grams2jc's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Female, Age: 54, Stage III, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery 11/5/10 left modified radical mastectomy. Surgeon's opinion was that with no family history and my own history of rheumatoid arthritis I should not do double. He wanted to limit incisions and told me I could always have right mastectomy at any time.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Just couldn't believe it. Found a lump then almost immediately there was one under my arm. Waited 1 menstrual cycle to see if it would change...nope. Mammo 10/14/11 biopsy 10/28/10 official diagnosis 11/1/10

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    over 5 years ago
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    Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgeon was unable to remove everything he wanted to because it was wrapped around a vessel. SCARY

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    4 treatments of epirubicin/cytoxan...my oncologists office could not get adriamycin and 4 treatments of Taxol all doses were 3 weeks apart. Taxol was the hardest before my MO slowed the drip down to 6 hours. Bone pain had been horrific. Hated Taxol because of the loss of eyelashes and eyebrows.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  5. 5
    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Clear ct scan

    Celebration

    Was spending a long weekend in Branson MO to celebrate the end of chemo, got the call that my CT was clear...nodes above my clavicle were gone and so was the mess under my arm that had wrapped around a vessel and my surgeon couldn't remove it. Cried, then I went into the Coach outlet and bought myself a "drastically reduced" pink purse to celebrate. I earned it.

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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

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

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Burning and blisters

    Side Effects

    Burning and blisters delayed treatment. I had an irrational "thing" about radiation. Hated that machine, hated exposing my "normal" breast so they could line up the tattoos, hated, hated, hated it. It was irrational. Railed against the lotions and creams and the mess they made and clothes they ruined. RATIONALLY, it wasn't hard but I just hated it. As they started delaying it I started thinking about just not going back...my husband talked me out of that by telling me that I couldn't give the insurance company a reason to deny treatment later AND I wouldn't be able to live with myself if cancer came back and I couldn't say I had done everything I could to keep that from happening.

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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hot flashes are no fun but they are easing a little, or I am just getting used to them, one or the other. Since I have a 3C dx I will be on something for 10 years so hope it goes smoothly.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  9. 9
    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Had 2 of my stepchildren and their families and my daughter and her family over for dinner and a belated Indepedence Day celebration. We live in the sticks so were able to have our own fireworks display.

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Clear CT

    Celebration

    2nd clear CT. Felt wonderful to get that news, oncologist gave me a hug.

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    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Good results

    Celebration

    Clear mammogram

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  12. 12
    • grams2jc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Gyn did pelvic u/s as baseline for Tamoxifen - 3 mths post starting Tamox. Noted thickening, fibroids, ovarian cyst..had endometrial biopsy which was fine but still rec. hyst. Sent to other gyn as 1st gyn doesn't do surgery, that gyn didn't rec. surgery. 3rd gyn rec. hyst due to worry about ovarian cancer, onco said yeah, good idea. Primary care doc says no, wait until healthier, BC is in remission, RA is in remission, stress could cause problems with RA. He suggested wait at least 6 months. So waiting. What a bunch of info and conflicting thought. Will revisit at a later date

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