for mamograms.

Ashley: Hello! I am a college student and my mother died in 2002 from breast cancer. I am wondering when I should start going for mamograms.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Luiza-that is certainly a reason to have an evaluation by a surgeon

breasthealthRN: Ashley, how old was your mother when she was diagnosed?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Ashley-how old was your mother? Any other family members?

Ashley: I don't know. My mother kept it to herself. I didn't know she had breast cancer until the year she died.

Annie: lioza - I would urge you to find a good well respected breast surgeon and get a biopsy. It never hurts to be extra careful

Ashley: I don't know. My mother kept it to herself. I didn't know she had breast cancer until the year she died.

Annie: lioza - I would urge you to find a good well respected breast surgeon and get a biopsy. It never hurts to be extra careful

luiza: Thank you so much for the advise, I will make an appointment to see a surgeon, especially cancer runs in my family.

luiza: Thank you so much for the advise, I will make an appointment to see a surgeon, especially cancer runs in my family.

breasthealthRN: Ashley, how old was your mom when she died?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Luiza-With this new info, Please, please go see a surgeon

luiza: thank you so much, you helped me a lot.

VM: I have had a mamogram since the age of 35, I'm now 48. Results have always been negative. Periodically, I experience soreness in my right nipple with a slight indentation under the same breast. My oncologist is not alarmed, I am. What can I do?

luiza: thank you so much, you helped me a lot.

VM: I have had a mamogram since the age of 35, I'm now 48. Results have always been negative. Periodically, I experience soreness in my right nipple with a slight indentation under the same breast. My oncologist is not alarmed, I am. What can I do?

Ashley: She died when she was 44 years old. I have a great aunt who had breast cancer. Those are the only two instances of breast cancer in my family that I know of

Carmen: this past June after taking my mamogram test I was told I have cies

Ashley: She died when she was 44 years old. I have a great aunt who had breast cancer. Those are the only two instances of breast cancer in my family that I know of

Carmen: this past June after taking my mamogram test I was told I have cies

luiza: I am only 26.

luiza: I am only 26.

Dr. Regina Hampton: VM-it might be a good idea to be seen an evaluated by a breast surgeon

breasthealthRN: Ashley, it is recommended that you begin having mammograms 5-10 years earlier than your mom's diagnosis. Discuss with your doctor, but you might start your mammograms at 33-34 years of age.

Dr. Regina Hampton: We advocate breast surgeons because they will obtain a full history with risk factors, exam the breasts and look at the actual films to make a recommendations

eddie: i had breast cancer 2005 i have lost my job an my family health insurance and my 12 year kid just got over cancer jan 2008. i have had eo cancel by last to mamagrams 1st time because of my kids cancer , 2nd time lost insurance, is there a placethat it;s f

eddie: i had breast cancer 2005 i have lost my job an my family health insurance and my 12 year kid just got over cancer jan 2008. i have had eo cancel by last to mamagrams 1st time because of my kids cancer , 2nd time lost insurance, is there a placethat it;s f

breasthealthRN: Cysts are fluid filled lumps; some women are more prone to developing them.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Carmen-repeat your questions please

breasthealthRN: Eddie what county do you live in?

eddie: fauquier

Dr. Regina Hampton: DC & MD (I think VA too) have a program called Breast and Cervical Program (BCCP) that will do free mammograms

eddie: fauquier

Gigi: Greetings

Gigi: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: I am not as familiar with VA programs. Call the local health department for info

Ashley: Ok. Also, how would you suggest I go about finding out what type of breast cancer my mother had, when she was diagnosed, what types of treatment she was taking... etc

Ashley: Ok. Also, how would you suggest I go about finding out what type of breast cancer my mother had, when she was diagnosed, what types of treatment she was taking... etc

breasthealthRN: Eddie, I would check with Fauquier Hospital and the County health department; one of these should be able to help you find a low-cost/free mammogram.

MJ: I had a breast infections 3 yrs. in a row at about the same spot where the biopsy was done. I was told by 2 surgeons that there isn't a connection. I was 58 when I had the first; now at 62 it's DCIS. I find that difficult to believe??

MJ: I had a breast infections 3 yrs. in a row at about the same spot where the biopsy was done. I was told by 2 surgeons that there isn't a connection. I was 58 when I had the first; now at 62 it's DCIS. I find that difficult to believe??

MyName2: Greetings To anyone: I have a tendency to cry when I'm lying on the radiation table. Is this normal.?

JDG52A: Eddie, also try the Virginia Department of Health website: [www.vahealth.org]

MyName2: Greetings To anyone: I have a tendency to cry when I'm lying on the radiation table. Is this normal.?

eddie: thanks but i have and they did not know, so forget it

eddie: thanks but i have and they did not know, so forget it

breasthealthRN: Ashley, you should be able to obtain these records from the physician and hospital that treated your mother. You have to make the request in writing.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Ashley-you may have to contact your mothers physician/health care provider

Gigi: i had my first mammo in Feb, I am 36 and my mom had breast cancer, my 2 aunts as well. six months later i was told to repeat a sono. I am waiting for the results, but i was wondering should i seek out a special Dr. instead of my gyn. who reff. me ?

Gigi: i had my first mammo in Feb, I am 36 and my mom had breast cancer, my 2 aunts as well. six months later i was told to repeat a sono. I am waiting for the results, but i was wondering should i seek out a special Dr. instead of my gyn. who reff. me ?

breasthealthRN: Are you currently be treated for breast cancer? (The woman who cries on the radiation table.)

Dr. Regina Hampton: Crying is a natural emotion in the breast cancer journey.

Ashley: Ok. It is possible to obtain this information. Great. Thank you for your help.

Ashley: Ok. It is possible to obtain this information. Great. Thank you for your help.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Gigi-you can seek out a breast surgeon. If you go to the earlier discussion you can find some recommendations

breasthealthRN: Gigi, with your family history you should be followed by a breast surgeon as well as your GYN. You might also consider genetic testing.

Jody: Greetings I remember lying on the radiation table for the first time when I suddenly began crying ... it was scarey and emtional. I think crying is our way of releasing ... I think it is perfectly normal

Jody: Greetings I remember lying on the radiation table for the first time when I suddenly began crying ... it was scarey and emtional. I think crying is our way of releasing ... I think it is perfectly normal

MyName2: Crying on the radiation table. Yes, I have Stage 1 invasive breast cancer.

MyName is Margot: Greetings Dr. Regina I am 7 years suvivor, because I am doing a lot of lifting, 2 months ago , I start having a pain in my arm. I know they take out 13 limph nodes . What should I do ? I have to still working. Is there a law to protect us?l

MyName2: Crying on the radiation table. Yes, I have Stage 1 invasive breast cancer.

MyName is Margot: Greetings Dr. Regina I am 7 years suvivor, because I am doing a lot of lifting, 2 months ago , I start having a pain in my arm. I know they take out 13 limph nodes . What should I do ? I have to still working. Is there a law to protect us?l

breasthealthRN: Ladies, for those of us who have been diagnosed, remember, it's no walk in the park! Emotions can roller coaster!

Gigi: after two mammo and a sono i was told there are calcifications should i be concerned?

Gigi: after two mammo and a sono i was told there are calcifications should i be concerned?

Annie: Eddie - I would suggest you contact the American Cancer Society, tell then where you live - and your situation.

Annie: Eddie - I would suggest you contact the American Cancer Society, tell then where you live - and your situation.

Carmen: my mamogram back on June shows that I have cysts on both breast the doctor toll me not to worry cause they are small? but I am worry

Carmen: my mamogram back on June shows that I have cysts on both breast the doctor toll me not to worry cause they are small? but I am worry

Dr. Regina Hampton: I find myself shedding tears with my patients--and they say doctors shouldn't cry--phooey!

Dr. Regina Hampton: Margot-do you have lymphedema?

breasthealthRN: Calcifications can be a normal finding but can also be the earliest sign of a breast cancer. Have your mammogram films reviewed by a breast surgeon and maybe another radiologist.

Karen: Carmen, I had calsifications. It turned out to be DCIS. Have it checked further.

Karen: Carmen, I had calsifications. It turned out to be DCIS. Have it checked further.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Carmen- you may want to seek a breast surgeon who can fully evaluate you and give you peace of mind

breasthealthRN: Carmen, ask if your cysts can be aspirated--that's draining the fluid with a tiny needle. It doesn't hurt and might put your mind at ease.

