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

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 50, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Shocked to find 2 tumors; I'm only 46, they are supposed to be cysts, not cancer!

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Right mastectomy with immediate TRAM flap reconstruction.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an excellent plastic surgeon. I feel fortunate to have had the option of this reconstruction although the recovery period was long.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    No lymph node involvement, thank goodness.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Currently having adriamycin and cytoxan every three weeks. I feel yucky for about a week, then start feeling better.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Finished 4 cycles of AC. Now on to 12 of taxol beginning 3/7.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    about 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Done with chemo May 23 2013!

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    about 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started tamoxifen middle of June 2013

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    about 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Side effects of depression and anxiety began in August and got worse as time went on.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    My oncologist told me this would happen, but the reality is very difficult to accept.

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