LizQ's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 57, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • LizQ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Successful Surgery

    Celebration

    All cancer was removed through the mastectomy, nothing was found in sentinal lobes or surrounding tissue, and both (yes, two) tumors were biologically separate, so there was no sign of spreading.

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    • LizQ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Reconstruction technique

    Decision Point

    I was given the option of either the T-flap procedure or the implant. I chose the T-flap. It made sense to me - it uses my own tissue, and can be treated if there is any infection. I had only one side to deal with, so this was the best decision.

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    • LizQ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The hardest part was that they weren't sure I had enough tissue, since I am fairly thin. They tried to add fat to the existing breast, but it all dissipated. Turns out they had enough fat: they had to reduce the new breast 3 times and it's still larger than the natural one.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

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