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gypsy1
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   Posted 7/31/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello ladies,
 
First let me say you have my condolences on your loss of a friend (Chris). 
 
Now on to my news, and thanks for asking btw.  I got the results of my spot compressions and us.  They see a density that wasn't there on my baseline, but can't tell what it is. They had my Dr. feel me up again and he couldn't feel a lump.  So... now the plan is for me to go off my hrt (hormone replacement therapy) for a few months and then do spot compressions again.  My last hrt shot was June 5th, so I will go back sometime in Sept. and get the new spot compressions done.  My Dr. seems to think that since it is not a cyst or calcium it is the hrt making the density.  He said that after being off it for a while the next spot compressions will show it has either shrunk or dissolved completely. *cross your fingers*
If not then form  a new game plan and most likely biopsy.
 
Thank you so very much for your concern and for giving women like us a place to ask questions and vent.  Hope you all doing well.
 
Hugs,
Mel

gma
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   Posted 7/31/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I should have read this first before replying to the other post. Somehow I find the idea that hrt could cause a shadow or density pretty distrubing and if being off it for awhile make it go away is even more disturbing. If it can do so much so quickly, is it really good for women to be taking it so easily and frequently? I refused to take estrogen for about 12 years after my hysterectomy because it caused my blood pressure to rise. Then a doctor talked me into trying the patch. Well, that was a pain in the you know what. I couldn't put it on immediately after bathing because the moisture made it come off, so I would wait and of course I forgot. Then he insisted I try half a pill, then a whold pill............ then the next thing you know I was having a mastectomy and off the pills I went. Did they cause the cancer? Who knows? I took them maybe 5 years and my cancer was very early. So I don't have an answer. I only wonder. Hugs MK


gypsy1
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   Posted 7/31/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I too had my hysterectomy 5 years ago. Makes you wonder eh?  I guess this is the end of hrt for me.  It is kinda tuff going with the hot flashes and night sweats but for sure the lesser of the two evils. I will certainly let you know next time I am in Azle.  My sis lives in Oak Harbor is that close to your house?  Good to know about harris NW.  Thanks for everything. :-)

gma
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   Posted 7/31/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Our house is on a lake slough right in the center of the lake. North on 730 to Moran, in that area. It was really country when we bought the house, but there has been quite a bit of building in the area. My husband never stopped working long enough to enjoy the lake. He bought a sailboat to rebuild.................... I have a disability problem and can't walk or stand long so living on the lake or on a farm makes little difference. I enjoy the birds and the trees here. There was a drought for so many years the lake wasn't even nice to look at. Now it is full, thanks to all the rain.


barkyboys
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   Posted 7/31/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Mel. I, too, find it worrisome that the doctor would think HRT would cause such a density on a mammo. I don't know how much you know about breast cancer, but they usually do a test to determine whether or not a breast cancer is sensitive to female hormones or not...a hormone receptor test. You can be Estrogen/ Progesterone Receptor Positive or Negative (ER/PR + or -). If you are positive, that means that the cancer is, in a sense, feeding off of female hormones. So, if you have breast cancer, hormones are not a good thing to be taking. Some women have really good results from non-hormonal therapies for menopause. Some of the SRI's (anti-depressants) in very small doses give really good results. I use effexor, "baby" dose (take 37.5 mcg a day; my husband takes the same drug as an anti-depressant, and he takes 4-6x that). Other women have success with other SRI's, such as Paxil, Wellbutrin, etc... and have good results. I tried three others with no relief and gave up trying, so I was a skeptic...my onc finally convinced me to try Effexor...I could tell a HUGE difference within days. So if you're going off HRT and find that you are terribly bothered by menopausal symptoms, you might discuss an SRI as a possible remedy.

Now, as far as not "feeling" a lump...not all breast cancers (and there are several types), appear as a "lump." They can feel like a slight thickening in an area. (I'm sure your doctor knows this, but doctors don't always tell us what we need to know) This is why regular self-exams are so important. You don't just feel for lumps, you look for any changes in the way your breast feels. So keep in close touch with that area, and if it starts to feel different, let your doctor know! I don't tell you this to upset or worry you, or to "second guess" your doctor, but to encourage you to be aware of your own body.

September is just around the corner, so that is not a long time to wait. I hope the spot disappears (fingers crossed!), but if it doesn't...please insist on a biopsy. It's the only "guarantee."

And let us know how things turn out in September, okay?

Hugs...
BEV
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.  -Charles Schulz


gypsy1
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   Posted 7/31/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
First for Mary K.  You won't believe this but I used to live off Pedan road and something don't remember maybe Moran.  I lived on Anemone Lane.  It's a private lane.  My ex is still there I assume. He has huge family there. And I know the Prahouska's (sp) that live near where you are talking about.  How funny.
 
Now Bev, I know what you mean about the SRI's I was on Effexor right after my hyst I think.  I am trying to stay away from them if I can help it.  Not that I don't agree with them, I'd just rather not be on anything. kwim?  I didn't know about the thickening type stuff and will definately keep a close eye and hand on it. Thanks for that! You have opened my eyes to a few things as a matter of fact.  Thanks again!!  I will keep checking in, and for sure let you fine ladies know what I find out.
Thanks so much for being here and so full of info.
 
Hugs,
Mel

miraclesivseen
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   Posted 8/1/2007 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree,
THe self exams are what matters.
My mammo, did not show my lump.....we felt it, and then seen it through the ultra sound...but the mammor never showed anyhting.
Kinda scarry!
I am still waiting on biopsy results errrgg...waiting is the worse, the not knowing!.

I have told my mom, sister, friends, everyone I know HOW IMPORTANT SELF EXAMS ARE
Brain tumor 1981
Dx.Crohns 1996
resecction 2001
Thyroid cancer 2001
seizure disorder .....all my life.
 
What you may think makes you weak...in fact makes you STRONG!!

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