Gigi: thanks I will, after seeing my mom go through a radicall mastectomy my hat goes off to all survivers!

Gigi: thanks I will, after seeing my mom go through a radicall mastectomy my hat goes off to all survivers!

noel: Greetings my si

Karen: sorry my last posting was for GiGi

VM: Dr. Hampton, please provide names of breast surgeon in the DC, MA, VA areas. Anyone at the Georgetown U Hospital Breast Cancer Center? Thank you.

noel: Greetings my si

Karen: sorry my last posting was for GiGi

VM: Dr. Hampton, please provide names of breast surgeon in the DC, MA, VA areas. Anyone at the Georgetown U Hospital Breast Cancer Center? Thank you.

May: I had 22 lymph nodes removed and none of them were cancerous. I have stage 1, grade 2 invasive BC . I had lumpectemy surgery on 9/10 and still am sore under my arm and part of the breast. Will this ever disappear? I do exercise my arm every day.

May: I had 22 lymph nodes removed and none of them were cancerous. I have stage 1, grade 2 invasive BC . I had lumpectemy surgery on 9/10 and still am sore under my arm and part of the breast. Will this ever disappear? I do exercise my arm every day.

Gigi: DCIS what is that?

Gigi: DCIS what is that?

Carmen: thank you for all your answers I will make an appointment with a surgeon thank you so much

Dr. Regina Hampton: VM-you can scroll up to the earlier part of the discussion and see some recommendations

Carmen: thank you for all your answers I will make an appointment with a surgeon thank you so much

Dr. Regina Hampton: Georgetown-Dr. Willey

MJ: Is it true that cancer (DCIS) after 60 isn't considered heritary?

MJ: Is it true that cancer (DCIS) after 60 isn't considered heritary?

MyName is Margot: How can I know if I have lymphedema? it's pain, it is not sweling?

MyName is Margot: How can I know if I have lymphedema? it's pain, it is not sweling?

breasthealthRN: May, it does take a while for numbness and pain to subside. Please continue to exercise your arm.

MyName3: Greetings

MyName3: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: May-the pain can last months because there are littel nerves that run through the underarm. The nerves grow very slow.

breasthealthRN: DCIS is Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, or cancer that is in the ducts only.

MyName4: Greetings

MyName4: Greetings

tati: Greetings

tati: Greetings

Mary: Greetings

Mary: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Margot, watch for subtle signs like inability to close your fist completely, or your rings, watch or sleeve cuff are tight. These are signs that your arm has slight swelling. Also, your arm might feel heavy.

tati: I just completed the last chemo and would like to know when I am going to get my hair back

Gigi: would there be any warning signs for DCIS?

tati: I just completed the last chemo and would like to know when I am going to get my hair back

Gigi: would there be any warning signs for DCIS?

Mary: Someone is asking for a breast surgeon: I had a masectomy this Spring. I've compared my experience with many people and it seems that I lucked out with an excellent surgeon: Richard Brenner in Northern Virginia.

Mary: Someone is asking for a breast surgeon: I had a masectomy this Spring. I've compared my experience with many people and it seems that I lucked out with an excellent surgeon: Richard Brenner in Northern Virginia.

breasthealthRN: Gigi, DCIS usually is found on a mammogram; rarely will it form a lump.

breasthealthRN: Tati, everyone's hair grows back differently. Some women get some hair back before completing treatment. I know it is difficult to be patient!

Annie: tati - I giess everone is different, but, it took about 4 months for me to get a good head of hair - short but full. And, curly too! Always, had straight hair.

Annie: tati - I giess everone is different, but, it took about 4 months for me to get a good head of hair - short but full. And, curly too! Always, had straight hair.

MyName4: Greetings I just found out that calicium deposits showed up on my mamogram and they want more images what does that meat

MyName4: Greetings I just found out that calicium deposits showed up on my mamogram and they want more images what does that meat

melanie: Greetings

tati: Thanks. also I have a port placed for the treatment; is it a good idea to remove it sooner ?? thanks

melanie: Greetings

tati: Thanks. also I have a port placed for the treatment; is it a good idea to remove it sooner ?? thanks

MyName5: Greetings Breast Surgeons? there is a great one at Anne Arundel Medical Center Breast Center- Dr. Tafra.

Mary: Also someone is asking about biopsy: I had an excellent experience with Washington Radiology (the Chevy Chase location). When I was totally freaking out from finding my lump they took me immediately.

MyName5: Greetings Breast Surgeons? there is a great one at Anne Arundel Medical Center Breast Center- Dr. Tafra.

Mary: Also someone is asking about biopsy: I had an excellent experience with Washington Radiology (the Chevy Chase location). When I was totally freaking out from finding my lump they took me immediately.

Gigi: Thanks so much, this chat has been more informative then when I spoked to my Dr. although she seemed concerned, maybe even more concerned then I was, I just did not know what questions to ask.

Gigi: Thanks so much, this chat has been more informative then when I spoked to my Dr. although she seemed concerned, maybe even more concerned then I was, I just did not know what questions to ask.

Dr. Regina Hampton: calcifications could be non-cancerous or an early cancer. Be sure to follow up and get the additional images

Annie: Tati - I kept my port in until I had my first complete check up...6 months after I finished chemo. I would check with your surgeon.

Annie: Tati - I kept my port in until I had my first complete check up...6 months after I finished chemo. I would check with your surgeon.

noel: my sister had one breast removed when she had one month of treatment to go she starting losing feelings in her hands and her treatment had to be broken down into treatment for one month after this was completed she is having terrable foot and leg pain

noel: my sister had one breast removed when she had one month of treatment to go she starting losing feelings in her hands and her treatment had to be broken down into treatment for one month after this was completed she is having terrable foot and leg pain

VM: Is Dr. Willey a breast surgeon at Georgetown U Hospital

VM: Is Dr. Willey a breast surgeon at Georgetown U Hospital

breasthealthRN: Tati, check with your surgeon.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Tati-your medical oncologist can tell you when the port should be removed

breasthealthRN: VM, Dr. Willey is a breast surgeon at Georgetown

Dr. Regina Hampton: Dr. Willey is a breast surgeon

MyName5: Greetings breast surgeon-at washington hosp center-dr marc boisvert-excellent

MyName5: Greetings breast surgeon-at washington hosp center-dr marc boisvert-excellent

VM: Thank you very much. I am so afraid!!

VM: Thank you very much. I am so afraid!!

breasthealthRN: Other good breast surgeons are Dr. Katherine Alley and Dr. Pamela Wright (Montgomery County)

MyName9: Greetings

MyName9: Greetings

Mary: VM, I was terrified too. It gets better.

Mary: VM, I was terrified too. It gets better.

Annie: My breast surgeon is Dr. Betsy Ballard, Silver Spring..she operates at Holy Cross and Suburban in Montgomery County. She is wonderful

Annie: My breast surgeon is Dr. Betsy Ballard, Silver Spring..she operates at Holy Cross and Suburban in Montgomery County. She is wonderful

Dr. Regina Hampton: I know all of these surgeons and they are all great and are members of the American Society of Breast Surgeons

Gigi: any surgeons in prince georges county

Gigi: any surgeons in prince georges county

Jody: I have worked with Dr. Kirsten Edmiston at Fairfax and she is wonderful ... she is a great surgeon and a very compassionate doctor. She is also very committed to the issue of breast cancer.

Jody: I have worked with Dr. Kirsten Edmiston at Fairfax and she is wonderful ... she is a great surgeon and a very compassionate doctor. She is also very committed to the issue of breast cancer.

MyName9: Has anyone heard of Dr. David Brenin at UVA?

MyName9: Has anyone heard of Dr. David Brenin at UVA?

breasthealthRN: All these MD's have great reputations--find one that fits YOU.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Gigi--I am a breast surgeon in PG county. My office is in Greenbelt

tati: thanks a lot; it really helped.

tati: thanks a lot; it really helped.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Find a surgeon that you are comfortable with. Don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion

Gigi: i will txs

Gigi: i will txs

Dr. Regina Hampton: I do not know Dr. Brenin

MyNameMaxine: I was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks ago and am scheduled for surgery in about a week. Can someone tell me what to expect?

breasthealthRN: I agree with Dr. Hampton. A good physician will not be upset if you seek a 2nd opinion.

MyNameMaxine: I was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks ago and am scheduled for surgery in about a week. Can someone tell me what to expect?

Annie: To find a good breast surgeon - be agressive, ask questions, don't be shy. This is your body, and you have every right to find the one who fits you best. I had to fire my first one, and she is supposed to be one of the very best in Montgomery County.

