LadyM's Journey with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage IIIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    How are we going to afford this?? I almost didnt even get treatment because we had no health insurance. We did eventually have to file for bankruptcy, the guilt is still there.

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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I felt relief that my breasts were removed, inititally. Then I felt, as I called it, "non-sexual". With no hair, chemical menopause, no breasts and depression, I did not feel like a woman.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo just sucks

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tamoxifen and I did not work well together. Femara has been much easier to tolerate.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Exhaustion and foliculits (?) I looked like a speckled trout!

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LadyM
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Clinical Trial

    I wanted to be involved and I know that clinical trials are very important to help future patients.

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