Monica's Journey:

Patient: Breast Cancer > Mixed Tumors

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Always get a 2nd opinion, and not rushed into anything.

    Decision Point

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The nausea, metalic taste to my mouth, loosing all of my hair in one night did not bother me as much as how much energy it zapped out of me, I became more than tired, and every 3 weeks when I went in for the whole day procedure which included pre-medicating me with steriods, etc, so I would not have a reaction to the 2 different chemo drugs that went through my central line and than the Herceptin wich I am still receiving. I gained 10 lbs each time,and I had no appetite.My body held on to every thing and the steroids made me bloated.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Anemia medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Medicine for low white blood cell count

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Nausea medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I learned after the first few chemo appt. that on the 2nd day after I received chemo I would get sick, so I new when to take the nausea medicine. I kinda helped. I drank lots of water when I was going through chemo, so that my kidneys would not hate me later, and also it helped flush the chemo out.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Pain medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    2 weeks to the day I started chemo, all of my long(past mybra strap) dark blond hair came out. It did not hurt. I woud rake my hair with my hands and it just fell out. I still have a bag full of the hair I lost. I knew I was going to lose my hair, but I knew it would grow back. One thing that was nice, I did not get a zit for 6 months, or have to shave. I was to tired to care about losing my hair, I just wanted to live to be here for my 4 boys.

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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

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    • Monica
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I remember saying I must have chemo brain, because I was forgetting everything. Than I learned there is such a thing called chemo brain. I would write myself notes all of the time so I would not forget things. It does resolve with time.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I had extreme fatigue. I still have fatigue, but it has gotten alot better. I will have my good days and than I crash. I just take everything day by day.

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    • Monica
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    I would get it 2 days after chemo, and on and off.

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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Even though I had no appetite, I would gain 10lbs every time I had chemo. I went from a size 6 to a 10. I am forcing myself to become more active to get my energy back and to lose the weight, wich is mostly water weight from the steroids.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Vaginal dryness or irritation

    Side Effects

    I went into instant menopause within a month of starting chemo.

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    about 5 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    metalic taste to my mouth, vanilla ice cream was the only thing that tasted good, and I am not a ice cream person.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    I never had issues with edema, even when I was pregnant. But once I started chemo, I would get "cankles", my feet and ankles would swell up so much it hurt. I was put on Lasix to get rid of the fluid and stayed off my feet.

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    • Monica
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    about 5 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    I lost all interest in sex. It had nothing to do with my husband. But I felt like XXX, I did not feel pretty inside. Cancer takes your hair, your energy, your lipido, your breast, how are you to want to have sex with all of that going on.I just wanted to make it through the day, and when all of your estrogen is gone it really effects you.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I got migraines, my whole head would hurt after getting chemo. I also had alot of pain after my right side mastectomy with lymph node removal. I still have pain where my breast once was.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    After I had my right side mastectomy I have nerve damage down my inner right arm to the elbow. Also where my breast once was.

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    • Monica
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    about 5 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

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    • Monica
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

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    • Monica
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    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

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    • Monica
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    Other

    Loss

    After my last chemo appt. I cried for the first time, because I knew the next step was surgery to remove my right breast and lyph nodes.

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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    The surgery was not as bad as I thougt it would be. I had alot more pain in my armpit where my lymph nodes where removed. It took awhile to look at the surgical site. I had cald it the evil boob and disowed it before surgery, so it was easier to have the mastectomy. I wanted the surgeon to do a double mastectomy, but I was so anemic from the chemo, she said it would be harder to recover.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Monica
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    By the end of radiation I was so tired.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Other Care

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    • Monica
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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