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

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

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 56, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes

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    • Jan
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ (...
    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was on 12/15...just a week ago. I had a post-op visit with my general surgeon yesterday and the pathology did indicate multi-focal cancer throughout my left breast, so I realize that I didn't have much of a choice about having a mastectomy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jan
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ (...
    over 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had my right breast reduced and lifted at the same time as my left side mastectomy. Idid that because i wanted to have at least a small sample of the tissue in that breast sent to pathology, and i am happy to report it came back clean. Yeah!! I am also absolutely thrilled with my new right breast appearance. It went so much better than I expected. No pain in my right breast but that expander in my left breast is going to drive me insane, as is the drain! I have an appointmente with my plastic surgeon later today and my oncologist after that appointment. Then we will know what the next course of action will be. It may be chemo or radiation, or it may be nothing.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Jan
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ (...
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I had my mastectomy last week. Saw my oncologist today. He doesn't see the need for radiation, or chemo. Wants me to be on tomoxifen starting today, but feels everything is looking the way it should. Yeah!!!

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