ryan417's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 4 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • ryan417
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Whether to have a Port-a-Cath inserted.

    Decision Point

    Due to family member's disastrous experiences, I was hesitant. The doctor gave me time to think about it. A dear nurse friend and the support nurse both assured me it was the best way to go. I don't know how people can do this alone.

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    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Just didn't expect it to be so sore and bruised; glad it will be a week before I start chemotherapy.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start on Thursday (3/14). It's been wonderful to have the supportive responses from folks here and around me. Thanks.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was a very long 9 hours but they promise it will be shorter for next 5 treatments. The waiting was much worse. The nurses were great!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Woke up at 4 am with bright red neck and face which went to blazing red and hot and tight without any other symptoms. Couldn't tell from the med sheets if it rose to calling immediately so I waited til the doctor's office was open. No surprise when the doctor said it could be a reaction to any of the 3 meds! So more steroids for 3 days; bummer. But it could be worse. Thanks again for the vibes, prayers and good suggestions; it is very helpful and encouraging.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    After each chemo treatment I received a Neulasta shot. The pain was awful for several days sometimes longer. When I finished a month ago, I'd expected things to improve. My right hip kept hurting and my primary doctor ordered an x-ray to rule out a condition the sterioids can cause (forgot the name). The radiologist's report mentions sclerosis there and in sacrum with metastatic disease as part of the differential diagnosis and recommended a bone scan. Am waiting to see my oncologist but it was a downer especially considering that I thought my breast CA was caught early and I was looking forward to finishing my treatments within the next 9 months. I'll know more after my appointment but I just needed to try it get it off my mind.

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    • ryan417
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    almost 3 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Last Herceptin Feb.28th! It was long year but I am thankful I was able to work and be supported and surrounded by friends and family

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    • ryan417
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I am thankful for the support nurse who encourages me to call any time as she has been a wealth of information especially with some of the symptoms I did not expect (or think to ask about) but cause me to worry.

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