CarKling's Journey:

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Female, Age: 52, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    4 different chemo drugs: Adriamycin, taxol, taxotere, carboplatin

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Medicine for low white blood cell count

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was able to keep working only because of this drug since I am around sick people a lot.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The last week was a little rough and the couple of weeks that followed, no major skin issues, just felt weak and tired.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    very slowly got better, but not all the way :-(

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    It grew back :-)

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

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

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Was able to control with injections

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Able to control with injections

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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    Sentinal and axillary 15 lymph nodes removed. I have never had an issue with lymphedema.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Loved the port....minimal care, no digging around trying to find veins!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • CarKling
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a right mastectomy with TRAM reconstruction. It was awesome to have everything done at once instead of having multiple reconstruction surgeries. 8 years later, I was diagnosed with DCIS in my left breast and I am currently undergoing reconstruction in that breast after having it removed, and I have to say it's a pain in the butt! (but I'm glad to have the opportunity for reconstruction)

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