Annie: To find a good breast surgeon - be agressive, ask questions, don't be shy. This is your body, and you have every right to find the one who fits you best. I had to fire my first one, and she is supposed to be one of the very best in Montgomery County.

tati: during the show I heard about 96% 5 year survival for early detected breast cancer. Does that apply for stage 2 as well

breasthealthRN: Maxine, do you know what type of surgery you are having?

SueKD: Another excellent oncologist is Claudine Isaacs at Georgetown University Hospita. They also have Kim Davis, PhD, who offers counseling to cancer patients.

SueKD: Another excellent oncologist is Claudine Isaacs at Georgetown University Hospita. They also have Kim Davis, PhD, who offers counseling to cancer patients.

MyNameMaxine: a total masectomy

MyNameMaxine: a total masectomy

tati: does anyone recommend an oncologist at Providence?

Mary: I had a masectomy a few months ago. If you have a specific question I can tell you my experience.

Mary: I had a masectomy a few months ago. If you have a specific question I can tell you my experience.

breasthealthRN: Maxine, to get a complete picture of what to expect I would suggest you speak with the nurse at your surgeon's office and find out if there is a nurse navigator at the hospital where you will be having your surgery.

mo: Greetings

mo: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Maxine-I would recommend you sit down with your surgeon to get the full picture

breasthealthRN: Maxine, the American Cancer Society can also arrange for you to speak with another woman who had surgery similar to yours.

Karen: Maxine I had a mastecomy in march. If you have any questions feel free to ask

Karen: Maxine I had a mastecomy in march. If you have any questions feel free to ask

Mary: My oncologist Dr Anne Favret (northern virginia) is also excellent and she had recommended Claudine Issacs for a 2nd opinion. However, I had a difficult time just getting a first appt at Georgetown. It was a hassle - lots of phone messages back and fort

SueKD: There is an excellent conference for breast cancer (as well as ovarian cancer) patients once annualy held by FORCE (facingourrisk.org). It is on May 16 and 17 in Orlando. My family has been 3 times and wouldn't miss it. You can register on-line.

Mary: My oncologist Dr Anne Favret (northern virginia) is also excellent and she had recommended Claudine Issacs for a 2nd opinion. However, I had a difficult time just getting a first appt at Georgetown. It was a hassle - lots of phone messages back and fort

SueKD: There is an excellent conference for breast cancer (as well as ovarian cancer) patients once annualy held by FORCE (facingourrisk.org). It is on May 16 and 17 in Orlando. My family has been 3 times and wouldn't miss it. You can register on-line.

Annie: Maxine, you can also talk with other surviviors. Call the American Cancer Society and they will connect you with a buddy. Thats what I did, and I began to feel really good after I spoke to her the first time. I also go online and did a lot of reserch.

breasthealthRN: SueKD, FORCE is a great organization.

Annie: Maxine, you can also talk with other surviviors. Call the American Cancer Society and they will connect you with a buddy. Thats what I did, and I began to feel really good after I spoke to her the first time. I also go online and did a lot of reserch.

SueKD: Absolutely

mo: Does anyont have any early detection advise for someone without insurance? I have been told in the past that I have "cysic breast". This has been over ten years ago...numbers rise my fears grow.

SueKD: Absolutely

mo: Does anyont have any early detection advise for someone without insurance? I have been told in the past that I have "cysic breast". This has been over ten years ago...numbers rise my fears grow.

breasthealthRN: All of you ladies are giving excellent advice!

SueKD: Does anyone here have a family history?

breasthealthRN: MO, where do you live? You might qualify for free/low cost care.

SueKD: Does anyone here have a family history?

Dr. Regina Hampton: mo-contact your local health depart or American Cancer Society to find a place that does free mammo's

RITA: Greetings NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE COVERED THIS. A LUMP WAS FOUND ON MY RIGHT BREAST ONE YEAR AGO. DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR I HAD 3 MAMOS AND ULTRASOUNDS. THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS THE LUMP IS THE SAME SIZE. SHOULD I HAVE GOTTEN A BIOPSY

RITA: Greetings NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE COVERED THIS. A LUMP WAS FOUND ON MY RIGHT BREAST ONE YEAR AGO. DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR I HAD 3 MAMOS AND ULTRASOUNDS. THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS THE LUMP IS THE SAME SIZE. SHOULD I HAVE GOTTEN A BIOPSY

mo: I live in Warrenton, VA. am a single parent of two beautiful girls and have been told that I make too much money to qualify for medicaid.

mo: I live in Warrenton, VA. am a single parent of two beautiful girls and have been told that I make too much money to qualify for medicaid.

breasthealthRN: Rita, I'm a firm believer that all lumps warrant a biopsy. Have you seen a breast surgeon for a consultation?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Rita-I would recommend you get evaluated by a breast surgeon

MyName6: Greetings I heard cancer will feed on the sugar we put into our bodies?

MyName6: Greetings I heard cancer will feed on the sugar we put into our bodies?

JDG52A: Mo -- try the VA dept of Health' website: [www.vahealth.org]

Marie: Yet The Breast Cancer: The Journey program said that soy is beneficial.

Anne: I was just recently diagnois w/ DCIS, which I understand to be a zero stage of early detection of breast cancer, not sure of what my treatment should be

kim: Greetings I just had a sonogram and was told to come back in 6 months is that normal?

sykc: Greetings I have a question about mamograms. I have one every year and have had since 30, but I always have to go back in for a second and third mamograms. We have a strong history of cancer in my family. Would you recommend another type of testing?

Sab: Greetings

Rose: Greetings I have been feeling a severe pain in my breast since last Saturday night. I have researched this and have found that this is normally not cancer. However, I do want to get it checked out as quickly as possible. Is there any recommendations

Eve: Ms Judy Macon: I saw on the TV just now of a clinic where we could go for breast screening by padding equipment. May I know the clinic name for the screening?

mo: Dr. Hampton- thank you, I had not thought to contact the ACS for local advise.

SueKD: Rita - A doctor could do a Fine Needle Aspiration on your lump to determine what it is.

MyName9: any info on the breast surgeons and oncologists at UVA?

Marie: Greetings

SueKD: If anyone is interested, the best book on mastectomies and reconstruction is The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook - 2nd Edition, by Kathy Steligo. It's on Amazon. It is written by a breast cancer survivor and is the most thorough book I have ever seen.

Marie: Hi, I've a question re soy.

Pam: I am a 3 yr triple negative breast cancer survivor. I was Stage IIa at diagnosis. Is there a time period when recurrence is at its peak?

Anne: Greetings

Marie: I've heard that the phyto-estrogens in soy are not good for breast cancer survivors, and I've stopped eating soy.

RITA: I HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN BY A SURGEON. IF THE LUMP HAS BEEN THE SAME SIZE FOR A YEAR. WHAT IS THE LIKELHOOD THAT IT IS BC.

mo: If the family history question was for me - no, not with breast cancer but, with several other types. Colon, throat, testicular and too many more to list.

RITA: MY PRIMARY CARE ADVISED THAT IT DIDN'T APPEAR CANCEROUS AND THAT AT SOME POINT THE LUMP WOULD PROBABLY GET HARD DUE TO CALCIFICATION AND THEN IT SHOULD BE REMOVED. YOUT THOUGHS ON THE CALCIFICATION.

Aimee: Greetings

kim: Greetings I just had a sonogram and was told to come back in 6 months is that normal?

MyName: Greetings

MyName: Greetings

SueKD: Kim - how old are you?

breasthealthRN: Diet and breast cancer is still somewhat of a mystery. I think the best advice is to eat a heart-healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Aimee: How can you tell the difference between "lumpy" breasts and a lump of concern?

SueKD: Kim - how old are you?

Aimee: How can you tell the difference between "lumpy" breasts and a lump of concern?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Rita- Please contact a breast surgeon

kim: 48

Sab: my mother was just diagnosed with BC. She has been having mammograms since she was in her 40's. She skipped one last year and now must have surgury. Does cancer grow so quickly?

kim: 48

Sab: my mother was just diagnosed with BC. She has been having mammograms since she was in her 40's. She skipped one last year and now must have surgury. Does cancer grow so quickly?

SueKD: Sab - is there any other family history?

