DarleneDavis' Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 54, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    My first surgery I had the axillary lymph node removed. It was 4.7 centimeters. It came back as an aggressive cancer. They told me I was stage 2B. I didn't know at that time I had triple negative breast cancer. I didn't know what it meant when they told me. Then I found out there is no treatment after Chemo and Radiation. It's an aggressive treatment but there is no meds that are effective after treatment so my chance of reoccurance is higher.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I experienced nausea, extreme hip bone pain having to take nuprogen(spelling probably isn't correct:). I experienced pain and numbness in my hands which I learned was neropathy(spelling again). The neropathy became worse after Chemo. I did not feel good most days. I tried to go on a trial for nausea, not knowing if I was going to get a placeblo or not. I was very sick the first day after Chemo and experienced chest pain and landed in the hospital. I was removed from the trial because I experienced chest pain which is one side effect that would remove a patient on the trial for nausea meds and put on the nausea medicine currently used. I experienced nausea but it was controled to a tolerable level with the nausea meds. My nails turned purple and then turned white and lost my nails.....eventually my toe nails were affected. What was difficult during treatment was being told everything I experienced is normal and given another drug to take. I love my treatment center and everyone there but sometimes I think there should be additional test depending on the serverity. I did get my MD to do an X-ray on my hip and found arthritis. I knew there was more to it than just, "that's normal". Now it's worse. I have heard some woman have had to have hip replacements due to the effects of Chemo.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    The first few weeks were ok but then I became so red and sore they had to change my treatment until my skin gets better. I have wonderful oncology/radiation Doctors. They left it up to me what I wanted to do because they didn't want me experience further discomfort. I tried to continue but then the skin became raw and very painful. I have 11 more treatments of 33 scheduled.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    nausea meds during Chemo

    Clinical Trial

    I only lasted a week on this trial. I was very sick and nauseaed from the 1st treatment. A week later I experienced chest pain and was admitted to the hospital. I was removed from the trial.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    "Chemo Brain" I thought that was a joke at first. I was already in a difficult life before finding out I had cancer....I was very depressed going through losing my home. I live with my twin sister and brother in law. When they started telling me what I was doing.....asking the samething and getting "I just told you that"......we brought it to the doctors attention and that was the first I heard of "Chemo Brain". I broke down many times and didn't want to leave the house. I had either my brother in law or my sister on the phone with me because I would not remember 50% of what I was told. It got better in the middle of Chemo and currently experiencing "Chemo Brain" again.

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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Loss

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

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