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Mon, Jan 6 4:15pm · anastrozole and dry eyes in Breast Cancer

Hi Emily; I also have dry eyes and have been on anastrozole for a little over 3 years. My optometrist recommended using a Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress twice a day (in addition to Systane eye drops). You just pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds and then place it over your eyes for about 10 minutes (the amount of time it typically cools off). It takes a few times before you will notice a difference but it makes my eyes feel wonderful.

Nov 12, 2019 · Mastectomy and breast reconstruction pros and cons? in Breast Cancer

Hi Sandy, I was diagnosed with TNBC in Feb 2016; stage 1c but grade 3 in right breast (no lymph node involvement). Because of the aggressive nature of the tumor I chose to have a double mastectomy but was a good candidate for nipple sparing due to the smaller size & location of the tumor. I had tissue expanders placed during that surgery and then had to wait a year before I was cleared for reconstruction (after chemo & a clear PET scan at the 1 year mark). I interviewed two cosmetic surgeons and elected to go with DIEP flap surgery rather than implants. One of the surgeons told me implants can cause some women to feel cold all the time and I already had problems with that. I also didn't want to have anything foreign in my body. 2 1/2 years down the road I am still happy with my decision. I do have some hardened fatty tissue along the scar line on the lower right but the reconstructed "breasts" are warm & soft. The only real dissatisfaction I have is the numbness, not only from the mastectomies, but also across my abdomen where they took the fat to create the breast mounds.

Aug 9, 2019 · Ca 27.29 consistently high...in the 40’s in Breast Cancer

Mine has been in the 40's & 50's over the past 18 months – the most recent (4 months apart) were 54.6, 53.6 & 53, most recently. My oncologist ordered a PET scan this week and the results showed NED. She is going to keep an eye on it but reiterated that tumor markers have a large margin of error.

Jul 25, 2018 · Triple Negative Breast Cancer in Breast Cancer

I was diagnosed with TNBC (rt breast) in Feb 2016 and had bilateral mastectomy followed by chemo. Planned tx was AC-T but I had an immediate reaction to the Taxol (elevated blood pressure, racing heart). I then started AC treatment but after the second cycle I ended up in the ER with pancreatitis. My oncologist then switched me to GemCarbo and I was able to complete tx with no side effects. I just had a PET scan and breast MRI last month and there was no evidence of disease.

Jul 13, 2018 · Mastectomy and breast reconstruction pros and cons? in Breast Cancer

I had a double mastectomy with expanders in February 2016 followed by chemo. Due to the aggressive grade of my tumor (grade 3; triple negative), my doctors advised waiting a year before having reconstructive surgery. In March 2017 I had DIEP flap reconstruction and am very pleased with the results. I chose DIEP flap because I didn't want any foreign materials in my chest and I was told that implants can cause one to feel cold (and I already have cold sensitivity). As someone mentioned earlier; it is critical you have a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon perform the procedure as it does involve micro surgery in order to connect a blood supply to the transported tissue (be sure to interview several doctors before making a final selection).