SueKD: Sab - is there any other family history?

kim: i have a history of breast cancer in my family

breasthealthRN: Eve, I'm not sure what you are referring to. Could you supply more information?

kim: i have a history of breast cancer in my family

Sab: there was no history of cancer in our family - what does this now mean for me adn my daughter

Sab: there was no history of cancer in our family - what does this now mean for me adn my daughter

Dr. Regina Hampton: kim- a 6 mo follow up can be recommended. It might be a good idea to seek out a 2nd opinion

Carol: Greetings I am wondering about Zometa infusion - I am 56, was diagnosed in 04, chemo, radiation - now have osteoporosis- Dr recommends infusion every 6 months -but for some reason it really scares me - has anyone had this?

Carol: Greetings I am wondering about Zometa infusion - I am 56, was diagnosed in 04, chemo, radiation - now have osteoporosis- Dr recommends infusion every 6 months -but for some reason it really scares me - has anyone had this?

SueKD: Kim - please check our facingourrisk.org and if possible, come to the conference on May 16 and 17 - you will never regret it.

SueKD: Kim - please check our facingourrisk.org and if possible, come to the conference on May 16 and 17 - you will never regret it.

breasthealthRN: Pam, most breast cancer recur in the first 5 years, but that does not mean a cancer after this time would not come back.

kim: where is the conference?

kim: where is the conference?

breasthealthRN: Rita, calcifications can be removed via a core needle biopsy. Check with a breast surgeon or your mammography facility.

Dr. Regina Hampton: sorry ladies, I think there was a delay on the web. If we did not answer your question, please send it again

SueKD: Orlando. It truly is fantastic. If you want to e-mail me, my e-mail is usan.davis1@cox.net">susan.davis1@cox.net

SueKD: Orlando. It truly is fantastic. If you want to e-mail me, my e-mail is usan.davis1@cox.net">susan.davis1@cox.net

Sab: my mother's dr. also said the cancer she has is teh most difficult to see because it looks like muscle. although she compalined about a sore breast adn they kept saying it was muscle. Please explain this type of BC

Sab: my mother's dr. also said the cancer she has is teh most difficult to see because it looks like muscle. although she compalined about a sore breast adn they kept saying it was muscle. Please explain this type of BC

Aimee: How can you tell the difference between "lumpy" breasts and a lump of concern?

Aimee: How can you tell the difference between "lumpy" breasts and a lump of concern?

Pam: Thank you. The alcohol recommendations seem to be geared toward ER positive breast cancer, does it also apply to ER negative? I try to do all I can.

Pam: Thank you. The alcohol recommendations seem to be geared toward ER positive breast cancer, does it also apply to ER negative? I try to do all I can.

breasthealthRN: Aimee, it can be difficult to sort out lumpiness vs a lump. Someone once told me this analogy: imagine your breasts are bowls of oatmeal on your chest. Now imagine a pea, bee-bee or marble in your breast. You'd know the difference@\!

RITA: MANY THANKS TO YOU AND CHANNEL 9

RITA: MANY THANKS TO YOU AND CHANNEL 9

mo: Thank you all for you assistance. I have three new areas to research. Blessings and prayers to you all.

sykc: I have a question about mamograms. I have one every year and have had since 30, but I always have to go back in for a second and third mamograms. We have a strong history of cancer in my family. Would you recommend another type of testing?

mo: Thank you all for you assistance. I have three new areas to research. Blessings and prayers to you all.

sykc: I have a question about mamograms. I have one every year and have had since 30, but I always have to go back in for a second and third mamograms. We have a strong history of cancer in my family. Would you recommend another type of testing?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Aimee-it depends on what your films show and what your breast exam feels like

SueKD: I was always small, and wondered whether I could ever detect a lump. When it turned up, there was no doubt. You will know it.

SueKD: I was always small, and wondered whether I could ever detect a lump. When it turned up, there was no doubt. You will know it.

Anne: in regards to surgery for breast cancer, does it matter if you decide to go with a general surgeon or a breast cancer surgeon

Anne: in regards to surgery for breast cancer, does it matter if you decide to go with a general surgeon or a breast cancer surgeon

Carol: Greetings I am wondering about Zometa infusion - I am 56, was diagnosed in 04, chemo, radiation - now have osteoporosis- Dr recommends infusion every 6 months -but for some reason it really scares me - does anyone have advice on this?

Dr. Regina Hampton: sykc-you should be evaluated at a comprehensive breast center with a breast surgeon

Sab: are you getting my questions

Carol: Greetings I am wondering about Zometa infusion - I am 56, was diagnosed in 04, chemo, radiation - now have osteoporosis- Dr recommends infusion every 6 months -but for some reason it really scares me - does anyone have advice on this?

SueKD: Sykc - please check out the website at facingourrisk.org, or e-mail me at usan.davis1@cox.net">susan.davis1@cox.net

MyName is Margot: Maxine, make sure if you have cancer. 7 years ago, as soon as the doctor told me you have cancer . I was desperately ... and hurry to remove the breast . Now I'm still wonder if I really have cancer or not.

Sab: are you getting my questions

MyName is Margot: Maxine, make sure if you have cancer. 7 years ago, as soon as the doctor told me you have cancer . I was desperately ... and hurry to remove the breast . Now I'm still wonder if I really have cancer or not.

Dr. Regina Hampton: If you have lumpy breasts--a digital mammogram is best

SueKD: Sykc - please check out the website at facingourrisk.org, or e-mail me at usan.davis1@cox.net">susan.davis1@cox.net

breasthealthRN: sykc, ask your doctor to order a diagnostic mammogram so that you don't have to keep going back. Also, discuss whether a sonogram and/or breast MRI might be of benefit.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Sab-please send us your question again

Dr. Regina Hampton: l

Sab: my mom skipped her mammogram last year but has been going since she was in her 40's. there is no history of cancer in teh family, can the cancer grow so quickly?

Sab: my mom skipped her mammogram last year but has been going since she was in her 40's. there is no history of cancer in teh family, can the cancer grow so quickly?

breasthealthRN: Carol, I've been reading about recent studies with Zometa...sounds good! Please discuss with your doctor and/or go to the National Cancer Institute website and read about it.

SueKD: Young women ususally have dense breast tissue, making it more difficult to define what a lump might be. In my family, we have the BRCA mutation, and my 23-year old daughter just began having MRIs in conjunction with mammograms

SueKD: Young women ususally have dense breast tissue, making it more difficult to define what a lump might be. In my family, we have the BRCA mutation, and my 23-year old daughter just began having MRIs in conjunction with mammograms

ml: I recently had a breast biopsy surgery. It took 9 days to get my results! Why so long?

ml: I recently had a breast biopsy surgery. It took 9 days to get my results! Why so long?

Aimee: My Dr. said I have lumpy breasts, but I am only 29. Would you recommend starting already with digital mammos?

Aimee: My Dr. said I have lumpy breasts, but I am only 29. Would you recommend starting already with digital mammos?

sykc: When the radiologist report comes back it always says the same thing-dense breast tissue. Is that an issue or a norm?

sykc: When the radiologist report comes back it always says the same thing-dense breast tissue. Is that an issue or a norm?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Sab-it is possible for it to grow that quickly. 1 year can be a long time

kim: do you think I need to be tested if both mother and grandmother and a few aunts all had breast cancer

kim: do you think I need to be tested if both mother and grandmother and a few aunts all had breast cancer

SueKD: Sab - I had a mammorgram in August of 03 that was negative, by December I had cancer...so I would say at least sometimes, yes, they can grow quickly.

SueKD: Sab - I had a mammorgram in August of 03 that was negative, by December I had cancer...so I would say at least sometimes, yes, they can grow quickly.

Sab: what does this now mean for me? I am 36

Sab: what does this now mean for me? I am 36

breasthealthRN: ml I don't know why it took so long. It is certainly appropriate to ask your physician.

Dr. Regina Hampton: ml-most results are available in less than 5 days unless additional tests were needed

Dr. Regina Hampton: Aimee- an ultrasound might be a good test to start with. But I recommend a full evaluation

Sab: the Dr. also said my mom's cancer was hard to detect because it looks like muscle. She complained about a sore breast and was told it was only muscle. Please explain this type of cancer

Sab: the Dr. also said my mom's cancer was hard to detect because it looks like muscle. She complained about a sore breast and was told it was only muscle. Please explain this type of cancer

MyName: Greetings

MyName: Greetings

Gigi: would anyone say that a vegetarian diet is best for preventing breast cancer?

