Phighter4life's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

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

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Shortly after diagnosis, developed staph infection from needle core biopsy. Very painful and almost had to delay surgery because of infection. Double "Oh No."

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    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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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    2 of 16 nodes infected - Stage 2b

    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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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    TAC - 1 treatment every 3 weeks for a total of 6 treatments. Side effects were tough but I have a great support network who helped me through it every step of the way.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    7 weeks of radiation - 5 days per week. I developed a "hot spot" in my armpit that was painful and difficult to heal after about the 3rd week. Other than that it was relatively easy. It took longer to drive there than the actual treatment!

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  6. 6
    almost 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Finished treatment in July, 2011. Felt great and was so happy to get my life back again!

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  7. 7
    almost 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Started feeling upper back pain in March, 2012. Had bone scan, MRI, CT Scans and PET Scan and found a small mass on my chest wall. Biopsy revealed triple negative breast cancer had spread (recurrent metastatic). Since my diagnosis in 2010, 2 of my 4 sisters have also been diagnosed. Although they are ER positive, not triple negative like me. All 3 of us have taken every genetic test commercially available (BRCA1, BRCA2, BART) and have been negative on every one of them. Isn't it strange that 3 of 5 sisters have breast cancer with no genetic link?

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  8. 8
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Xeloda

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Still fighting...

    Other Care

    Please check out my page that I created to share my story of our family's experience with breast cancer. www.facebook.com/PhightLikeAPhippsGirl We have had 3 of 5 sisters diagnosed with breast cancer in less than one year with no genetic link. Why??

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  10. 10
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Had radiation to shrink the tumor that was resting on the intercostal nerve in my ribs. Within 4 treatments the pain was gone. I feel like a new woman again!

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  11. 11
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After radiation, I still needed to address the lymph node under my clavicle that is malignant. So I started eribulin yesterday and hope that this will work!

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