nanc's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage IIB, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Don't Know, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Right breast invasive ductal carcinoma. Diagnosed September 16, 2002; Stage T2NIaMO, stage grouping IIB; right upper outer quadrant.

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The doctors did not expect that the cancer had spread to lymph nodes; however it had; they removed several lymph nodes and immediately wheeled me down to radiology for high dose rate brachytherapy .where they applied radiation directly to the surgery site. I remained hospitalized for three days and was then sent home with a drain. When I went back to have the drain removed, the site was sore and swollen. I was told to keep an eye on the site and if it continued to bother me to notify the Doctor. Within a day or two I was in tremendous pain; I had severe infection and was hospitalized once again. Some other kind of surgery took place and once again I was sent home. The site continued to be painful and continued to ooze puss and blood; however I needed to start the chemo treatment even though this site was not healed. I had 4 cycles of AC chemo treatments (needing to go in the next day after each treatment for the white blood cell shot) and I continued to nurse the wound. It became time for radiation and the wound was still not healed; however, we went ahead and did all of the prescribed radiation treatment to a total dose of 50.4 Gy., while I was still nursing the wound. After radiation the wound area became worse and I became very feverish and once again ended up in the hospital for a few days. They put me on a very strong intravenous antibiotic which took about 3 hours to administer each day and this continued for about nine months. Suddenly the wound was healed.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 4 cycles of AC; then radiation and then 6 additional cycles of Taxotere with weekly Herceptin; then daily Tamoxifen.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Bracytherapy & External Radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    See Above

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After I finished treatment I got married; moved to a new town and reopened my business "Smiles Delivered" and started creating gift baskets and delivering them nationwide.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    Also had many external radiation treatments.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

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

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  11. 11
    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double mastectomy; more chemo, more surgery, wound care including hyper baric oxygen chamber chamber

    Other Care

    After 4 1/2 years of treatment the cancer returned in the same place and I had the above mentioned treatment.

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    This was just a bump in the road; I had a lot of living to do!

    Decision Point

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

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Bracytherapy & External Radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Plus the wound from surgery would not heal!

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    After one whole year of every day treatment of one kind or another, I was finally free to be me.

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Loss

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

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    This was just a bump in the road; I had a lot of living to do!

    Decision Point

    Soon after my last chemo treatment; I got married and moved to the town where my husband lived. I reopened my business called "Smiles Delivered" and began creating gift baskets and delivering smiles nationwide. The intraveneous treatments were required for some time; however, if that's what it took to keep me alive and make me well, then it wasn't too high of a price to pay. Then . . . 4 1/2 years later, during a routine mammogram; cancer was detected once again.

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Decision Point

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

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    • nanc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Double mastectomy; more chemo, more surgery, wound care including hyper baric oxygen chamber chamber

    Other Care

    Cancer came back again in the same place 4 1/2 years after the first occurrence. Double mastectomy; lots of chemo; more surgery; wound care including wound vac and hyper baric oxygen chamber treatments plus still taking Arimidex every day. I have been to see my oncologist every three months for the past 10 years; however, I have just been given a reprieve and don't need to go back to see him for six months this time. Life is good.

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