Nimet22's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes

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    • Nimet22
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Denial

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    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Going chemo or alternative medicine

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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First, small surgery to implant a port-a- cat for chemos. Four rounds of strong chemo to reduce tumor size. It worked, but....

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Two more rounds of taxol, in combination with radiation to stop cancer that spread to the skin. More side effects.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    and more........ can't get only one. But, low white blood cell put me in ER and extra vaccine treatment. Extra: constipation, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, early menopause, infertility, mouth dryness, nausea, mood changes, rash, rectal fistula, skin changes, shortness of breath (for three days right after chemo), lost of appetite, senses got strong, sexual side effects.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    25 rounds of radiation, because cancer spread to skin and surgery can't be done.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    pain-less but lot of fear to surgery, fear to "next day" after mastectomy, well recovery.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Five more rounds of radiation after surgery. Little skin burn.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    One of two rounds of chemo and put in ER with neurophaty in both legs. Pain killer..morphin!! Second round suspended.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Strong pain, had to use morphin as pain killer. Was the result of combination between chemo and herceptin.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    What???? after all that treatment???? Are you kidding me???!!!! yes, back in skin :/ same side right next to the mastectomy scar.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    It didn't go as expected, because surgeon had to do drastic procedure with the help of a plastic surgeon to keep cancer out once and for all. Big scar.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After recurrence and surgery, Iam lucky didn't have to do more chemo according to surgery results, and back to continue with Herceptin-Trastuzumab, had to complete a year. I feel like already complete it, but no...with all the obstacles still have four!! more rounds to go......... uffffff, got tired bringing all that back.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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