mom has breast cancer

twigztwigz Satan Worships Me PExer
my mom was recently diagnosed w/ breast cancer and had her breasts removed. her's is stage III daw. i'm trying to know about her illness. is there any website (perferably in philippine setting) u can recommend to be a source info? . is there any support group here in phil.?

what do u know about my mom's situation.

thank you.
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  • krishakrisha Registered User PExer
    Hi Twigz,
    My Mom had breast cancer too, and also had one of her breasts taken out. The doctor advised her to undergo chemotherapy, but she refused.
    Yes, it would help if you read about it so that you would understand. I was only 11 years old when it happened to my Mom, and it took a long time before I got over it.
    Be strong and show her all the love you could give.
  • znobznob Member PExer
    my mom had breast cancer too. and she underwent chemo...fortunately, every thing went well. she lost her hair, got one of her breasts removed, and i really felt her pain during those times. basta, you just have to make sure ur mom knows ur there for her. physically, parang wala akong matulong before...pero emotionally, malaki matutulong mo.

    prayers...sobrang makakatulong din yon. i'll include ur mom in my prayers :)

    another thing, you can attend healing seminars...msg me nalang if you wanna know where you can bring ur mom.



    GOd bless!
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    I'm sorry to hear that. There's an active NGO here in Manila that promotes breast cancer awareness as well as give information, etc.:

    Philippine Breast Cancer Network
    29 Nicanor Reyes St.
    Loyola Heights, Quezon City
    1108 Philippines
    Tel (632)426-3197
    Fax (632)426-3202
    email: [email protected]


    Contact them to see if they can offer you what you are looking for. If not, at the very least, they can also connect you to other breast cancer organizations like support groups, etc. Good luck!
  • EverAfterEverAfter Member PExer
    znob is right - your mom needs all the emotional support she can get at this point in her life. I've heard stories of cancer patients whose relatives were the first to disappear from the patients' lives because they didn't want to see the suffering.

    An acquaintance - a medical clerk at that - volunteered to accompany her friend in her hospital duty last night, Christmas eve, because her mom has cancer and she didn't want to be around her.

    My favorite tita was diagnosed with brain cancer January of 2002, and passed away on July. Our relatives, including my dad and uncles, didn't visit her that often because they could not bear to see her suffer.

    People can be that selfish.

    Your presence means a lot to your mom. I hope you won't deny her of that happiness.

    :spinstar:
  • twigztwigz Satan Worships Me PExer
    thanks for your support. presently mom is waiting for her OP wounds to heal so she can start w/ her chemo. how long does it usually last? months? years ba?

    krisha-- ur mom refused chemo. how is shemom now?

    im very glad that mom seems optimistic about her condition. she s beginning to have that positive attitude. at first, talagang parang devastated sya. pero ngayon more of like a fighter na sya ngayon. i would never leave her side. ang bata pa namin para mawalan ng ina.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Usually, chemotherapy cycle is given for 1-5 days every 3 to 4 weeks, depending on several factors like types of drugs used (e.g. CMF vs. AC vs. CAF), weight, height, tissue diagnosis, etc.
  • HI THERE! what are the symptoms of breast cancer? i know about the lump thing and the imptce of self-breast examination. pero how can you know it is THE lump? how does it feel when you touch it? does it move? how big is it?

    how about pain? are there pains when u touch it? is there pain even when you dont touch it? when can you distinguish muscle pain and the pain that should cause alarm? when can you know if it is only the normal pain when your period is approaching? or is this kind of pre-menstrual period pain also cause for alarm?

    pardon me for the many questions. i just want to be cautious. sobrang nakaka-paranoid whenever i feel muscle pain.

    pexers of this thread, don't forget to pray. only God can bring healing to our aches, and He will not withhold any good thing from those who seek Him.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Breast cancer most often manifests as a painless lump that is non-movable/adherent to the underlying chest wall. Since it grows in size, there is no minimum/maximum size requirement. There may also be a change in breast size, an orange-peel appearance of the breast, and when it grows, the breast surface may alsol have an enlarging, non-healing wound.

