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Finally spoke to my oncologist this morning. Before I find out my treatment plan, I will have a PET Scan. 🚺

PET scans, short for Positron Emission Tomography, can detect areas of cancer by obtaining images of the body’s cells as they work. First, you are injected with a substance made up of sugar and a small amount of radioactive material. Cancer cells tend to be more active than normal cells, and they absorb more of the radioactive sugar as a result. A special camera then scans the body to pick up any “highlighted” areas on a computer screen. This helps radiologists identify areas where cells are suspiciously active, which can indicate cancer. Once doctors know where to look, further evaluation can be done with other techniques. One example is a combined PET and CT Scan (known as PET/CT), available in some centers.

PET scans are not used to screen women for breast cancer. The test has only a limited ability to detect small tumors. PET scans can be useful for evaluating people after breast cancer has already been diagnosed, in a number of different ways:

to determine whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes

to determine whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, and if so, where (metastatic breast cancer)

to assess whether metastatic breast cancer is responding to treatment.

PET scans are available in only very few centers, and they are an expensive, sophisticated test that requires special expertise.

Generally, they are used only if your doctor has reason to believe that the cancer may have spread beyond the breast. They also may be used if your doctor suspects recurrence of a previous breast cancer. PET scans can be helpful if other tests can’t tell for sure whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast or to other areas of the body.

My life after cancer.. ~ Madame President
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During a needle biopsy, your doctor uses a special needle to extract cells from a suspicious area.

A needle biopsy is often used on tumors that your doctor can feel through your skin, such as suspicious breast lumps and enlarged lymph nodes. When combined with an imaging procedure, such as X-ray, needle biopsy can be used to collect cells from a suspicious area that can’t be felt through the skin.

Needle biopsy procedures include:

Fine-needle aspiration. During fine-needle aspiration, a long, thin needle is inserted into the suspicious area. A syringe is used to draw out fluid and cells for analysis.

Core needle biopsy. A larger needle with a cutting tip is used during core needle biopsy to draw a column of tissue out of a suspicious area.

Vacuum-assisted biopsy. During vacuum-assisted biopsy, a suction device increases the amount of fluid and cells that is extracted through the needle. This can reduce the number of times the needle must be inserted to collect an adequate sample.

Image-guided biopsy. Image-guided biopsy combines an imaging procedure — such as X-ray, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound — with a needle biopsy. Image-guided biopsy allows your doctor to access suspicious areas that can’t be felt through the skin, such as abnormalities on the liver, lung or prostate. Using real-time images, your doctor can make sure the needle reaches the correct spot.

You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area being biopsied in order to minimize the pain. (Mayo Clinic)

Learn something new everyday! ~ Madame President
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About 20 of you have messaged me, asking how could my cancer return if I had both breasts removed. Having a mastectomy, does not guarantee that the cancer won’t return. 🚺

Undergoing a bilateral mastectomy drastically reduces your chances of breast cancer recurrence since almost all of your breast tissue has been removed. There is a very small chance that residual breast tissue or cancer cells could recur on the chest wall. That is why it is important to continue with self-breast exams; see your doctor on a regular basis for examinations; and report any breast changes to your doctor. 🚺

If you have undergone a lateral (one-sided) mastectomy, you are still at risk for developing breast cancer on the other side. A yearly mammogram of the remaining breast is important to detect any potential breast changes. In general, no form of breast imaging will be recommended after a bilateral mastectomy—with or without reconstruction. 🚺

The more lymph nodes with cancer at the time of the mastectomy, the higher the chances of breast cancer recurrence. Local recurrence after a mastectomy is usually treated effectively with surgery followed by radiation therapy (if radiation therapy was not part of initial treatment). Treatment may also include chemotherapy, hormone therapy and/or targeted therapy. ~ Madame President
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by @sharondamignon “I woke up with you heavy on my heart this morning Shay. I need you know that I am steadfast in my prayers for you and @shaysmomsince1978- I’ve even called on some prayer warriors. I love you both. @sspw #breastcancer #sspw #PrayForShay #YoungWomenCanAndDoGetBreastCancer #knowyourbody #FeelYourBoobs #ShaySharpesPinkWishes

Last night, I received the phone call, that nobody wants. The caller confirmed that cancer has returned in my left breast. Almost 10 years to the exact day of my initial breast cancer diagnosis,
I embark on this journey again. I don’t have any additional information and won’t know any until I see my oncologist next week. 😢

In the meantime, I need all of your prayers! That’s it! Nothing else! Just pray for my family, especially my mom. Pray. Then pray some more. #PrayForShay ❤️

Diagnosed at 26 & 36. Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer! ~ Madame President
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