jem1332's Journey with Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcin...

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage I, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    over 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My routine March mammogram was followed by diagnostic mammogram with an ultrasound in April for a problem in the right breast. Next was a MRI which indicated possible cancer in the left breast. The ultrasound core needle biopsy revealed invasive ductal carcinoma and ER/PR positive in the left breast. Then I had a stereotactic core biopsy of the right breast which was benign (during that procedure there was a computer failure and I had to get off the table and return to the waiting room. The valium really helped me get back on the table). Then I had my left breast segmentectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy. Lymph node was clear, I had 33 radiation treatments and now I'm on drug therapy.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I was able to continue with my water aerobics so I felt my life was normal. Thirty-three days never seemed sooooo long. I had redness and some discomfort. Since I was laid-off, I could go home; go braless and rest.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    about 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    My 1st year no side effect from taking AI, but now I'm getting hip pain. I worry about osteoporosis since my mother had it. I wake-up at night because of pain in my hips. Is this due to my AI drug since I am ER/PT positive?

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    about 3 years ago
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    Hip pain due to the AI drug

    Side Effects

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    over 2 years ago
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    Echocardiogram possible tumor. Luckily the next test a TEE didn't find a tumor.

    Side Effects

    A very small percentage of BC women, who had radiation of the left breast can get a heart tumor. A heart tumor must be removed by open heart surgery. A side effect of radiation that was a surprise to me.

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    over 2 years ago
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    over 2 years ago
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    Other Care

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    almost 2 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I didn't get any side effects until the 2nd year (this is year 3). The side effects did go away.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 1 year ago
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    I didn't need to have a sterotactic biopsy. I'm doing my happy dance

    Celebration

    I had my 1st "3D mammo" and the questionable "microcals" from my last "digital mammo" were not questionable. My onco wanted an MRI which was ok - no cancer.

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    11 months ago
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    Anniversary

    Celebration

    I'm in year 4, just had my 3D mammo and no cancer. Looking forward turning 70 next year.

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