grandmajean5's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 73

  1. 1
    about 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had radiation injected before the lumpectomy to see which was the main node. They didn't see any radiation getting to the nodes but since many of the nodes were enlarged, the surgeon wanted to be safe and removed them. It was the worst part of the surgery. Took a few weeks to find a comfortable way to sleep.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was the second lumpectomy. First was on 11/2/12. Doctor was told tumor was 1.2 centimeters. When the lab sent the report, it turns out the tumor was 3.1 cm and the margins from first surgery weren't clean so I had to have a second one.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    To have chemo or not

    Decision Point

    My oncologist ran an oncotype test and we decided that if the result was below 25, I wouldn't have chemo. Above 25 and I would have chemo. Wouldn't you know, my score was exactly 25. The decision is mine and the onc said without it I would have an 80% success rate, with it, 85%. I'm leaning not to have the chemo but my husband thinks I should have it. It doesn't seem to me that, at 68, a 5% increase in my chances doesn't seem like a whole lot. I'm going to think about it over the weekend and see if I can come with a decision.

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  5. 5
    almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration

    I finished my radiation on March 18th and, thank God, with minimal side effects. I was fortunate to not get all that exhausted and only had a fairly bad burn the last 4 days of radiation. I started taking anastrozole the week after radiation and, so far, have not had any side effects. I'm very, very thankful.

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  6. 6
    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed in October 2012 during a yearly mammogram. There is no breast cancer in my family and, being 68, I thought I was safe. A shock to find out it was malignant.

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