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

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 12 years ago, Female, Age: 57

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had scheduled an elective procedure to have a cyst removed and a new lump showed up before the surgery date. The doctor decided to take it out when he went in to get the cyst and the new lump turned out to be cancer.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma HER2 positive, ER negative

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    almost 6 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    I really wish they had given me more time between this procedure and starting chemo. I was still pretty sore when they had to start sticking needles in it! If they don't offer Lidocaine cream or spray--ask for it!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I began with 4 rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxan over 8 weeks. Thank God for the anti-nausea meds! It was manageable but got worse each time, usually 2 days after treatment. The last time was terrible. My whole body felt awful--but I never threw up! I started losing my hair about halfway through. I took a couple of weeks of and then started Taxol and Herceptin. It was much easier! I didn't have any neuropathy but my fingernails and toenails hurt and looked like they were lifting off the nail bed. No one had warned me about that. I lost both big toenails, but to this day they regrow only to fall off again. I got Taxol once a week for 8 weeks and Herceptin once a week for a whole year. There were no side effects from Herceptin!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    In addition to the sentinel node biopsy, the surgeon did what he called a partial lumpectomy to be sure I had clean margins. The drains were a pain. But the node was clear and so were the margins--hooray!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Piece of cake! I did get a little burned on my shoulder but they gave me these wonderful gel sheets that helped tremendously.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    No one wants to say "cured" anymore--they just tell you you're cancer free. Well, call it what you will--no sign of cancer for 5 years now! I've recently been told by both the surgeon and the oncologist that with my type of cancer, if it's gonna get you, it gets you early, so the further I get from the date of diagnosis, the more likely they are to call me "cured".

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