DorothyV's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

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

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The biopsy was positive for cancer:(

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Originally I was supposed to have a lumpectomy . The tumor was 7 cm, so I had a skin saving mastectomy with expander for reconstruction.

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had four rounds of chemo, three weeks apart. I had cytoxin and taxotere. I lost my hair on day 15 after the first dose of chemo:(

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I had flu-like symptoms, fatigue, some anxiety, headaches,nosebleeds , muscle and joint pain. Lost my hair, eyelashes, and part of my eyebrows:(

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had radiation treatments for 28 days. The last one was on Halloween!

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    On the last day of radiation my husband came to see me ring the bell. My daughter surprised me with pink flowers. My son gave me mums and chocolate cake.

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on Letrozole (Femara) for 5 years. Hot flashes!

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    • DorothyV
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Implant)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I will finish reconstruction in 3-6 months.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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