Gigi: would anyone say that a vegetarian diet is best for preventing breast cancer?

breasthealthRN: sab, You don't say how old your mom is now, but certainly begin mammograms at 40 and have one every year. You might also want to have 2 physician exams every year--one with your GYN and one with a breast surgeon. And don't forget to do monthy BSE.

Dr Regina Hampton: Eve- I saw on the TV just now of a clinic where we could go for breast screening by padding equipment. May I know any such clinic in DC downtown area.

Dr Regina Hampton: Eve- I saw on the TV just now of a clinic where we could go for breast screening by padding equipment. May I know any such clinic in DC downtown area.

MyName1: Greetings Dee, I'd like to know where one can get a DIGITAL mamo in MD?

MyName1: Greetings Dee, I'd like to know where one can get a DIGITAL mamo in MD?

judyds: please tell me what triple negative means with 2nd breast cancer diagnosis

judyds: please tell me what triple negative means with 2nd breast cancer diagnosis

Dr. Regina Hampton: sykc-dense breast tissue is common in young women. I am personally never comfortable with that reading and usually order an ultrasound in addition

breasthealthRN: Gigi, we don't know about the best diet for preventing breast cancer. Studies do show that maintaining your normal body weight is important in reducing risk.

MyName2: Greetings

MyName2: Greetings

breasthealthRN: You can get a digital mammogram at GCM/Suburban Imaging in Bethesda--301-897-5656

Patrice: I've metastatic breast cancer to my bone, lung, ovaries and lungs. I have 18 yr old and a 6 yr old. Should I be tested for the gene to see if they would be affected. There was no history of breast cancer in my family. Your advise is appreciated.

Patrice: I've metastatic breast cancer to my bone, lung, ovaries and lungs. I have 18 yr old and a 6 yr old. Should I be tested for the gene to see if they would be affected. There was no history of breast cancer in my family. Your advise is appreciated.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Triple negative means that your breast cancer cells do not make receptors for estrogen, progesterone or Her2, which limits the number of medications that can be used in your treatment

Carmen: anyone knows a contact number for a surgeon in Springfield - Fairfax

Carmen: anyone knows a contact number for a surgeon in Springfield - Fairfax

breasthealthRN: Patrice, if you were diagnosed before age 50 I would consider genetic testing.

sykc: I am not all that young, mid 40s. We have a strong cancer in the family from pancreatic, lung, colon.

sykc: I am not all that young, mid 40s. We have a strong cancer in the family from pancreatic, lung, colon.

breasthealthRN: sykc, you are a spring chicken!!! The breast/ovarian hereditary cancers can also show pancreatic and colon cancers, as well.

Dr. Regina Hampton: j

judyds: Thank you--how or why does this triple negative develop?

Lamour: Greetings My sister-in-law is currently battling triple negative breast cancer. She has had a mastectomy. Dr. Oz metnioned about estrogen producing foods, but that does not apply to her right?

judyds: Thank you--how or why does this triple negative develop?

Sab: please explain how breast cancer can show up as muscle. My mom complained about a sore breast and was told it is only muscle. Dr. said it was the hardest cancer to detect. Please explain why it is hard to detect and how long can it be there before it i

Sab: please explain how breast cancer can show up as muscle. My mom complained about a sore breast and was told it is only muscle. Dr. said it was the hardest cancer to detect. Please explain why it is hard to detect and how long can it be there before it i

Victorianne: Greetings

Victorianne: I have Breast Cancer and my father has colon cancer, I was told that the link of breast cancer is from my Father. Is that true and why is Herceptin so rough on the body?

Victorianne: Greetings

Victorianne: I have Breast Cancer and my father has colon cancer, I was told that the link of breast cancer is from my Father. Is that true and why is Herceptin so rough on the body?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Sab-it is difficult to say without looking at the films

SueKD: Triple negative means the growth was estrogen negative, progesterone negative, and HER2 negative.

SueKD: Triple negative means the growth was estrogen negative, progesterone negative, and HER2 negative.

breasthealthRN: Sab, I'm not sure I have enough information on what your mother's physician told you and your mom. I would ask him/her for a better explanation.

Sab: how can I help my mom through recovery from the surgury and chemo

Sab: how can I help my mom through recovery from the surgury and chemo

Cheryl: Greetings

Cheryl: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: V-most people with breast ca do not have a family history. Colon could be related but genectic tests could help answer that question

Sab: are there support groups for children

Sab: are there support groups for children

Nanu: Greetings

MyName3: Greetings

Nanu: Greetings

MyName3: Greetings

SueKD: There are two excellent genetic counselors at Georgetown University Hospital - Tiffani DeMarco and Beth Peshkin. The phone number there is 202-687-2733

SueKD: There are two excellent genetic counselors at Georgetown University Hospital - Tiffani DeMarco and Beth Peshkin. The phone number there is 202-687-2733

Patrice: I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at age 31. Should my sister be tested for the gene since there wasn't family history

Patrice: I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at age 31. Should my sister be tested for the gene since there wasn't family history

Dr. Regina Hampton: Sab-love and support, helping her decrease the stress in life and helping her remain positive

breasthealthRN: Victorianne, hereditary breast cancer can be passed from either your mom's side or your dad's side. Have either you or your father had genetic testing?

breasthealthRN: Genetic testing is also done at Suburban Hospital.

Carol: Sab - ask her what will help, pay attention and offer to help when you can - even if it doesnot seem like much to you - it will mean teh world to her

Lamour: any infoprmation on the success of using avastin combined with the new drug ixtempera (mispelled?) ?

breasthealthRN: Sab I think "Life With Cancer" in Fairfax offers these types of support groups.

Carol: Sab - ask her what will help, pay attention and offer to help when you can - even if it doesnot seem like much to you - it will mean teh world to her

Dr. Regina Hampton: Patrice-i woul recommend you and your sister speak with your oncologist and/or genectic counselor

Lamour: any infoprmation on the success of using avastin combined with the new drug ixtempera (mispelled?) ?

Victorianne: Is Herceptin worth the risk of damage to the heart. i am having problems, will my body heal or is the problem permn.

SueKD: Patrice - Please check with Tiffani DeMarco at 202-687-2733 - she's a genetic counselor. We attend group meetings with her.

Victorianne: Is Herceptin worth the risk of damage to the heart. i am having problems, will my body heal or is the problem permn.

SueKD: Patrice - Please check with Tiffani DeMarco at 202-687-2733 - she's a genetic counselor. We attend group meetings with her.

Sab: thanks and g-d bless you all

MyName4: Greetings

Sab: thanks and g-d bless you all

MyName4: Greetings

Victorianne: I was sched. but then my Father was diagn. and things are on hold.

breasthealthRN: Patrice it is always more informative to perform genetic testing on someone who is affected with breast/ovarian cancer.

Victorianne: I was sched. but then my Father was diagn. and things are on hold.

SueKD: I met a woman going through treatment for ovarian cancer - the first diagnosis of either that or breast cancer in her family. As it turned out, it was her father that passed the mutation on to her.

SueKD: I met a woman going through treatment for ovarian cancer - the first diagnosis of either that or breast cancer in her family. As it turned out, it was her father that passed the mutation on to her.

Patrice: Is genetic testing done at Doctors Community Hospital. Thanks for the info SueKD.

Patrice: Is genetic testing done at Doctors Community Hospital. Thanks for the info SueKD.

breasthealthRN: Victorianne, all medicines have risks along with benefits. Discuss with your oncologist.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Lamour-every patietn will respond differently.

Cheryl: I had dcis-stage1 grade 3, I chose mastecomy in June '08, dr said if i go thru taxotere chemo i would get leukemia, do you know about this?

Cheryl: I had dcis-stage1 grade 3, I chose mastecomy in June '08, dr said if i go thru taxotere chemo i would get leukemia, do you know about this?

breasthealthRN: Patrice, I don't know about Doctors Community. Johns Hopkins and Suburban perform the test.

Anne: Dr. Hampton, can you give me some insight on DCIS

Anne: Dr. Hampton, can you give me some insight on DCIS

Dr. Regina Hampton: Patrice, you can contact my office and we can get you tested: 301-474-5701

Dr. Regina Hampton: Anne-what is your specific question

Cheryl: ductal carcinoma in situ high grade

SueKD: Cheryl - I had "TAC' chemotherapy - taxotere, adrimycin, and cytoxin - I never heard anyone mention leukemia.

Nanu: I completed chemo and radiation after breast cancer diagnosis in 2007. Also had mastectomy on left breast as a result and nodes taken from left due to positive reading. 1st on remidix and then fermora. My Cancer is estrogen/progesterone positive.

