unowhoandwhy'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 4 years ago, Female, Age: 45, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I went in for my 1st mammo on Monday (10/15/12), because that's what you do when you turn 40. There is no history in my family at all, so I had no expectation of a problem, but I got called back for a 2nd one & an ultrasound Thursday, and they said I had a lump in my right breast. My biopsy is Monday, but I met with the surgeon today and she said that based on what the lump (which is just over 1 cm & not attached to anything, thank god) looks like, there is almost no chance that it isn't cancer (it's not just lumplike, it has nasty little tendrils, etc.). I haven't told anyone yet, I'm waiting for the biopsy results before I do, but I am just numb from the shock of it all.

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  2. 2
    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    about 4 years ago
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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I've been getting seromas, which are unsightly to look at & painful to drain, but all in all, things could definitely be worse. The tissue expanders aren't much fun, but I consider them a necessary evil till I'm healed enough for the final implants.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    about 4 years ago
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    No chemo!

    Celebration

    I got the results of the oncotype dx test today & the recurrence score is only 15, which means no chemo!!! I'm starting tamoxifen tomorrow, but am so very relieved that I won't have to have chemo!

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  6. 6
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tamoxifen so far (knock on wood!) hasn't presented any of the truly awful side effects so far.

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