LisaU's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 51, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    • LisaU
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was so hopeful that I would not have breast cancer. Everyone was tellling me that they had similar scares and it was nothing. I felt like my life fell apart that day.

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    • LisaU
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Unfortunately my lumpectomy went longer than expected. I was told they would remove 2-4 lymph nodes I ended up have 20 removed. Out of the 20, 19 were cancer. This is was my panic set in, what went from a small lump--only one centimer to stage III cancer. In March of this year I decided to have a double mastectomy and they put in expanders for reconstruction. I then had radiation in May which gave me an infection in my left breast. I was on IV antiibiotics for over a month.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • LisaU
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Took 3 different chemo drugs for the first 4 treatments which were every 2 weeks. Cytoxan, fluorouracil, and adriamycin. I had a port inserted during my lumpectomy so that helped. The medications helped my nausea pretty well, I was tired. Had some muscle weekness too. The adriamycin had the greatest effect on my physically, I got mouth sores, couldn't swallow for like a week. Chewing ice during treatment does help, but it didn't completely take it away. I was fighting with having heavy periods during this time as well, so unfortunately my blood count got really low and I had to get a blood transfusion---2 units. The next phase of chemo was weekly, taxol for 12 weeks. I thought it was going to be a breeze until I developed neuropathy around the 9th treatment in my hands and feet. Still have it. I take gabapentin but it doesn't completely go away. I was told it could take up to 1 year after treatment.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LisaU
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation in itsef had very little impact on me physcially. I had 30 total treatments on my left breast.. Everyday for 6 weeks. Hated that part. Felt like that was all I was doing was going to the hospital. Had some redness I would say after the 4th week. Wasn't bad. The last week was a "booster" where they radiated only on my surgical scar. Sadly, one week to the day after I completed my radiaton I got a serious infection in my left breast that required more than 30 days of IV antibiotics. Yes, I had to have a PICC line placed because I no longer had my port as I asked them to remove that during my double mastectomy. That was a horrible experience, had to see a infection control doctor.

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