Cheryl: ductal carcinoma in situ high grade

SueKD: Cheryl - I had "TAC' chemotherapy - taxotere, adrimycin, and cytoxin - I never heard anyone mention leukemia.

Nanu: I completed chemo and radiation after breast cancer diagnosis in 2007. Also had mastectomy on left breast as a result and nodes taken from left due to positive reading. 1st on remidix and then fermora. My Cancer is estrogen/progesterone positive.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Cheryl-many chemo meds can cause leukemia or decrease in blood cells. Your oncologist will follow you closely

kim: do you do genetic testing for someone whos mother & grandmother had breast cancer?

kim: do you do genetic testing for someone whos mother & grandmother had breast cancer?

SueKD: Nanu - are you taking arimidex?

SueKD: Nanu - are you taking arimidex?

Anne: I was just recently diagnois with DCIS in my L breast and I was wondering what the recommendation of treatment is for this

Anne: I was just recently diagnois with DCIS in my L breast and I was wondering what the recommendation of treatment is for this

breasthealthRN: Kim, it's certainly worth a consultation and discussion.

Cheryl: dr at john hopkins told me there was a very good possibility i would get leukemia if i went thru chemo, called taxotere, his name was dr stanley watkins...(excuse the writing i am not a typist & sometimes keyboard skips letters)

Cheryl: dr at john hopkins told me there was a very good possibility i would get leukemia if i went thru chemo, called taxotere, his name was dr stanley watkins...(excuse the writing i am not a typist & sometimes keyboard skips letters)

Patrice: Thank you so much for the information shared and thank you to channel 9 for providing this forum where we can get our questions answered from the experts. This is awesome!

SueKD: Usually genetic testing is suggested if you have a first or second degree relative who was diagnosed...especially if the person was under age 50 at diagnosis.

Patrice: Thank you so much for the information shared and thank you to channel 9 for providing this forum where we can get our questions answered from the experts. This is awesome!

SueKD: Usually genetic testing is suggested if you have a first or second degree relative who was diagnosed...especially if the person was under age 50 at diagnosis.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Anne-there are many options for DCIS including lumpectomy with radiation OR mastectomy. I would advise you to sit down with your surgeon to review all the options

kim: where do i call for consultation and discussion.

Monique: Greetings

Jody: I am still on the fence about getting the genetic testing done ... I am a jewish woman from eastern european descent ... I was diagnosed at 45 ( 9 years ago) and my mother was diagnosed two years later. I have a daughter, 3 sisters, how would this help...

breasthealthRN: SueKD, this is true, but you need to look at the entire family history. For example, I've seen families with no 1st degree relatives but many of the 1st cousins have had breast/ovarian cancers.

Anne: ok, thanks Dr. Hampton

Jody: I am still on the fence about getting the genetic testing done ... I am a jewish woman from eastern european descent ... I was diagnosed at 45 ( 9 years ago) and my mother was diagnosed two years later. I have a daughter, 3 sisters, how would this help...

Anne: ok, thanks Dr. Hampton

Barbara: Greetings

Rose: Greetings I have experienced severe pain in one breast for a week. I have had 3 previous needle excisions and all have been negative. I have never experienced this pain and I have been able to recreate this pain with a home breast exam.Recommendations?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Kim-where are you located?

Barbara: Greetings

Rose: Greetings I have experienced severe pain in one breast for a week. I have had 3 previous needle excisions and all have been negative. I have never experienced this pain and I have been able to recreate this pain with a home breast exam.Recommendations?

Nanu: I've had 3 more lumps and had biopsy-subsequent was benign. Some secretion. Should I have profelactic mastectomy of rt. breast even though cancer was on left & I had that mastectomy already. Q2: After radiation muscle tight-doing therapy-other suggest.?

Nanu: I've had 3 more lumps and had biopsy-subsequent was benign. Some secretion. Should I have profelactic mastectomy of rt. breast even though cancer was on left & I had that mastectomy already. Q2: After radiation muscle tight-doing therapy-other suggest.?

SueKD: It's interesting to listen to Andrea on tv while I write this. She came to my home to interview me, my sister, and my daughter last winter because we have so many people affected by the BRCA mutation.

kim: beltsville md

breasthealthRN: Kim, please call 301-896-2445 and we'll make arrangements for you.

SueKD: It's interesting to listen to Andrea on tv while I write this. She came to my home to interview me, my sister, and my daughter last winter because we have so many people affected by the BRCA mutation.

kim: beltsville md

Dr. Regina Hampton: Genetic testing will give you info to help make decisions

MyName is Margot: Dr.Regina I am already stop taking Tamoxifen . around 2 years the oncologist prescribe me another medication but I am afraid to take it because the side efects. I would like still taking Tamoxifen , can she prescribe me again??

Marilyn: Hello, I just joined the forum so I don't know if this question was asked. Here it is, what is your feeling about homeopathic treatment for breast cancer as suppose to traditional treatment?

MyName is Margot: Dr.Regina I am already stop taking Tamoxifen . around 2 years the oncologist prescribe me another medication but I am afraid to take it because the side efects. I would like still taking Tamoxifen , can she prescribe me again??

Marilyn: Hello, I just joined the forum so I don't know if this question was asked. Here it is, what is your feeling about homeopathic treatment for breast cancer as suppose to traditional treatment?

SueKD: Jody - there's a great documentary you can watch on-line at inthefamilyfilm.org produced by a young jewish, BRCA positive woman named Joanna Rudnick. It

Barbara: I am in need of a biopsy. I have been scared and after seeing this show I know that I must get it done soonest. Can you recommend a docr in the maryland area that accepts Aetna insurance.

Barbara: I am in need of a biopsy. I have been scared and after seeing this show I know that I must get it done soonest. Can you recommend a docr in the maryland area that accepts Aetna insurance.

SueKD: Jody - there's a great documentary you can watch on-line at inthefamilyfilm.org produced by a young jewish, BRCA positive woman named Joanna Rudnick. It

kim: ok I will call you thank you

Dr. Regina Hampton: Kim- I am located in Greenbelt

kim: ok I will call you thank you

ml: will this show be on again?

ml: will this show be on again?

kim: I work in greenbelt

kim: I work in greenbelt

breasthealthRN: Jody, if you tested positive, there is a 50-50 chance you would pass this to each of your children. If they tested negative then we know that there breast/ovarian cancer risk falls to the risk of the general population--much, much lower than yours.

kim: where are you

Dr. Regina Hampton: margot-I recommend you speak with your oncologist to go over all the options, risks and benefits

Mary: Barbara I had my biopsy at Washington Radiology in Chevy Chase - I had Aetna PPO

Cheryl: I chose not to do chemo, scared of leukemia, dr at john hopkins said if i was stage 1 grade 2 which is what they said it was, he would not chase me out the door begging me to get it.

JDG52A: ml, unfortunately, I don't know if the entire show will be on again. I will be posting the entire content of this chat online once we are finished. I should be able to have it up by 10:30

kim: where are you

Mary: Barbara I had my biopsy at Washington Radiology in Chevy Chase - I had Aetna PPO

Cheryl: I chose not to do chemo, scared of leukemia, dr at john hopkins said if i was stage 1 grade 2 which is what they said it was, he would not chase me out the door begging me to get it.

Monique: I am so very afraid! Just on Monday I felt a soft lump under my right armpit. By thursday I began to have swelling of the right breast with a very dull ache. Iwent to the doctors on Friday and he recommended an MRI.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Kim- my office 301-474-5701, look forward to meeting you

Monique: I am so very afraid! Just on Monday I felt a soft lump under my right armpit. By thursday I began to have swelling of the right breast with a very dull ache. Iwent to the doctors on Friday and he recommended an MRI.

breasthealthRN: Barbara, you might also call Dr. Pamela Wright in Bethesda.

kim: thanks you very much

kim: thanks you very much

Kathy: Greetings a misstake was made during my mastectomy in reading the sentinel node as negative for cancer. can i get the records to see the actual conversation that went on duriing the surgery?

Kathy: Greetings a misstake was made during my mastectomy in reading the sentinel node as negative for cancer. can i get the records to see the actual conversation that went on duriing the surgery?

Jody: Thanks for your feedback. I will check out this on-line film.

breasthealthRN: Monique, it is frightening when you are having a problem investigated. Please make your MRI appointment as soon as possible.

Jody: Thanks for your feedback. I will check out this on-line film.

