The multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Maimonides Breast Center collaborate to devise individualized treatment plans for our patients. Hayley Ladjack is a Marketing Intern at CooperGenomics. Underwent a lumpectomy and Radiotherapy. Men can develop breast cancer… I thank breast cancer for helping me realize that she wasn't necessarily the person I wanted to be with for the rest of my life," they explain. She had done genetic testing and found out it was BRCA2, and then I got tested as well and was positive. What type of breast cancer do I have? And I think I read a couple, you know, I read a couple of things. So he said' "Well, would you like an implant?" And it's always a strange feeling because where is everybody, you sort of think'"Oh, I understand why everyone leaves the room but how can this be good for me if everyone else has to, like, leave the room and go behind a closed door and I have to sit here taking all this, these lasers going into my body? But I didn't know how much I was going to come out with and that was a strange feeling because you just didn't know what you were going to wake up to. H: So did your cancer-treatment doctors and fertility doctors work well together? We went in there and they just said it had spread into my lymph nodes. Is there a family history of breast cancer? Working with your doctor when you have metastatic breast cancer: Interview with a Mayo Clinic expert Your doctor can help you balance making treatment decisions and planning for what the future might … But I just said' "Well, just make your decision. But since it’s for during IVF, I found out that it doesn’t really apply to my situation now, though I’m happy I’m aware of it for the future. A breast cancer patient in remission knows it’s never really over. CURE®: Can you share what ran through your head after you heard the words “You have breast cancer?” Robach: When (the radiologist told) me that I had a malignant tumor, that I had breast cancer… It wasn't information, it was more sort of, I don't know, emotional sort of side of things that I was, I was after, and that's what I put my energies into, rather than the factual information. That, you know, it isn't necessarily a death sentence. Breast Conserving Surgery, lumpectomy or wide local excision, Making treatment choices for breast cancer, Breast reconstruction after breast cancer, Choosing not to have breast reconstruction, Complementary approaches for breast cancer, Relationships and sex after breast cancer, Aromatase inhibitors: Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane) and Femara (letrozole), Ovarian ablation (removing or shutting down the ovaries). But you do feel like a slab of meat eventually, and that's -. By Hayley Ladjack — October 17, 2018. And, you know, they wouldn't know how serious it was either until, until then so. A: Yes, I would say so. Brief Outline: Diagnosed with breast cancer 1998, underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Interview with a breast cancer patient Facing the diagnostic of breast cancer is one of the most feared experiences in our society. It’s so important to find someone you can sort of commiserate with. We use cookies on our websites. Yeah, you sort of felt like you were going into the unknown a little bit. These are inspiring and often personal stories about how ordinary women were diagnosed with breast cancer and found support through their treatment. H: It’s great that you had someone to guide you through that. So they didn't, when they said' "Oh we'll take you to surgery," but they didn't know how much they were going to have to remove. Yeah. If I did one thing in a day, if I went out shopping or I went round to a friend's house that would be it. And I really enjoyed it and I love my parents' company now. I couldn't imagine ever just sort of bouncing out of bed in the morning and having a full day. And I couldn't believe that, I've always been somebody who's like rushing around and I even found that, you know, quite elderly people would be taking over me in the street and everything. They'd taken enough sort of cells and everything around the lump. With those results, my doctor ended up recommending chemotherapy for me, and we tried to decide on a start date. She continues to work as a technology consultant and recently moved to Washington, DC. A: I would say no since I’m not sure that they were working together at all. H: How has the egg freezing process impacted your finances? Is there any advice you would like to give to other young cancer patients about egg freezing? In her spare time, she loves to cook and travel. Walk me through the decision-making process. But for Allison Marcus, a twenty-five-year-old technology consultant, the ease of her twenties came to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2017. You just, you know - all the issues, even when, you know, you sort of looking for jobs or, you know, you're thinking about insurance and pensions and everything. What I was looking for, I wanted to talk with people who had been ill and who were better, that's all I wanted to hear about. Age at diagnosis: 24. And yeah, it does change a lot so it definitely affects you. For some people, the effect is minimal. When were you diagnosed with