    If there is pain, it probably isn't cancer, although a very rare form of breast cancer (inflammatory breast cancer) may manifest as redness and pain of the breast. Menstrual period pains don't have anything to do with breast cancer.
  • kenshin91313kenshin91313 Midnight Blue PExer
    duration of treatment would depend on which drug regimen your mom was started. And drug regimen would depend on the presence of progesterone and estrogen receptors. Has a progesterone-estrogen receptor assay been done?
  • hi doc ira, thanks! thanks din sa reply mo sa post ko sa other topic. btw, where do i go for check-up? m not very sure kasi if i'm doing the right thing when i do self-breast examination, eh. di ko alam if it's a lump i feel or just a muscle. you know a doctor i can go to?

    if you'd notice, m very keen on keeping healthy. wala kasi akong annual check-up unlike when u have a medical card at emloyee ka. kaya sariling hanap ako ng mga doctor to go to. pasensya ka na, but rest assured that i appreciate your help!
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    If you have a regular physician whom you go to, you can ask him or her to guide you on how to do a self-breast exam, and who could also check whatever lumps you may think is there. All doctors have been taught in medical school how to do a breast exam properly and when to refer, so you don't need to go to a specialist to have this done.
  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    :cool: Hi! doc Ira...can i pitch in?...breast cancers symptoms are so many and let me cite some examples..of the clinical findings..
    hard to express because it is a long explanation..here it is.

    a) Skin changes
    b) Nipple changes
    c) Differences in size and movement
    d) lumps
    e) pain
    f) Nodularity
    g) asymmetry
    h) Architectural distortion
    i) Contour changes
    j) Density
    k) makeup
    l) Capsule
    m) Halo
    n) Margins
    And there also some other types Calcifications that must be considered in determining a malignant vs. benign and these are;

    a) Popcorn type
    b) Rim
    c) Milk of Calcium
    d) Arterial
    e) Skin
    Now there are some certain types of CYST and LESIONS which are benign breast disease which is in 3 groups..

    a) Nonproliferative lesions- those that carry no increased risk for development of cancer.
    b) Proliferative lesions without atypia-masses that represent a mildly elevated breast cancer risk.
    c) Atypical hyperplasia-proliferative breast lesion that have some ,but not all of the symptoms of carcinoma in situ. Remember foreign bodies also can be seen on mammograms,as well as fashions such as tattoos and nipple rings. the internal structures of the breast are fairly insensitive to puncture-type injury, and mammographers have found sewing needles, glass, pencil points, and other foreign bodies in the breast. At times these objects have penetrated the breasts without the patients knowledge, eventually causes thickening or pain in the area...Remember! there are two popular methods of breast biopsy..
    a) Core biopsy b) Stereotactic biopsy..

    Stereotactic biopsy- is the most accurate method used in diagnosing certain breast lesion and because breast biopsy is associated with strong emotional responses from patients and also because most biopsies prove that lesions are benign, physicians promote that techniques that minimize the surgical or invasive extent of the procedure...

    If any of the above you want me to explain..pls select one or two not more than that because it will be a tedious explanations..and I will and shall help those who are anxious...just give me time to comeback to you one by one..
  • lifevestlifevest Member PExer
    hi!

    The book ICANSERVE, a network of people, places and services for the philippine breast cancer community, is available for FREE.

    This great book was compiled by a great friend and super nice person, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Her mom is Letty Magsanoc.

    Please feel free to email at [email protected] or call me at 0917-899-1163 for your free copy.

    :)

    Tina
  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    :cool: Tina! that was nice..idea...

    Let me add for those women who have not had previous mammography studies or who repeat mammograms at different facilities without bringing previous films for comparison lose the benefit of the follow up mammogram, remember a change is easily detected when a previous study is available for comparison....it is best to use the same facility as possible..for follow ups..
  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    :cool: twigz..i was about to give you more information on stages your mom had...whewwww!! hard to comeback here believe me.

    okey! about staging of breast cancer...here it is..

    How a cancer is staged and the treatment choices depend on.

    a) How small or large your tumor is and where it is found in breast.

    b) Now if cancer is found in the lymph nodes in your armpit. will also decide.

    c) If cancer is found in other parts of your body.

    twigz..you mentioned that your mom's is on stage III.? Let start on this..

    1) Benign--means that lump or other problem was NOT cancer.

    2) Malignant--means that the tissue DOES contain cancer cell.

    3) In situ or invasive cancer--it is a very early cancer or a precancer that HAS NOT SPREAD beyond the breast to the lymph nodes in the armpit, or to other partsof the body, This type of cell is still totally contained in the milk ducts or lubules of the breast.