Stephanie: Greetings

Stephanie: Greetings

Barbara: Thank you. I will call Monday morning. I have been putting this off for a year. Being scared is one thing, but giving the cancer a chance to grow is worst. Knowing is better than the unknown.

Cheryl: I also found out my cancer was near the armpit, and did not go to lymph nodes, thank God, BUT I also found out it is good possibilty i got cancer from using anti-perspirant/deoderant!..

Cheryl: I also found out my cancer was near the armpit, and did not go to lymph nodes, thank God, BUT I also found out it is good possibilty i got cancer from using anti-perspirant/deoderant!..

Monique: I just logged on, so I am not sure who Dr. Pamela Wright is. What type of doctor is she?

SueKD: Sorry - the website is inthefamily.kartemquin.com

Monique: I just logged on, so I am not sure who Dr. Pamela Wright is. What type of doctor is she?

SueKD: Sorry - the website is inthefamily.kartemquin.com

breasthealthRN: Barbara, you are right. Fear of the unknown is much worse than what is known!

Nanu: Please see 2 earlier postings w/background. Should I do profelactic mastectomy on rt. breast-my left was stage 2b multi-focal invasive. Also left musle area now very tight even with therapy & exercise. Any suggestions?

breasthealthRN: Dr. Wright is a breast surgeon.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Marilyn-homeopathic treatments are considered complimentary to traditional therapy. Many clinical trial have been performed to show the traditional therapies work.

NewGranny1: Greetings

Nanu: Please see 2 earlier postings w/background. Should I do profelactic mastectomy on rt. breast-my left was stage 2b multi-focal invasive. Also left musle area now very tight even with therapy & exercise. Any suggestions?

NewGranny1: Greetings

Cheryl: I was told deoderant is fine, anti-perspirant is not!

Cheryl: I was told deoderant is fine, anti-perspirant is not!

kelly: I need some guidance because my mother had a lump on her breast about five years ago, a byopsy was done but the lump was not malignangt, but ever since then ahe has noty had a breast exam done. Is there a place where she can get one done for free.

Monique: Someone else told me ot to use anti-persperant deodarant.

SueKD: The film In The Family is being screened around the country - but you can watch it on-line. It's a powerful and moving film that you won't soon forget. Do also check out the website at facingourrisk.org

kelly: I need some guidance because my mother had a lump on her breast about five years ago, a byopsy was done but the lump was not malignangt, but ever since then ahe has noty had a breast exam done. Is there a place where she can get one done for free.

Monique: Someone else told me ot to use anti-persperant deodarant.

SueKD: The film In The Family is being screened around the country - but you can watch it on-line. It's a powerful and moving film that you won't soon forget. Do also check out the website at facingourrisk.org

MyName: barbara

Victorianne: can you clear up the coffee question, is it ok . my docotrs do not agree with anything

Dr. Regina Hampton: Nanu--I recommend you sit down with a breast surgeon to go over all your options

MyName: barbara

Victorianne: can you clear up the coffee question, is it ok . my docotrs do not agree with anything

Sandi: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Nanu, what is your surgeon's recommendation? It sounds like the decision is yours, and you need to do whatever gives you piece of mind. Janet Sobel is an excellent breast physical therapist. You might want to give her a call.

Sandi: Greetings

Rose I don't trust m: Greetings

Rose I don't trust m: Greetings

NewGranny1: If I have a question regarding my situation with Breast problems is this the right place to ask questions?

Stephanie: I had radiation to my chest for a mediastinal mass (Hodgkins lymphoma) about 5 1/2 yrs ago. I've had a MRI done last year. My oncologist thinks I should get them every year. Your thoughts?

Kelly: Greetings I have had severe breast pain since I was 18 1 lump removed benign one retunrning dense breasts say nothing wrong but wont go any further what now? I have all symtoms discharge scaling itching lump but they see nothing!

NewGranny1: If I have a question regarding my situation with Breast problems is this the right place to ask questions?

Stephanie: I had radiation to my chest for a mediastinal mass (Hodgkins lymphoma) about 5 1/2 yrs ago. I've had a MRI done last year. My oncologist thinks I should get them every year. Your thoughts?

Kelly: Greetings I have had severe breast pain since I was 18 1 lump removed benign one retunrning dense breasts say nothing wrong but wont go any further what now? I have all symtoms discharge scaling itching lump but they see nothing!

breasthealthRN: Kelly, where does your mother live?

MyName1: Rosemary

MyName1: Rosemary

Dr. Regina Hampton: Kelly-you can contact Am Cancer Society or local health dept to find out where a mammogram can be performed

MyName1: My twin daughters are 29 and haven't had mammogram yet. What is the standard recommendation these days?

MyName1: My twin daughters are 29 and haven't had mammogram yet. What is the standard recommendation these days?

JoeAnne: My Mother was diagnosed with BC post menopause. How dose that affect my and or my sisters as opposed to BC before menopause?

Sandi: My mother had a mastectomy for DCIS. It is time for my annual mammogam. Should I ask for a ultrasound along with mammogram?

barbara: iI survived breast cancer w/o chemo and radiation by using alternative therapies. I wish more women would pursue that option. I didn't lose my hair, I wasn't sick. I went from having a 5 cm tumor to 1.2 cm when my mastectomy was completed.

Carol: Greetings I still have a breast lump for 24 years/ I has not grown/ Needle biopsy showed negative. Should I continue to be concerned?

breasthealthRN: Victorianne, coffee does not cause cancer, but for some women it can increase breast swelling and tenderness prior to your periods.

SueKD: MyName - do you have a family history?

Nanu: Thank you. I've talked to Drs but just wanted to see what others may have considered. Can you give me Janet Sobel's # or practice name?

MyName2: juliette

JDG52A: Ladies, we're getting close to the end of our time, and we still have a lot of questions to get to. Dr. Hampton & Judy, I am happy to extend us to 10:15 if you would like, so we can try to get everyone's questions in.

kelly: How about if she doesn't have health insurance, is there a place that can help with the cost.

JoeAnne: My Mother was diagnosed with BC post menopause. How dose that affect my and or my sisters as opposed to BC before menopause?

Sandi: My mother had a mastectomy for DCIS. It is time for my annual mammogam. Should I ask for a ultrasound along with mammogram?

barbara: iI survived breast cancer w/o chemo and radiation by using alternative therapies. I wish more women would pursue that option. I didn't lose my hair, I wasn't sick. I went from having a 5 cm tumor to 1.2 cm when my mastectomy was completed.

MyName2: juliette

Carol: Greetings I still have a breast lump for 24 years/ I has not grown/ Needle biopsy showed negative. Should I continue to be concerned?

SueKD: MyName - do you have a family history?

Nanu: Thank you. I've talked to Drs but just wanted to see what others may have considered. Can you give me Janet Sobel's # or practice name?

MyName2: juliette

Cheryl: I have a sterling silver medal(of The Holy Family) i carry in my pocket, in Jan'08 it turned reddish gold color, i took it to store called Heavenly Presents, asked if i could get some to pass out, also asked if woman owner knew why it turned color?

kelly: How about if she doesn't have health insurance, is there a place that can help with the cost.

MyName2: juliette

Cheryl: I have a sterling silver medal(of The Holy Family) i carry in my pocket, in Jan'08 it turned reddish gold color, i took it to store called Heavenly Presents, asked if i could get some to pass out, also asked if woman owner knew why it turned color?

Monique: Where is the best place to receive breast cancer treatment in the DC area? Which facilities are the most up to date ?

Monique: Where is the best place to receive breast cancer treatment in the DC area? Which facilities are the most up to date ?

Dr. Regina Hampton: Monique-deodorants/anti-perspirants are fine to use--do not increase you risk of breast cancer. You should not wear them when you have your mammogram because the metals appear to be an abnormality

Cheryl: she said it was God's way of letting me know I would be going thru trials & 4 mo's later had breast cancer!

Leslie: Greetings

Cheryl: she said it was God's way of letting me know I would be going thru trials & 4 mo's later had breast cancer!

Leslie: Greetings

Dr. Regina Hampton: Sure I can stay

breasthealthRN: Stephanie, we know that women who are treated with chest radiation are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. It is recommended that you have an annual breast MRI

Kelly: just had it done they said nothing wrong I need digital and low income doctors wont listen it's a clinic and have a family history

Kelly: just had it done they said nothing wrong I need digital and low income doctors wont listen it's a clinic and have a family history

Carol: No family history/ nursed both children/ am healthy 60 year old, done with Menapause.

