msesq'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: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 64, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    over 4 years ago
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    Shock

    Oh No

    I got a telephone call at work from the radiologist who did the biopsy that I have breast cancer. It was all I could do to hold it together long enough to get through the day.

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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I have to have a second lumpectomy because DCIS was found in 2 margins. The second lumpectomy got narrow but clean margins, in 12 days I will be able to attend my daughters wedding looking normal.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Second lumpectomy had clean margins. Done with surgery and on to chemo

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Herceptrin, Taxotere and Carboplatin. Last infusion with the Taxotere and Carboplatin 11/11/14, woohoo done with side effects!!

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had hypo fractionated radiation..twice the dose in half the sessions. I was worried about skin side effects but only had a little redness. I finished the 16 sessions with no problem and have 4 boost sessions the first of which I had today. The worst part was waking up at the crack of dawn to get radiation as I am not a morning person.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Last infusion with Taxotere and Carboplatin

    Celebration

    Woohoo done with 2 of my 3 chemotherapies, only have Herceptin until July 2015 left! Hair can regrow and side effects eliminated

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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I finished my hypo-fractionated radiation 12/31/14 just in time to celebrate New Years Eve. Radiation wasn't bad at all but I am happy not to be waking up super early to get to my cancer center before work. Now to heal in time for my first vacation in a year and since diagnosis!

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    almost 4 years ago
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    Bone Scan to see if cancer has spread

    Oh No

    Scared to death my HERS2 BC has spread to my bones. I did Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin, radiation and my knees and hips are very painful. What's next??

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    Cancerversary!

    Celebration

    One year ago today I was diagnosed with HERS2 breast cancer. The idea of surgery and chemo scared me to death and I didn't think I would survive. Today I have 2 more Herceptin infusions and I am done with treatment having survived it all.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. The Taxotere gave me horrible diarrhea.,at first I don't think the onc took me seriously and recommended the BRAT diet and OTC Imodium. That didn't work so I kept track of the number of time a day I had diarrhea and it was over 6. Onc then postponed a chemo, gave me a Rx fir Lomotil and reduced the Taxotere dose by 20%. That seemed to do the trick. Onc wanted to switch to Taxol but I regused due to higher incidence of neuropathy.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Husband diagnosed with prostate cancer

    Oh No

    I would think the universe would owe me one and at least let me finish all my treatment before my poor husband has to start his! Diagnosed in February 2015, told to lose as much weight as possible before surgery in June. June 2nd surgery went fine, lymph nodes were clear but Cancer spread beyond the prostate capsule. We have to wait a week for final pathology report to see if the margins are clean

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    Celebration

    I just got back from my first mammogram post diagnosis of HERS2+, ER- and PR- and was declared NED (no evidence of disease). I had TCH chemo (Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin). On June 30th I will have my final dose of Herceptin and then I am DONE!! Here's to NED for everyone!

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    Remission

    Celebration

    I just got back from my first mammogram post diagnosis of HERS2+, ER- and PR- and was declared NED (no evidence of disease). I had TCH chemo (Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin). On June 30th I will have my final dose of Herceptin and then I am DONE!! Here's to NED for everyone!

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