fiddler's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I thought I was clear - Stage 1A, but then came the news that I'm Triple Negative (TNBC), which limits treatment options and has 20% relapse.

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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Sensitive to clothing rubbing on the wound.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Developed bad fungal infection under breasts and in armpit; sensitive to touch and clothing.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    pain, loss of appetite, taste change, constipation,

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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Quit 2 Taxotere infusions early

    Decision Point

    After all AC and 2 Taxol and 2 Taxotere infusions, I quit because the pain was so great and the remaining 2 infusion represented a 1% - 2% "added benefit", so the trade-off was not enough to endure the pain.

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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    One year on 5/24/14! Met with a friend who is 5 years (Stage 2b) "clean" - also TNBC.

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    • fiddler
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    AC went better than I expected - had infusion on a Friday, Saturday went so-so, Sunday the steroids caused muscle discomfort (Claritin helped), Monday on my back all day, the rest of the two weeks leading up to the next infusion went pretty good. The taxanes were difficult. Switched from Taxol to another, but by the 4th infusion the pain was too great to get out of bed. Started to develop pneumonia because of inactivity; went into hospital overnight. Quit with 2 infusions to go. The doc said it was "perfectly fine" for me to quit. Last blood test gave me over 5% cancer cells in my bloodstream. Next blood test at the end of Feb. 2014 (this month).

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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