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Christine White wrote:

> I empathize with all you have been through. It is enough of a scare to find
> lumps in your breast but especially after one has been diagnosed as cancer.
> I am a 2 1/2 yr breast cancer survivor myself. I had a lumpectomy followed
> by  radiation. I took tamoxifen since then and just stopped it this month.
> I definitely found my hair brittle and skin dry. Vitamin E and a good creme
> rinse help.
> As I have no experience with mastectomy or implants, I will leave that to
> the others although I tend to agree with everything Joicy, Lil and Martha
> wrote. Do your research and I know you will make the right decision for
> you. Give yourself time to recover physically and emotionally before you
> make a decision. You find ways to deal with the fear and learn to live with
> cancer.
> Christine
>
> At 10:37 AM 23/04/99 -0700, you wrote:
> >Hi!!
> >
> >I have undergone a lumpectomy and lymphectomy in June of 98.  I also
> >underwent 6 weeks of radiation therapy and fortunatly It did not seem
> >benifical for me to undergo chemotherapy.  I am currently on Tomoxefin
> >and seem to be doing well on it. I had a complete hysterectomy 4 years
> >ago and I believe taking estrogen therapy everyday was a big deciding
> >factor for my body to trigger breast cancer.  I do realize however
> >through some research of my own that there are many things that set you
> >up for breast cancer. I have underwent 2 cystectomies in November of 98
> >also.  To say the least this was very traumatic for my family, and for
> >me to discover more lumps.  Fortunatly they were benign.  I have
> >Fibromyalgia, and this agrevates my fibrotic breasts.  Please understand
> >that I am not complaining for I feel lucky so far, but! I had another
> >scare 2 weeks ago and it turned out to be scar tissue from the
> >cystectomies.  So 3 scares in 10 months has taken it's toll on my
> >emotions as well as my families.  I have 2 questions to anyone out there
> >that can give me first hand knowlege rather professional or personal on
> >the subjests of Tomoxifen and breast removal to prevent further cancer.
> >I seem to have very brittle hair now and skin since going on tomoxifen
> >is anyone else experiencing these side effects?  Also I would like to
> >hear from any women that had her breasts removed as a cancer prevention,
> >and had implants put in.  I have an Aunt who died from breast cancer and
> >one that has survied 25 years.  The one who survived had implants put in
> >and had trouble with scar tissue and pain.  The result of the scar
> >tissue being the cause of her implants to collapse.  I have almost no
> >scar tissue on the breast that had the lumpectomy, and a massive amount
> >just since November on the opposite breast that had the cystectomy.  I
> >had a very excellent surgeon who performed both surgeries and I have
> >complete faith in him.  It seems to be a mystery  as to why I had two
> >totaly different reactions in my breasts.  I do realize that this would
> >be a huge decision for me to have my breasts removed and put implants
> >in.  I have no way to get the opinion of any women on the subject that
> >have actually done it and can give me the pros, and cons.  I need to
> >have alot of info before I can make an informed decision.
> >
> >I am 46 years old for general knowlege, and our family remains young for
> >our ages.  That is why I am wondering about the Tomoxifen and if it
> >could be causing my brittle hair and thinning.
> >
> >Thank you to anyone out there that can give me some first hand info.
> >
> >Kat Luker
> >
> >email address is       rvre@cdsnet.net
> >
> >
> >P.S. a very good book for all women to read is  Dr. Bob Arnot's  Breast
> >cancer prevention diet.  My onocologist recommended it and it is very
> >informative and eye opening. Should be given to all young girls with
> >breast cancer in their family, and used as a handbook.
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