breast cancer, and how did you find out? Interview 10. In March 2018, she underwent a surgery to position breasts implants. It was definitely helpful because I got to talk through the process and what it was going to involve. The strange thing was when, because they didn't know how much it had spread or anything, they don't totally know what the whole situation is until they've opened you up. Anne also talks about her family’s reaction. and suddenly it's there. After going through treatment, Alli went into remission during January 2018. Breast Cancer: Answers to Your Questions How do you tell the kids? But at the time it, that wasn't what I needed. But when it came time for the retrieval, there was a lot of back and forth about what was and wasn’t going to be covered by my insurance, which was very confusing. I kind of assumed it was something I would do later on. After learning that she had inherited a BRCA2 mutation, Alli would soon find out that the cancer would not only affect her immediate health, but also her potential to have children after treatment. I don't want something else in my body." A: The first oncologist I saw was the one who first brought egg freezing to my attention, saying, “You’re very young, and we just don’t have any guarantees on what your eggs will be like afterward.” She recommended it once she knew I would be starting chemotherapy, and said she thought it was a good idea if I wanted to preserve my fertility. 5. I mean perhaps you can know more but I certainly wasn't in any state to have been, to have even begun to think about the different. I would never have done that before, that was lovely. But I think once I just accepted that that's, I was just going to be ill now for this amount of time, and stop trying to sort of think about doing other things or whatever, I just got on with it. I wanted to get to see the other side, and I didn't want to sort of know about the in-between bit. How was the cancer initially detected? Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women.Substantial support for breast cancer awareness and research funding has helped created advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. A: I think that there should at least be a little more information given to patients from whoever is doing the egg freezing to give you an idea of what’s to come in the future. She was the picture of health. Knowing this, Alli contacted a friend who works at CooperGenomics to find out about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and how it could help her avoid passing on the BRCA2 gene. The American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® program connects people facing breast cancer – from diagnosis through survivorship – with trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors. In a new interview with ELLE, the Beverly Hills 90210 star, who was initially diagnosed with the disease in 2015, revealed the symptoms that led to the discovery of her cancer’s recurrence. How did you feel when you first received the news? There’s not a lot of access to information that applies only to cancer patients because they aren’t going through the typical egg freezing route that other women are. Giuliana and Bill Rancic sat down with CBS News for an interview during Breast Cancer Awareness month. It changed everything for her. Her primary responsibilities are assisting in the development of marketing materials, social media pages and the CooperGenomics blog. It changes the way people perceive you on paper. How can you stay calm? A: It was a clinic for everyone. Breast cancers aren’t all the same. My cancer treatment program doesn’t offer egg freezing services, so they could only go as far as making a suggestion for an IVF clinic. Alli looks forward to one day starting a family, and when the time comes, she will begin IVF using her frozen eggs. And a breast cancer diagnosis in 2017 shocked her to the core. 3. But with radiotherapy you're put in this horrible sort of machine thing. When you’re in your early twenties, life seems to be everlasting. A: When I was talking to my IVF clinic, they said that genetic testing wasn’t something that they did, and I would have to go to a hospital or some other place that does it. So they said' "Oh no, it's not gone right throughout everything." My mum I've always been close to, and dad, you know, we've been close, but suddenly I was really, you know, right there all the time. Was it a no-brainer to freeze your eggs? That you don't, you can treat it like another illness. The 49-year-old actress, who publicly revealed that her breast cancer had returned in an interview … I'd say that would probably be the only time I ever felt that there wasn't much support. You may have an understanding supervisor, a flexible schedule, … A: Well, the egg freezing process was a bit more stressful than I thought it was going to be. You had to do daily injections, just like with IVF, right? ", And they pull, you know, you do feel like a bit of a slab of meat, because they pull you around and push you. Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER … We wish Alli the best of luck in her life, career, and in her future family-building journey. And I, yeah I didn't know what to think about that. ... Now if I see anything to do with breast cancer I'll pick it up and read it. Dr. Z: The “Hope for Breast Cancer” documentary follows her story as she navigates the maze of cancer … N1mi: Micrometastases (tiny areas of cancer … I don't want something else in my body." And no one can sort of sit in there with you and say that it's okay. There are some questions your doctor can't answer. H: What advice would you have for other women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer? 2. Basically, they said, “We don’t do that or know anything about it, so you’ll have to go somewhere else.”. That was rough, so I would recommend picking a place that’s close to you and easy to get to. ONA talked with Adam M. Brufsky, MD, on promising studies from ESMO Congress 2019 on the use of immunotherapy in HR+, HER2– and metastatic triple-negative breast cancers. I mean perhaps you can know more but I certainly wasn't in any state to have been, to have even begun to think about the different. And there were real, really low moments where I just felt so ill and so tired I just couldn't imagine ever feeling normal again. Just sitting in at night watching telly with them and everything, which I would never have done before. I suppose that, yeah that you are, you know, you can come out the other side. Shannen Doherty gave an update on her battle with stage 4 breast cancer and her outlook on life in a new interview with Elle.. There was kind of a lot going on, so my thinking was if that’s what the doctor thinks is a good idea, then that’s what I think I should do. A: When I had done the egg freezing, I had already maxed out of my deductible just from my surgeries and all that stuff, so I didn’t have to pay for any of the lab work and doctor’s visits. H: Was the IVF center you went to for egg freezing specific to cancer patients, or were there other patients at your center already going through the IVF process? But I just said' "Well, just make your decision. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women, with the exception of skin cancer.It accounts for one in three cancers diagnosed in women. H: What did your doctors tell you about PGD? Following their conversation, I sat down with Alli to trace her journey from cancer diagnosis to current treatment state, and get her thoughts about one day having a family through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. H: Knowing there can be a sort of ‘information overload’ during treatment, when do you think it’s appropriate for cancer patients to be informed about PGD? Toggle navigation. Then my friend at CooperGenomics posted something on Facebook, so I started talking to her about it because I had never heard the term “PGD”  before that. When I learned more about PGD, I realized that I would end up doing IVF anyway in order to do PGD testing for BRCA2, because I want to guarantee that I won’t pass the mutation on to my kids. H: While you were going through treatment, did someone on your healthcare team speak to you about the possible effects of cancer treatments on your fertility, or did you ask about it first? But I didn't know how much I was going to come out with and that was a strange feeling because you just didn't know what you were going to wake up to. It does come up in different forms. Yeah they probably don't talk, you know, they don't interact with you in the same way that the chemotherapy nurses did, so I think I found that that quite an impersonal experience. It was a little difficult because the doctors in my cancer treatment program are connected and I felt like my entire healthcare team at the cancer center knew me; at the IVF clinic I went to, it seemed so separate as far as knowing my patient history. But they said that they felt they ought to still give me chemotherapy and radiotherapy to make sure that 'just in case' type thing. (i.e. H: It sounds like you were able to keep living your life, at least to some degree, during treatment. I thought' "I don't want an implant. While fighting for her life, Alli also underwent fertility preservation, because chemotherapy could do severe damage to her eggs. Brief Outline: Diagnosed with breast cancer 1998, Ductal Carcinoma in-situ. When were you diagnosed and at what age? In 2000 found 2 malignant lumps and had a mastectomy, radiotherapy and … I'm quite happy to go and sit round with them for the evening or afternoon and it's really, really nice going away on my own with my dad. So I was, I was just like a child again, like a hundred per cent dependent, particularly during those weeks when I was really ill. And, you know, through all my teenage years I'd always been dashing off with my friends and everything, and suddenly I was at home a lot, all the time and just learnt to appreciate, you know, their company really. I needed the security of thinking' "They know what they're doing," so I didn't even question that. Obviously if everything's got to go then do something but otherwise." Or cancer generally, I will read it. Interview with a Breast Cancer Survivor (who’s only in her twenties!) I was going to bachelorette parties and I was traveling a lot, so I didn’t end up starting the egg freezing until the beginning of September, just because of timing. 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