threewillows' Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 8 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Oh No

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy or Masectomy desided Lumpectopmy

    Decision Point

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My lumpectomy was as expected untill Pathology report noted no clear margin. There were cancer cells too close to the edge of the removed tissue. I was given the option of Reexcision or Masectomy. Or Double Masectomy, considered because of my family history. I am the 9th diagnosed in my maternal line. I was also offered the option of a skin and nipple saving reconstruction because of the location of my tumor and the early diagnosis. After a great deal of soul searching and talking to my Navagator and everyone I could I desided that a re-excison felt like being whittled away a little at a time.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Margins were not clear after my lumpectomy. I was offered re-excision. Slice me away a little at a time?

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    Onoctype D with randomization for chemo.

    Clinical Trial

    Study to determine the need for Chemotherapy for my particular tumor. I was a low/medium on the scale for needing chemo however I was randomized for taking chemo. I could have opted out of the study and avoided chemo, but for some reason I was more afraid of radiation and the daily scheduling than of chemo. I also was in this to completely do away with my cancer.

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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was lucky with chemo, I was given 4 rounds, three weeks apart so I had a little time to build up before each round. I experienced little nausea except during the administration of the medicine. My Oncologist added anti nausea med to my mix and made it much better. I did loose the hair. the biggest problem was actually the steroid withdrawal after each round. Bone pain and tiredness the second day after would be the worst. I was able to schedule work around this. the longest time away from work for me was two weeks at the masectomy.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  9. 9
    about 5 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    The process of prepairing for implants seemed long at the time. I had hoped to complete all within the calendar year but that was not to happen. I had tissue expanders placed in at the time of the masectomies and had to go to the Plastic surgeon multiple times to have them gradually inflated. There is a certain amount of pain and discomfort with the inflation. I was concerned with the next surgery to put the implants in but it was a breeze compaired to masectomy. very little incision involved in comparison.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  10. 10
    about 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was estrogen progestin + so I begain a 5 year on Tamoxifen. After a year and a half my Oncologist was completely sure I was menopausal so he changed me to Femara. again a 5 year plan. Some of the side effects may be the natural effects of aging but extremely uncomfortable none the less.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  11. 11
    about 5 years ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    I guess it was about a year after at a Doctor visit with my Oncologist, he said "Well, you used to have Cancer." It was the first time I begain to think about After Cancer.

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  12. 12
    about 5 years ago
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    Bone strengthening drugs

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had weak bones before cancer and treatment and the chemo and Tamoxifen/Femara pushed me over the Osteopena line to Osteoporosis. I took Fosamex for about 2 years with minimal change. In retrospect I am pretty sure the combination side effect of the Femara and the Fosamex was creating some pretty dificult bone, joint, arthritis type of pain. Comming off the fosamex certainly made that better.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  13. 13
    about 5 years ago
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    Clinical Trial

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