suz55's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 65, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Pathology report showed triple negative (had no idea what that meant), grade 3, with a K1-67 score of 97%ile.

    Oh No

    Surgeon said he had never seen a tumor that aggressive, so surgery was scheduled for three days later.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Unilateral mastectomy of the left breast with sentinel node biopsy.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had four sessions every A/C every three weeks, followed by weekly Taxol for 12 weeks. just finished on May 28.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    No cancer cells were found.

    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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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Needed a blood transfusion after the fourth A/C treatment.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Low blood pressure (hypotension)

    Side Effects

    Had to reduce my blood pressure medicine during the taxol.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    After my first taxol, broke out in a very itchy, red, burning rash on my arms, stomach, and legs, and had to take a steroid pack for several days.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Ultrasound of liver, pancreas, kidney, and gall bladder shows nothing suspicious!

    Celebration

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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  9. 9
    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Port out and tissue expander in today! TRAM surgery scheduled for Dec 23.

    Procedure or Surgery

    Will share my perspective in a few days.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    about 6 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a TRAM free flap surgery on Dec. 23, 2013, which meant I spent Christmas in the hospital. Surgery was approx. 8 hours long, and I went home on Dec. 27. Had been warned that the recovery time and pain were significant, which was true! I am pleased with the results, though, so it was worth it.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Other

    Other Care

    Chest x-ray ordered due to cough during my 3-month checkup was OK.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Celebration

    How a great 3-month checkup. Lab results were good.

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    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Celebration

    Finally completed the last little touch to my reconstruction with the tattoo in October. The whole process from diagnosis to completion of reconstruction was two years. Feeling extremely fortunate these days!!

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  14. 14
    • suz55
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    over 4 years ago
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    Clear yearly mammogram

    Celebration

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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