pll's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 23 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage II, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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

    Oh No

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    • pll
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • pll
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a relatively "good" experience with chemo (if there is one). I didn't lose my hair in clumps. it just kind of thinned out. I wasn't terribly nauseated. and this was in 1994. I understand the anti-nausea and chemo drugs have improved since then.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • pll
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    In 1994, Tamoxifen was the only drug of its type available. I 39, so pre-menopausal. It was horrific. I had hot flashes and night sweats. I began intermittent periods and had several endometrial biopsies. this went on for a few years until my ob/gyn could finally get insurance to cover a complete hysterectomy. then the fun really began w/ hot flashes and night sweats. most of that stopped when the tamoxifen stopped after 5 years. Was it worth it? Well, it's been 18 years since my diagnosis and I'm still here. no reoccurance or any other issues. In the long run, I think it was worth it.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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