Gabba'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 6 years ago, Female, Age: 71, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Gabba
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 4 years ago
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    • Gabba
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 4 years ago
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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    Immediately sought out the best surgeon, plastic surgeon and NP for genetic testing. I also did Reiki and massage to help keep me calm and relieve some tension.

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    • Gabba
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    almost 4 years ago
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    My husband and I had complete confidence in my surgeon, decided on breast conserving surgery and have never looked back

    Decision Point

    Once I knew I did not carry the BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene it was easier to decide on a lumpectomy.

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    • Gabba
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I also had a sentinel node biopsy which was negative. Had to go back two weeks after initial lumpectomy to "clean up" the margins. With multiple mammograms, an MRI, ultrasounds, the size of the tumor was two times larger than expected.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gabba
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    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was extremely fortunate to have a center just a few minutes from my house. The radiation team was exceptional and always available. Having larger breasts (DDD) the radiation burns beneath my affected breast were horrific and very painful. The burns did not occur until the last week of treatment and lasted for several weeks. The best treatment was a hair dryer on cool setting until my kids got me a portable, battery operated fan I could blow on the skin...it was like a miracle treatment.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Gabba
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After an Oncotype DX test showed the benefit of chemotherapy would be minimal, I started Arimidex one week after radiation ended. I began having hot flashes almost immediately. Night sweats lasted a few months, flashes occur much less frequently now. I have developed some joint pain especially in my fingers and shoulders. I deal with all of this with the knowledge that this medication is helping me stay cancer-free.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Gabba
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    I celebrate the day of my second lumpectomy as my anniversary. I take my medication every day. I find that as the days, weeks and months go by it becomes easier to believe I am a survivor.

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    • Gabba
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    over 2 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    9/2/14- new findings on mammogram in the "good" breast 9/4/14- more imaging....need stereotactic biopsy 9/10/14- bx done 9/12/14- NO CANCER!!!

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