Betsy's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 55

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was so scared! Nothing seemed in my control.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    What hospital and doctors to use, there are many notable ones in my area

    Decision Point

    I asked around and started going to one hospital with a pretty respectable doctor, but I became unhappy with his style. I felt like he wasn't as knowledgable as his reputation lead me to believe. So I made the decision to get a second opinion.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    I did a study where I possibly was taking a cancer drug.

    Clinical Trial

    I was taking either a placebo or a cancer drug that had been already approved for lymphoma, but not yet approved for breast cancer. It was mostly recordkeeping. I enjoyed that part, it made me feel like I was giving back to society alittle.

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    28 days ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    through routine follow ups CT scan shows mets to liver and lung

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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    28 days ago
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    Ibrance

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance- made my hand feel like it was on fire. Had to sleep with my hand in a bowl of ice.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Betsy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo, started with paclitaxel and carboplatin. I had a few reactions, so I had to stop the carboplatin a few sessions earlier than planned. It's scary, but so many others are going through it the same as you are.It's kinda comforting to know you are not alone.

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