cranburymom's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 50, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    still in shock...seeking more info, support from people who had gone through the similar experience.

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  2. 2
    over 5 years ago
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    Ultrasound guided core biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    First off, I had no idea that Radiologist is the one who go through the procedure. He was able to relax me and we did not stop talking. Watching the screen focused me somewhat, but I did not take his joke well during the process :-| But that's OK, I think. I felt pain for the first 15 sec, but then it was smooth sailing. I wanted him to have sufficient samples for diagnosis, so I assure him that I do feel great. It may not be a bad idea to tell a patient, how many physicians are involving and their roles and boundary (who tells you what and how much, etc.). Ice pack they gave me really helped me recover fast. They had a very cute tiny pack, which I will keep it forever. A little thing make us very happy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    over 5 years ago
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    Needle aspiration

    Procedure or Surgery

    This is my opinion. But this was totally not needed. Rad said this is a cancer. So let's just go to core bio. Not enough to say cancer-free, not enough to provide any diagno. Just built up more anxiety and more things to wait. Many patients will anticipate more information from this, and only found out that need further testing to know any.... Would like to know how other people think though....

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    over 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery itself went well (lumpectomy sentinel node biopsy) . I was not feeling super well before the surgery, so I anticipate a slower recovery. But the radioactive injection was not painful (core biopsy was worse for me). I had to wait a bit inbetween the injection and the actual operation. The operation was an hour and half, and stayed about 40min at recovery room, and was able to get home that night. My urine was blue - yes like a window cleaner blue. Thought is was funny. The pain was under control, but I tried not to lift my arm. Let me know if anyone would like to understand this procedure more.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    over 5 years ago
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    lymphedema of the prospective (pre-surgical) assessment

    Other Care

    I was recommended by my friend, Lymphedema doc to do this before the surgery. Since I could not make myself available to visit her office, so my husband measured me up and took pics for her to keep them on file.

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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Docetaxel or Paclitaxel? Just wondering whether I should follow the TCH regimen or modified to ease potential side-effect...?

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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxotere & Carboplatin (TCH) regimen

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Herceptin

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  9. 9
    about 5 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  10. 10
    almost 5 years ago
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    Radiation

    My first 4 weeks went relatively fine. General tirendess and occassionally I had to go home earlier. The last 6th week was hard - my breast looks "cooked up" under broiler (it became very dark)! My shoulder and neck areas are constantly hot. I could not wear my bra - as it was irritating. I had and still have some pains in scar area. But this is something I can ignore. Thanks to Heaven this is MUCH better than chemo!

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  11. 11
    almost 3 years ago
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    my second marathon after cancer

    Celebration

    I did thank people and things I can do as a cancer survivor, each mile marker I pass...wind was strong, my feet were screaming, and saw ocean view - feeling pains but this is a good pains as I am still here, breathing air, and running like a warrior.... luv

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