Breast Cancer and Type 1 Diabetes

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I have had type 1 diabetes for 41 years and in July 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I did four rounds of chemo and now I am doing radiation.  I will start Tamoxifen in January.  Anyone here have/had breast cancer?????  Would love to hear from you!!!  

Thanks,

Janell
Posted about 4 years ago
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Hi Janell,

Wow - was I surprised to see your post today as I was cruising around the site.  I too was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 (April) and at that time could not find any information about dealing with type 1 diabetes and cancer treatment.  I have had diabetes for 43 years and was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 48 years old.  I did the chemo/radiation/reconstruction thing and am now also taking Tamoxifen.  I have to say that it was really unusual in my experience to be dealing with doctors who mostly were not concerned about the diabetes.  Usually that is ALL any doctor is concerned about and it is blamed for every malady I might suffer. So, cancer trumps diabetes I guess.  It was a new perspective.  ;-)

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Cmoreverde
Posted about 4 years ago
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I was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer and am awaiting to hear what course of treatment await me. I have some other issues than diabetes that concerns me. I deal with chronic headaches that get a lot worse when I am in pain.  I had a rough time when they did the first mammogram and subsequent biopsy and mammogram. My perception of pain is magnified due to fibromyalgia which means I am behind the eight ball. It means the world to me to continue to control my blood sugar while undergoing treatment.  I would like to know how you ladies made out while going though treatment.  Please kindly respond who specifically what steps were taken to ensure that you blood sugar did not sky rocket but that the cancer was yet eliminated. Chemo does put us at higher risk for infection.  Did anyone have a problem with infections?  I would love to know what involvement your endocrinologist had in your treatment.  Was he/she part of the treatment team?  If not, why?  I plan on making my endocrinologist and neurologist and pain management part of my team.  There is no way I will survive without them.
Thanks so much for your input. 
Posted about 4 years ago