Jbro's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    Tumor found on annual mammogram.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Felt like I'd been hit by a truck! 4 drains for 2 weeks were a pain. Developed a seroma and had to have a drain put back in (about 5 weeks after initial surgery) for another 2 weeks but thankfully no infection.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    anastrozole for 10 years

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Hot flashes and night sweats, achy hands and feet, fatigue and trouble sleeping.

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Originally going to have lumpectomy with radiation. Second tumor found in MRI meant mastectomy necessary. After talking to PS about reconstruction and the surgery required on the non-cancerous breast to make it "match" decided on bi-lateral mastectomy. Reduce the risk for recurrence and definite aesthetic benefits. Immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders/implants followed by nipple reconstruction surgery and finally tattoos.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 3 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Nipple reconstruction

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 3 years ago
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    Other

    Procedure or Surgery

    Tattooing

    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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    over 3 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had 700cc implants exchanged for 500cc implants. I think my PS thinks I'm a little crazy but I feel so much better already and I'm just two days out. I know the implants will never feel "real" to me but I feel much more natural looking and comfortable now.

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