Carol: No family history/ nursed both children/ am healthy 60 year old, done with Menapause.

Veronica: Greetings

Monique: Thank you. I will not be wearing any for my testing.

Stephanie: Thank you! I will continue with that treatment plan!

Marilyn: Barbara, what kind of alternative treatment did you undergo? How soon did it begin to work?

Rita: Greetings

breasthealthRN: Nanu, Janet practices in Chevy Chase MD. I'm sorry I don't have her # handy.

JDG52A: ok. Chatters, so you know, we're trying to get to as many of your questions as possible. But, in order to do that, I ill stop approving new questions at 10pm. We'll try to get as mny of your questions answered as possible.

Veronica: Greetings

Monique: Thank you. I will not be wearing any for my testing.

Stephanie: Thank you! I will continue with that treatment plan!

Marilyn: Barbara, what kind of alternative treatment did you undergo? How soon did it begin to work?

Rita: Greetings

barbara: I am concerned that chemo is POISON... and that the tests they do ... MRI, PT SCAN, etc. do NOT really give them much actionable information. Yet they cost $$$.Yet, most women do not find out about alterntive approaches, which have big chance of success.

barbara: I am concerned that chemo is POISON... and that the tests they do ... MRI, PT SCAN, etc. do NOT really give them much actionable information. Yet they cost $$$.Yet, most women do not find out about alterntive approaches, which have big chance of success.

SueKD: Kelly - why don't you try to e-mail the genetic counselor I know at demarcot@georgetown.edu. Tell her Susan Davis suggested it.

Veronica: do you always get the bumps on the outside of your breast

SueKD: Kelly - why don't you try to e-mail the genetic counselor I know at demarcot@georgetown.edu. Tell her Susan Davis suggested it.

Veronica: do you always get the bumps on the outside of your breast

NewGranny1: I have a history of breast cancer in my family on my father's side. I had a non-cancerous lump taken out of both breasts about 10 years ago. Since then i have developed mulitple cysts. My fear is that these cysts may hide cancer so I went to a specialis

MyName2: i just came on and i have a question to ask. i dont have any history of breast cancer i feel soome pain in my breast and a pinch what can i do i dont know how to do self breast exam i am scared i dont even have insurance to go check what is going on

Kelly: Am on permanent diability

NewGranny1: I have a history of breast cancer in my family on my father's side. I had a non-cancerous lump taken out of both breasts about 10 years ago. Since then i have developed mulitple cysts. My fear is that these cysts may hide cancer so I went to a specialis

MyName2: i just came on and i have a question to ask. i dont have any history of breast cancer i feel soome pain in my breast and a pinch what can i do i dont know how to do self breast exam i am scared i dont even have insurance to go check what is going on

Monique: I actually am an RN, but I do not work in the field of oncology; therefor everything is foreign to me.

Kelly: Am on permanent diability

Monique: I actually am an RN, but I do not work in the field of oncology; therefor everything is foreign to me.

NewGranny1: specialist.

breasthealthRN: I have to log off at 10:00, sorry!

NewGranny1: specialist.

Dr. Regina Hampton: Monique there are many great places to get breast cancer treatment. Please scroll to earlier discussion for recommendations

JDG52A: No problem, Judy. Thanks for joining us!

SueKD: I encourage anyone with a family history to check facingourrisk.org

Rita: I hVE HAD CANCER IN BREAST TWICE AND ONCE IN LUNG. WHAT IS THE BEST CANCER MEDICATION?

SueKD: I encourage anyone with a family history to check facingourrisk.org

Rita: I hVE HAD CANCER IN BREAST TWICE AND ONCE IN LUNG. WHAT IS THE BEST CANCER MEDICATION?

Monique: Thak you

MyName3: Greetings Janice - Hi everyone, I had a tram procedure in October 2001. I have tried to get mammos but I've been told that I don't need a mammo on reconstructed breasts. Is this actually true or are there labs where I can get a mammo. I've always had

Monique: Thak you

MyName3: Greetings Janice - Hi everyone, I had a tram procedure in October 2001. I have tried to get mammos but I've been told that I don't need a mammo on reconstructed breasts. Is this actually true or are there labs where I can get a mammo. I've always had

kelly: Is there a place that can do an exam for free for low income families?

NeVa: Greetings My mother is a breast cancer survivor and had a masectomy of one of her breast. My sister also found a lump but it was found that it was not cancerous. Does this make the chances of me finding a lump High.

kelly: Is there a place that can do an exam for free for low income families?

NeVa: Greetings My mother is a breast cancer survivor and had a masectomy of one of her breast. My sister also found a lump but it was found that it was not cancerous. Does this make the chances of me finding a lump High.

barbara: I did a regimen of natural vitamins and Vitamin D and melaton. I did zeolite, I did an indian healing ceremony. I changed my diet. I ate right. From what I have read it is all about getting your immune system to work properly.

breasthealthRN: I can help you with learning to do BSE. Call me on Monday--301-896-2445.

barbara: I did a regimen of natural vitamins and Vitamin D and melaton. I did zeolite, I did an indian healing ceremony. I changed my diet. I ate right. From what I have read it is all about getting your immune system to work properly.

NewGranny1: The specialist said that my breasts were so dense that I needed an MRI. The insurance denied the proceedure. So my doctor gives me pain pills and I still don't have clear answers to ensure the health of my breasts. My mom just died from cancer

NewGranny1: The specialist said that my breasts were so dense that I needed an MRI. The insurance denied the proceedure. So my doctor gives me pain pills and I still don't have clear answers to ensure the health of my breasts. My mom just died from cancer

MyName4: Greetings

MyName4: Greetings

MyName is margot: Please thanks you so much . God blees you.

NewGranny1: this spring. I am so scared but I don't know where to turn to.

MyName is margot: Please thanks you so much . God blees you.

NewGranny1: this spring. I am so scared but I don't know where to turn to.

meg: Greetings

meg: Greetings

SueKD: MyName - Claudine Isaacs at Georgeotwn said that I should have a mammogram on my free-tram reconstructed breasts - because the tissue is on top of the muscle, as opposed to under it with implants. So I had a mammogram a few months ago.

Dr. Regina Hampton: NewGranny-you should be seen by a breast surgeon for complete evaluation

SueKD: MyName - Claudine Isaacs at Georgeotwn said that I should have a mammogram on my free-tram reconstructed breasts - because the tissue is on top of the muscle, as opposed to under it with implants. So I had a mammogram a few months ago.

Wanda: With a strong family history if Beast Cancer and the fact that I have been positively diagnosed for one breast, what are some of the facts to consider if I should stick with a single mastectomy or a double?

Wanda: With a strong family history if Beast Cancer and the fact that I have been positively diagnosed for one breast, what are some of the facts to consider if I should stick with a single mastectomy or a double?

MyName3: Janice - continued...the idea in the back of my mind...you know that scary thought of recurrence. Please let me know what is possible. Thank you

MyName3: Janice - continued...the idea in the back of my mind...you know that scary thought of recurrence. Please let me know what is possible. Thank you

NewGranny1: She was a breast surgeon but the insurance denied it

NewGranny1: She was a breast surgeon but the insurance denied it

Dr. Regina Hampton: When you have reconstruction--you should continue to get breast images

LindaMyName: I have been diagnosed with a lipoma in right breast. Is it safe to wait for follow-uup in 6 mo. as dr. suggested?

LindaMyName: I have been diagnosed with a lipoma in right breast. Is it safe to wait for follow-uup in 6 mo. as dr. suggested?

Jody: I too have very dense breast tissue ... my cancer was not detected with a mammogram ... and even after it was found, a sonogram did not pick up on it. The MRI is very good test for people like us. My doc has written prescriptions for me.\

breasthealthRN: Wanda, your decision is one you are comfortable with.

Jody: I too have very dense breast tissue ... my cancer was not detected with a mammogram ... and even after it was found, a sonogram did not pick up on it. The MRI is very good test for people like us. My doc has written prescriptions for me.\

JDG52A: Again, everyone, thank you for taking part in our chat and watching our special this evening.

Dr. Regina Hampton: No problem, my pleasure to help

JDG52A: I'll have the entire body of te chat posted here at wusa9.dom in just a few minutes.

JDG52A: Good night everyone.

Cheryl: I want to thank you all! God Bess You All!

Cheryl: I want to thank you all! God Bess You All!

Dr. Regina Hampton: Have a great night!

 

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