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

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 47, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    almost 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I participated in four months of Dose Dense therapy. Treatment was every two weeks: 4 doses x AC, 4 doses x Taxol. Several rounds of strep throat eventually resulted in a prescription for a prophylactic antibiotic. I hated the anti-nausea medication, which numbed my brain. Instead, I carefully monitored my food intake--very small portions throughout the day. Sores in my throat, ketosis, and neuropathy (I fell several times because I simply didn't have any feeling in my lower legs) all made baldness seem like a very insignificant side effect.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 2
    almost 6 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My tumor was large, actually extra-large, roughly the size of a baking potato. On the right side, doctors performed a prophylactic mastectomy. On the left, a radical mastectomy was required--a loss of significant muscle tissue behind breast and three lymph nodes.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    almost 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced 33 radiation treatments. By the end of treatment, I couldn't put my arm down at my side and I had to walk around with my hand on my hip for a month. Either because of the radiation on the lymph node area or because of the three removed during surgery, I now battle lymphedema in my left hand. Six months after treatment, the skin is still affected.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    a lump was discovered under my arm during radiation. It was biopsied that same day, but we had to wait several excruciating days for the results. The results were negative. The lump was a fluid-filled cyst formed in the void formed by the extracted lymph nodes. Because the radiation area doesn't heal well, I battled a staph infection for 21 days.

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  5. 5
    almost 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    A total hysterectomy, one more huge scar. Because doctors were afraid that the ovaries might be cancerous, I was cut from the belly button down to remove the organs without touching any healthy tissue. The ovaries were not cancerous, but did have several cysts and a small, non-cancerous fibroid tumor was in my uterus.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  6. 6
    almost 6 years ago
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    CT and BONE scan results

    Celebration

    Fourteen months after beginning treatment, the CT and Bone scan results revealed that the caner was really gone. I cried. Barry cried. We hugged.

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  7. 7
    almost 6 years ago
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    Doctor says cancer may have metastacized

    Oh No

    Fifteen minutes after we receive the results that the CT scan and Bone scan were negative for cancer, we received word that it might have spread to my ovaries. I was scheduled for a total hysterectomy the next day.

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Sleep after treatment (a Mayo Clinic trial)

    Clinical Trial

    Although a small study, it's a way to pay it forward to all those who participated in studies that made my experiences easier.

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