katlaird's Journey with Mucinous (or Colloid) Carcinoma

Patient: Breast Cancer > Mucinous (or Colloid) Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage IIB

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    • katlaird
    • Experience with Mucinous (or Colloid...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Did not have clear margins.

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

    Procedure or Surgery

    Re-excision of margins from lumpectomy. Asked Doctor to perform mastectomy instead, but was told that was too aggressive and this should take care of it.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Change Doctors or stay with current surgeon

    Decision Point

    Two failed attempts - unable to achieve clear margins. I decided to go to MD Andersen for further evaluation/treatment.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    No sweat except the nurse that put the IV in tried to kill me. I think the surgeon compared the scene to a butchered hog.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started AC Chemotherapy regiment - once every 3 weeks for 4 total treatments. AC is one of the five most common types of chemotherapy given to women with breast cancer. And it's probably the MOST common drug combination given to women with node-negative (hasn't spread to your lymph nodes) cancer. AC includes two drugs: doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan). But you don't have to remember the names; just the initials, because anyone who needs to know will recognize what the letters stand for. The "A" part of this "chemo cocktail" both blocks DNA production in your cells, and also inhibits the enzymes responsible for repairing DNA. Cells can't live without DNA; thus when they're deprived of it, they die (in fact, some even kill themselves when their DNA is damaged). "A" can't distinguish between cancer cells and normal cells; but because cancer cells are dividing so rapidly, it has a greater negative effect on them than on your normal cells. The "C" part of this chemo combo stops cancer cells from replicating. So between them, you have some pretty powerful agents working to destroy those cancer cells.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • katlaird
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started weekly Taxol regiment for 12 weeks. Taxol targets rapidly growing cancer cells, sticks to them while they are trying to divide, and prevents them from completing the division process. Since the cancer cells cannot divide into new cells, it can't grow and metastasize.

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