peteb's Journey with Breast Cancer in Men

Survivor: Breast Cancer in Men

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: about 16 years ago, Male, Age: 60

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    How unlucky can I be the odds of a man having breast cancer 1 out of 100?.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    Planned surgery for Thursday went in and had to wait for an unexpected surgery on another paitent. Surgeory was completed and i stayed overnight in the hospital. Released on Friday morning to go home. Visited Dr on Monday and returned to work on Tuesday.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    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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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo thru an iv on Fridays every 3 weeks for 8 treatments. Would experience quizzy stomach for a couple days. Eat a lot of peanut butter sandwiches and salads with no dressing.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation

    Treatments for 6 weeks everyday. No side effects until the last week when the dosage was increased. Had some blistering and burning

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Finished all treatments and everything returned to normal. Cancer free for 10 years.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Have issues with a nagging cough went to Dr. Had an exray and found that there was a spot on my right lung. Had a biopsy and found that my breast cancer had spread to my lung. Started taking hormone thearpy (Tomaxafin) which controled the growth of the Cancer.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    Trouble breathing returned to Dr and he told me that my Cancer had begin to grow again

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have fluid drained from my lung to help improve breathing.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    Fluid returned within 3 days of procedure.Dr said that he would send me to a surgeon for a procedure that would help to control fluid build up

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    • peteb
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgeon performed a procedure that he placed a talc between the lung and the sack that holds the lung. Doing this created scar tissue that prevents the build up of fluid. Stayed in hospital for 3 days to recover then returned to work.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • peteb
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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

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    • peteb
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Loss

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    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    Procedure to prevent fluid build up has worked.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started a new type of treatment that is suppose to prevent the receptors from attaching to the hormones that help it to grow

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • peteb
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    over 4 years ago
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    Other Care

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

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    • peteb
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Birthday

    Celebration

    I now know the importance of having a birthday. During this whole ordeal I have had many ups and a few downs. The love and support of my wife has helped me to get thru this. All of my freinds and co workers have been very helpful. The one thing that I have belived in thru this is that I have a chance to beat Cancer and if I don't then I will live everyday as if it were my last.Thank God for giving me the chance to continue to live and breathe.

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