angeleyes' Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Surgery is planned for a mastectomy in less than a week, all the testing, pathology testing and bone scans, mri's, ct scans, x-rays, ultrasounds and more ultrasounds and more biopsies have been done. I have IDC, that in lymphovascular, I have 3 areas of concern, and microscopic cancer cells located in tissue near my chest muscule..ugh. We had planned to do a lumpectomy but given the result of the lastest biopsy it is out the window and a mastectomy is the only option now. I am both ER and PR postive and Her2 positve. The team say surgery/start reconstruction at the same time, chemo then radiation.. I will take herceptin and another drug also not sure what since I am not Post menopausal... Its hard for me to wrap my head around it just all of a sudden appearing, I had a bx 2 years ago on the same breast that was benign due to calcifications, now that area is malignant and has advanced, i had frequent mammograms every 6 month and between the time for me to have my next i found a lump in the shower...boy..its a bummer

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Due to have surgery 8/30/2012 mastectomy....ugh hate this.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy vs Mastectomy not a choice anymore

    Decision Point

    When I was first diagnoses with IDC in June 2012, we were thinking the surgeon could be conservative and do a lumpectomy, the last biopsy result came in and what I thought was a choice became no choice at all...I now have to have a mastectomy due to the advancement of my cancer and it being lymphovascular...sad.

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Reconstructive sugery options....

    Decision Point

    Was told I could not have implants done due to the radiation not being able to get to the area to radiate well, talked to surgeon again and plastic surgeon and a compromise is worked out, NO flap for me as that is not what i wanted. I will have TE put in when surgery is done but they will be inflated and deflated according to radiation t reatments so the area are easier to get too...thank God....

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They say I will start chemo 3-4 weeks from now...we will see, Im holding on hope for a good run..

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