cheypeggy's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 59

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    Found large lump in breast - biopsy came back positive

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I felt very uncomfortable with my surgeon, and should have followed my instincts. I was just scared and wanted the surgery over with. The morning of the surgery, he had me confused with another patient and thought he was performing a lumpectomy. The port he implanted was poorly positioned so it never worked properly, and was the main cause of a blood clot in my jugular vein that occurred after the 2nd chemo treatment.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects pretty much as expected. Each treatment cycle seems to hit a little harder, take a little longer to recover

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Harder to handle emotionally than the mastectomy!

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Blood Clot in the Jugular vein as a result of the port implant! Pretty scary.

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  6. 6
    about 1 year ago
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    Other breast removed prior to reconstruction, due to high risk of recurrence. This was done at the same time as tissue expanders were implant in preparation for breast implants.

    Procedure or Surgery

    I contracted a "hospital acquired" bacterial infection in my lungs. Was hospitalized for 10 days instead of 2. When the expansion was started, the Dr. realized that this process would not work for the left breast due to severe scarring of the chest wall from the radiation. O

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  7. 7
    about 1 year ago
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    Removal of tissue expander on left side, and removal of infected tissue from a "hospital acquired anaerobic infection".

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 10 day hospial stay, this infection required another port being implanted for subsequent IV antibiotic treatment.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  8. 8
    about 1 year ago
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    Antibiotics

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to return to the infusion unit for IV antibiotics. Daily, for 60 days.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  9. 9
    about 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had to have the TRAM flap on the left side because of the scar tissue on left side.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  10. 10
    about 1 year ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    /implant placed on right side at the same time as the TRAM flap. 10 hour surgery

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  11. 11
    about 1 year ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I experienced severe burns on left chest wall. After each of the last 10 treatments, I had to visit the burn center for medication and bandaging. Extremely painful process that was totally unexpected. I thought radiation would be the easy part!

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  12. 12
    about 1 year ago
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    Radiation

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

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