July 14, 2006, Newsletter Issue #25: How Dianosis Of Breast Cancer Is Made

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Doctors look at many factors when diagnosing breast cancer. It is a process that may take weeks and require you to talk to multiple doctors. Therefore, waiting for information about a breast cancer diagnosis can take a toll on any woman. Tissue or fluid removed from the breast in a biopsy will be looked at and tested in a laboratory to see if cancer is present. There may be more tests to discover the extent of any cancer that does exist. During these waiting periods, you are likely to feel anxious, irritable, even downright terrified. After all, you might ask, if you have cancer in your breast, is it not it even spreading while you wait? But the delays in receiving a diagnosis are normal. All women suspected of having breast cancer will go through them. Remind yourself that breast cancer, even an aggressive form, is not likely to change significantly in just a few weeks. And while not knowing your final diagnosis can cause worry, it is suggested that you try to cope with the delay of your breast cancer diagnosis by pampering yourself, and planning fun outings to help take your mind off of waiting for the diagnosis.

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