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

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage III, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: No, PR Positive: No

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    over 5 years ago
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    Oh No

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    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carboplatin, Taxotere, Herceptin Infusions- 6 Treatments Hair loss, weakness, slight neuropathy in big toes. Queasiness--no vomiting. Herceptin alone - 12 additional treatments--hair started to grow back; felt better sooner. I had to give myself shots for awhile--during first 3 or 4 treatments--I can't remember what they were called--but it was to build white blood cells.

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

    Radiation

    25 Sessions; 5 days a week. Painless until about 3rd week then some burning sensation on skin; the last week was very difficult because burning to skin was increased. Permanent discoloration where radiation took place. Still tender 9 months later--not sure if it is from radiation or just surgical aftermath.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration

    16 months since surgery; still sensitive around breast area. Hair coming back in nice and thick (thicker than before); and wavy in the back (used to be straight). Consulting 24 hours per week.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Surgical site - lymph node removal; mastectomy

    Side Effects

    It has been 1.5 years since surgery; numbness continues under right arm and in armpit (13 lymph nodes removed); chest where breast was removed still tingly upon touch and feels strange. Most bras are uncomfortable. I wear strapless bras--because I can't stand the pressure on my shoulder.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    When I complain about this, some people say that it is from aging as much as anything--but I notice making decisions is sometimes harder--especially if there are multiple consequences or steps. I forget appointments. Lock in on one thing and forget another. I get depressed more easily than before all of this.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I'm still not able to do an entire 8 hour day. I still need naps or rest periods. I get up at btwn 7-8; go to work from 10 until 3; go home and rest--sometimes sleep; get up and have dinner watch t.v. Doing anything else during the week requires planning, caffeine, and determination.

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    over 3 years ago
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    Many Things

    Oh No

    Second cancer; 1st cancer was thyroid--all gone. I went into surgery expecting this to be Stage 1; came out with a spacer for expansion and found out I had Stage IIIc. Still have not had spacer stretched any further. I don't feel I can celebrate because I feel there is a cloud hanging over my head. I know the cancer was taken out (11 of 13 lymph nodes); but I just keep on going. Finding joy in the everyday things and people helps.

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