karenp's Journey with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 48

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    • karenp
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was pleasantly surprised by how good I felt immediately upon waking up in the recovery room. I just rested while talking with family members for about an hour and then left the hospital and went home. We ate a nice dinner and I was able to rest well that evening and got a good night's rest. The following day, I was a little sore, but didn't require any pain relievers beyond Tylenol. I actually did some shopping with my mom the next day and was able to visit my classroom!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • karenp
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had four rounds, three weeks apart. I had read and have heard that they become more difficult with each treatment. I actually experienced it differently and felt that once I had gone through round one, I knew better what to expect and could stay ahead of the side effects. I found that I felt better if I was active. On days when I did nothing, I was more likely to dwell on how I felt. It's important to get good rest and good nutrition, but I believe that you have to push yourself to keep life as normal as possible. Having two kids and a job may have been beneficial because regular life events forced me to overcome the chemo. I worked to drink as much water as possible and added a lemon when my sense of taste wasn't quite right. Some days I even added flavoring. It was especially important on that first day after coming home from the treatment. And.........losing hair. I did have a few tears on the day my brother shaved my head for me. I didn't expect to feel that way. I was at a family gathering and I think my parents took it harder, which is very natural. We made it fun and I was glad to be with my family......and glad I didn't have to pay for that one! Ha, ha............since then, I have not missed it. It is coming back now, but I am really enjoying the freedom from styling! When school started in the fall, I decided that I was going to ditch the hats and have felt great about just being me without hair. It's certainly not as bad as you think when you first realize that you're going to lose it. Now, I don't know what I'm going to do when it grows out.........yuck, buy shampoo and other hair products again and wake up earlier?

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • karenp
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The real impact to daily life is adding the treatments to your schedule. I traveled 35 miles to my treatments so I had to leave work each day, which was difficult at first, but I had great support at work and from friends who helped me by picking up my kids and etc. Otherwise, the doctors, nurses and technicians were awesome so it was almost fun to see them each day. I experienced some pain as my skin started to break down and had put a bandage over an area where some skin had worn away. I didn't realize how damaged my skin was so the bandage pulled away more skin. It was painful and I wish I'd known not to do that. My skin became darker and I did find that because it was damaged and painful, it helped to wear a t-shirt under my bra to keep it from rubbing against my skin. I did find that it healed very quickly after the treatments ended. I was very thankful for that!

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • karenp
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in sit...
    over 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am starting Tamoxifen this week. I am a bit nervous about the side effects, but have done well with the treatments up to now, so I'm hoping for the best.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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