hmt1070's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 9 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    whether to pursue fertility treatments before cancer treatment

    Decision Point

    We had stopped fertility treatments a few months before my diagnosis and needed to decide if we should pursue egg harvesting before chemo. We met with a specialist and decided it was best to push forward with the cancer treatment, rather than delay it in order to harvest eggs.

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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery took a little longer than expected and I woke up in the ER! The recovery was fine, but the muscle tenderness in my arm, shoulder and neck lasted a while. I'd do it again, tho, to have that cath!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The first three months were a combination of Taxol & herceptin the first week, then just herceptin the next two weeks. This 3 week cycle repeated for three months. After that, the chemo changed to FEC with the herceptin for the next three months.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was actually a mastectomy first, then partial reconstruction - tissue expander was implanted.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had 34 radiation treatments. By the end, my skin was red and sore, but with only a little bit of blistering.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    adjuvent therapy - herceptin

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Herceptin without chemo was easy. This was another six month cycle, but treatments were only once every three weeks.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    After the herceptin treatments ended, the final reconstruction was scheduled and went according to plan.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    The port was removed in the doctor's office - no problems!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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