joniew'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, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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

    Procedure or Surgery

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

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo is never easy, so I couldn't answer that it was easy to do. However, I tolerated it well - according to my oncologist. I didn't have any major side effects (with the exception of gastro-intestinal distress) until after treatment 4 of the 6. (After that, I swelled up, it was difficult to walk, and I felt the effects of neuropathy.) I answered neutral actually to all of these questions because it wasn't a 'piece of cake' but I was lucky that I wasn't as affected by the treatment as others have.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • joniew
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I used natural treatment for burns - aloe vera leaves. A breast cancer survivor gave that advice and I tell all of my Reach to Recovery patients this. Get some aloe vera leaves (plant them and they grow like wildfire!), cut the leaves and squeeze out the juice. That was the only thing I put on my breast, underarm area and I didn't get burned. (Well, I neglected to put it under my arm and that was the ONLY area that was burned!)

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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