LesT's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer in Men > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma in Men

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Male, Age: 75

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    Due to the confidence I have inmy internist, I entered the testing phase with a general "Okay." It also helped immensely that from the very beginning one or two of my adult children were in attendance with every doctors' appointment as a caring and compe

    Oh No

    From the beginning, my internist treated me as an adult and explained the known, the next known, etc. which resulted, from the medical perspective, in referring me to a gathering of a great female breast surgeon, a skillful oncologist, a competent and caring radiologist, all of whom sent copies of every medical test, etc. to my internist. I had no qualms about the issue of cancer because the medical people provided the informaton, addressed the queries, reanswered the questions, and provided me, as an equal adult, with ease that "they know what they're doing. You are encouraged to ask questions, rehear their answers. I was the patient and yet equally informed with the views to the medical people provided treatment to me and for me.

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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery involved removal of the left breast completely as well as 9 of 19 lymph nodes which were cancerous. Additionally, two lymph nodes in my left armpit were also removed. Within a day and a half of hospitalization I came home. In retrospect, again, the medical staff of every level treated me as a reasonable adult and answered my anal questions.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy began August 17, 201l with the following drugs: Adriamycin "the red drug" followed by with Cytoxin. Neulasta was also given to me - once a week, through January 15, 2012. Radiology and hormonal therapy wer provided daily from February 1 for 6 and 1/2 weeks. Tamoxifen was also part of the chemo regimen. Again, the medical treatment allowed me to be engaged with medical personnel and with other patients, so as to hear their stories of cancer, of family, of concerns. That model, began with each member of the medical teams, and gave me a life-changing drive to hear the patients' stories as well as those of family members who were there as well.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The radiologist, his staff, the personnel doing the radiation - each and all explained what was being done and provided me with a high level of confidence that they knew what they are doing and yet, are humane and treated me as an adult who could be given that information and understand it. That, over and over, gave me a great peace that I and they were in partnership to address the medical procedures which will assist me in making it through without worrying about "have they told me the real scoop?"

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    My oncologist worked with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York

    Clinical Trial

    A staff member from my oncologist's office was in charge of receiving information on the dosages and drugs for the chemotherapy. I was kept informed by her through the entire process. I completed reports for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I felt good about assisting in giving data in these reports which could prove beneficial for other cancer patients. I felt good about providing, through the oncologist, information to the Institute and receiving feedback which might prove beneficial to future patients. I felt good, also, because I was being provided with chemotherapy drugs which, on my own, might have financially bankrupted me. That theme, in my conversations with fellow chemotherapy patients and families was often a stumbling block to treatment, "because Dad/Grampa" can't afford it." That view would well be allayed by knowing the cost is minimal and the potential results, life-sustaining.

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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    The side effect is minimal from the radiation and is treatable with medication, such as Gabapentin.

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    Radiation

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    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    AFTER chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy, my family and I celebrated the conclusion of the journey as of March 15, 2012 with a nice meal and wine and dessert at our favorite restaurant. After each sub-phase of the treatment we went to the same restaurant to thank the Lord and for me to thank each of my kids for the successful and deeply appreciated manners in which they were my support team. I also, more than once, thank individuals and groups who I encountered and thanked them for their comments, their support, their prayers. The sharing of one's storries, I found, to be therapeutic as the stories and the reactions provided a warmth o f caring for one's own difficulties and yet having love (more than enough) to care for other people's difficulties. Celebration also provides a "lift" for people in their own ups and downs when they realize that there are a lot of us on their side!

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