As if there weren't enough cancers already...Here's ANOTHER Breast Cancer

United States
February 28, 2008 7:25am CST
Let me apologize to all of my readers who come to expect humor, a bit of wit, and a dab or three of sarcasm in my discussion. There will little to laugh about in this one. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/pagets-breast Above is the link to the cancer website that will allow you to further educate yourselves about this rare but sometimes fatal and misdiagnosed disease. A few years ago I myself had some issues with cervical cancerous cells, and a benign tumor on my uterus. My doctor said these issues put me at risk for developing other types of cancers and that is why I had to have my first mammogram at 26 instead of the usual 40 years of age that your insurance company will willingly pay for. And let me make this abundantly clear to all the would be doctors and nurses on this site. Don't come in here to post your opinion because you heard something somewhere that doesn't make this add up or a friend of your ex boyfriends great aunt's nephew is a doctor and he said... I'm interested in finding out if anyone here has dealt with any kind of cancer and if they would have thought for a minute that a crusty rash was a cancer if they had gotten in on their nipple. I am not interested in being told the information I received isn't accurate. Take it up with the National Cancer Institute, not me. What would you all think if this appeared on your breast one day: This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureole It appeared as a rash, which later became a lesion with a crusty outer edge. This woman never suspected it to be breast cancer but it was. Her nipple never seemed any different to her, but the rash bothered her, so she went to the doctor for that. Sometimes, it itched and was sore, but other than that was just ugly and a nuisance, and could not be cleared up with all the creams prescribed by her doctor and dermatologist for the dermatitis they initially told her she had. The doctors seemed a little concerned but did not warn her it could be cancerous. Now, I suspect not many women out there know a lesion or rash on the nipple or aureole can be breast cancer. For example this womans started out as a single red pimple on the aureole. One of the biggest problems with Paget's disease of the nipple is that the symptoms appear to be harmless. It is frequently thought to be a skin inflammation or infection, leading to unfortunate delays in detection and care. And for this woman it was very unfortunate. After 2 rounds of antibiotics for this womans "rash", it continued to get worse, so her doctor sent her for another mammogram. This time it showed a mass. A biopsy found a fast growing malignancy. Chemo was started in order to shrink the growth; then a mastectomy was performed; then a full round of Chemo; then radiation. After about 9 months of intense treatment, she was given a clean bill of health. She had one year of living each day to its fullest. Then the cancer returned to the liver area. And I find this very important. Just because you go into remission for cancer of one thing does not mean it can't rear it's ugly head in some other part of your body. She took 4 treatments and decided that she wanted quality of life, not the after effects of Chemo. She had 5 great months and she planned each detail of the final days. After a few days of needing morphine, she died. So who else is sitting there going HOLY S---! Have any of you ever had a cancer scare? Have any of you ever battled an ugly beast like this and beat it into remission? Would you ever have thought that a rash could actually be a cancer? Please share.
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
29 Feb 08
Well, I wouldn't have thought of it...but my husband's aunt had it diagnosed after a year of having the rash and she hadn't told anyone of it! thinking it was just a rash that would go away! She was diagnosed less than a month ago...and is on chemo right now...and fortunately it hasn't spread anywhere. My husband was mad at her (she raised him and he considers her his mother) for not telling anyone.....my husband's a pharmacologist who is doing his PhD....and was aware of this and would have warned her if he knew. But like normal people, she didn't bother about a rash...yes, it was a little uncomfortable...but that's about it till pus started oozing out and then she got worried.