Lanage's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Lanage
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a radical mastectomy and lymph node dissection on the right and a simple mastectomy on the left.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Lanage
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Before being diagnosed, I always said that if I got cancer, I would not have chemotherapy. My chances of survival were greatly increased by undergoing chemo, so I did it...for my husband and five children.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Lanage
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 33 treatments of radiation on the right side of my chest. The worse part was having to go to the cancer center every day. And toward the end of treatment, my skin developed a bad burn. But I made it through.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Lanage
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Hair is back

    Celebration

    I have so much to celebrate. I finished treatment, my cancer's gone, my hair is back, I'm feeling well again.

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    • Lanage
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Breast reconstruction (expanders)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had expanders put in to stretch my skin to make room for implants. The stretching/expanding process has been painful. I am done expanding as my skin -- especially the radiated skin -- can't handle any more stretching. I will be getting latissimus dorsi flaps on both sides in a couple months.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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