DebH's Journey with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Ductal

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma > Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • DebH
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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    • DebH
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • DebH
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was very sick. I was encouraged to work: to take off 4 days after the treatment and return to work. I managed to do this for the first two treatments, but ended up in the hospital for heart concerns after treatment #3. I ended up taking 6 weeks off at the point, which included the 4th treatment and part of the radiation treatment. Ever since I have struggled with energy issues. I take femara to prevent a recurrance of breast cancer, and I have achy bones and fatigue that are most likely side effects of femara. I went from 7 doses a week to four, and that has helped a little, and my tumor marker numbers are okay.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • DebH
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Compared to chemotherapy radiation was a breeze, but I did have localized pain from the burning.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • DebH
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Ca...
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    We went fishing in Kodiak, AK the summer after I finished treatment. It felt good to be on the water with my husband and friends. The salmon and halibut catch was good, too!

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