Roberta's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 67, Stage II

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    • Roberta
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

    Interested in vaccine clinical trials for TNBC; and/or other preventive or diagnostic followup trials.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I did not suspect that I was at risk although there may have been evidence when mammogram was followed up with an ultrasound 1.5 years earlier -- and I shared my sister's (7 years my junior) hormone receptive breast cancer diagnosis three months prior to my own TNBC diagnosis. Outside of "our" diagnoses, there were no known risk factors in our family of eight sisters. I have been quite surprised that the majority of women I have met with a diagnosis, never thought they were at risk.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Lumpectomy and lymph node removal.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    AC and Taxol regimens -- Treatment taken as a day by day process reduced impact and was less stressful. Treatment was not easy, but tolerable. AC most difficulty with days 4-7 following infusion. Did not miss any work throughout course of chemo or radiation (went in late two days following first Taxol regimen). I think the "decadron" (steroid) prescribed for AC (one in a.m. and one in p.m. for three days following infusion) alleviated symptoms. Following first (difficult symptoms) Taxol treatment my oncologist directed me to resume decadron, which resulted in a more tolerable Taxol treatment. I did have one instance of prolonged fever at the end of AC treatment course, which required antibiotic (over Thanksgiving holiday). The time does seem to drag, but know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    Radiation was a welcome alternative to chemotherapy as it symbolized a nearing to the end of treatment.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Went on a five day cruise with husband and friends two weeks following end of radiation treatment. A light covering of hair was back. Interestingly enough, my facial hair grew much more quickly than my head hair -- and I had to opt for a painful facial waxing.

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