sugarcat24's Journey:

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

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage IIIA, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery at a large teaching hospital sounded like a good idea. It wasn't. I was treated like a number, not a person, with a total lack of compassion. And, never again do I want to be in a situation where students are performing surgery on me. The results were disappointing, and the surgeon doesn't care.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Not as bad as I'd feared, but not easy. I am totally frustrated that I'm expected to go to work most days and I get little or no feedback on what side effects are to be expected. "Everyone is different"--sick of hearing that. Feels like I need to fight every step of the way for whatever they can do to mitigate the effects. I am through 7 of 8 chemo treatments. Counting the days until this is over and I get my life and my BRAIN back.

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

    Radiation

    Radiation is next up, starting in early October. Concerned--how much benefit will I get, and how much damage will it do?

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