penny364's Journey:

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

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed cancer more extensive than originally thought

    Oh No

    Possible cancer in left side and cancer in right side in larger area than mammogram showed. More biopsies this week.

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    over 4 years ago
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    lumpectomy or mastectomy

    Decision Point

    Have decided to have a lumpectomy with four weeks of radiation afterwards.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the surgery as outpatient and was home that afternoon. Most effects were from the anaesthetic. Gel ice packs took care of most pain, took Ibuprofen twice. I'm just tired. I'll get results of lymph node biopsy and whether edges of the tumor were clear later in the week.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Didn't get clear edges

    Oh No

    The pathology report shows that the surgeon didn't get all of the cancer in Monday's surgery. Next step is a mastectomy. Appt. June 6 to discuss the surgery and options for reconstruction. This was unexpected and I'm feeling really down over it.

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    • penny364
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    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy- double or single

    Decision Point

    Need to decide whether to have single or bilateral mastectomy, and whether to have reconstruction, and what kind of reconstruction to get. Overwhelming choices.

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Difficult to sleep, pain where arm meets chest and below breast area where drains go into skin. Removed dressings and cried. Can't wait to feel better.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • penny364
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    about 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Since my cancer was caught early, I won't need chemo or radiation following the bilateral mastectomy. Hooray! I feel so fortunate.

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