    4) Invasive cancer--HAS SPREAD to surrounding tissue in the breast and MAY HAVE SPREAD to the lymph nodes in the armpit or to other partsof the body. ALL breast cancers, except in situ cancer, are invasive.

    5) Metastasized cancer--HAS SPREAD to other parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, liver, or brain.

    Okey! this is the STAGING OF THE BREAST CANCER.

    a) Stage 0--Very early breast cancer or preinvasive cancer. This type of cancer has not spread within or outside of someone's breast (also called noninvasive cancer or in situ)

    b) Stage I--Tumor smaller than 2 cm (1 inch). No cancer is found in lymph nodes in the armpit, or outside the breast.

    c) Stage II--Tumor smaller than 2 cm (1 inch). Cancer is found in the lymph nodes in the armpit.
    OR
    Tumor between 2 and 5 cm. (1 and 2 inches). Cancer may or may not be found in the lymph nodes in the armpit,
    OR
    Tumor larger than 5 cm. (2 inches). Cancer is not found in the lymph nodes in the armpit.

    d) Stage III--twigz..this is where your mom falls in this category..Tumor is smaller than 5 cm. (2 inches). with cancer also in the lymph nodes in the armpit.
    OR
    Tumor larger than 5 cm. (2 inches), OR cancer is attached to other parts of the breast area including the chest walls, ribs, and muscles.
    OR
    Inflammatory breast cancer. In this rare type of cancer, the skin of the breast is red and swollen.

    e) Stage IV--Tumor has spread to other part of the body, such as the bones, lungs, liver, or brain..

    Twigz....I hope this will help you and your mom...btw..pls check on this.. CALL 1-800-4-CANCER and also as Tina said some breast organizations for more information and support groups near you..importantly..prepare your mom and you and your loved ones for her incoming or ongoing treatment...take care...
  • art727art727 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    :D Let me add about men, it's not funny!
    "FOR YOUR INFORMATION"
    Male breast cancers account for 1% to 2% of all breast cancers. Because all types of breast cancer found in women also occur in men, some men are referred for mammography. The most common finding in men is called GYNECOMASTIA, defined simply as enlargement of breast tissue in the male..GYNECOMASTIA can occur either unilaterally or bilaterally. For this reason both breast often are imaged for comparison..
    Actually to obtain a useful images of male breasts can be challenging for a number of reasons. The first difficulty stems from the fact that most male breasts are considerably smaller and less prominent than most female breasts. Second, male breasts may contain a different arrangement fo fat and muscle tissue than womens breasts. Finally, male patients often are EMBARRASED about being referred for a mammogram because the examination often is seen as one reserved for women.
    I am just saying this to all of you that, we men can be a victim of this breast cancer....it is not confined to women only...
  • geekyboygeekyboy damn turnabouts PExer
    My GF's mom went through breast cancer. It went to remission for about 5 years.

    Recently, she had a lump removed from an area around the shoulder.

    They recently got the doctor's diagnosis and he confirmed that it was malignant.

    What can I do to help??? I hate seeing my GF so depressed. I also dont want to be the typical BF who's just "there for her." I really don't have any experience with cancer so I don't know what she's going through/going to go through.

    What can I do to help?
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    There's really not much you can do except to be supportive with your girlfriend. I don't know what kind of family your girlfriend has and what relationship you have with her parents, but they may think that you are overstepping your boundaries by assuming that you are welcome to interfere with the family's private pains if you're not that close to them and they're intensely private. Just offer your sympathies to the mom and tell her "If there's anything I can do to help...".
  • twigztwigz Satan Worships Me PExer
    I’m sorry to hear that, man.

    What’s are d chances that a breast cancer will recur after being treated? Like after 2 or 3 yrs. Is it true that once u’ve got b. cancer, 90% of time that it will reappear no matter how much you’re treated it?

    I mean…could there be any success story? I have this impression that all these chemotherapy and radiation therapy sessions can only prolong the life of the patient and cant totally eradicate the cancer.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Sorry, I didn't notice there were questions posted in this thread a few days ago.

    Prognosis would depend on what type of breast cancer it is and what stage, as well as other minor factors. What was the histopathologic (tissue) diagnosis of your mom's breast cancer, and what was the exact stage (i.e., IIa, IIIb)? Was she hormone receptor assay positive or negative, and is she pre- or postmenopausal?

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