PatriciaLinz's Journey with Mixed Tumors, Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Mixed Tumors

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 14 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I'm glad I had this surgery as I was 46 at the time and didn't want to go through life with a prosthesis. The plastic surgeon did a great job BUT I had to have emergency surgery 3 days on the healthy breast due to a Hematosis (fluid retention). It was a lot to go through, the recovery was painful.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was very sick for 2 days after my 1st treatment. Each treatment I got worse until I was sick (nauseous and weak) the whole time. There were 8 treatments in all and it was rough. I lost all hair after the 1st chemo. and went into Menopause (never had another period after that). I had 2 different drugs, Adriomycin/Citoxin (4 treatments) and Taxol (4 treatments. Each treatment was 3 weeks apart. I also had a port put in before I started chemo. so that I wouldn't "blow my veins". That was minor surgery and well worth it. My heart goes out to anyone who has to go through this.

    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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    External radiation

    Radiation

    This wasn't nearly as bad as the chemo. Pain free. I just had to go everyday M-F for 2 months and I got tired.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    The days of vomiting and continuous nausea after each chemo. treatment was the worst. Also they gave me steroids to help me tolerate the treatment which made me wide awake for about 24 hrs. Lost all hair after the 1st chemo. I wore a wig or scarves/hats or caps. People knew I had Cancer. Family and friends were very helpful throughout. My faith in God really pulled me through in the end. I tried to stay positive as much as possible.

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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    My friends threw a party for me and I was very touched by that.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was initially diagnosed with one tumor (Mixed Ductal Cell) and slated for a lumpectomy. Then they did a breast MRI (very new at that time) and found another tumor (Invasive Lobular Cell) which caused me to have a Mastectomy instead with breast reconstruction. So quite different from my initial diagnosis.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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