waltzcar's Journey with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Oh No

    I was told that the biopsy procedure was painless, that I would be given a local anesthetic. Well, I got the anesthetic, but I could still feel the pain of the procedure. Sedation would have been much better, although more inconvenient.

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    • waltzcar
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in s...
    over 4 years ago
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    Treatment Options

    Decision Point

    Not many options to choose from at this point. It seems small, but potentially aggressive, so a lumpectomy is the way to go, then see what the pathology report shows to decide from there.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I didn't like having to sleep in a bra for what seemed like ages.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    Further treatment options

    Decision Point

    My form of DCIS has a rather high recurrence rate, but the DCIS was very small with good margins. I opted for no further treatment, especially because it was in my left breast, and I do not want to run a risk of cardiovascular damage from radiation.

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