Zou-Zou's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage IV, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects: hair loss, metallic taste in mouth,lack of energy that pretty much covers chemo for me.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Modified radical mastectomy. No complications, I choose to skip re-construction .

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

    Radiation

    Slight sunburn effect. Simple and fast treatment. Worked full time, no complications. Go to the best hospital you can find and take care of the treated area. Read everything that you can find on your type of treatment .

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I would walk everyday regardless of my lack of energy.

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    No celebration. Cancer and I are living together for as long as it allows.

    Celebration

    Here is my view: cancer is a rodeo bull; you ride it as long as you can,'cause this rodeo has no bell and no clowns that run into to distract the bull. Yahoo, so far, so good.

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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Thank god, I lost a breast and not some vital organ.

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    Left my community hospital to go to MGH in Boston. It saved my life.

    Decision Point

    You have one life.XXX convenience, get the best care possible.

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    Nutrition consult

    Other Care

    My Oncologist sent me to a nutritionist, changed my way of eating, dropped 95lbs and I haven't looked back.

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    Problem with doctor

    Oh No

    My original oncologist declined to prescribe chemo, he said the risks outweighed the benefits. He wanted to prescibe tamoxifen and leave it at that. Umm, I had metastatic breast cancer, the risk was chemo side effects. The benefit was dying later rather than sooner. I found an Oncologist who would prescribe chemo and three years later I'm still here.

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