DSCRN's Journey with Breast Cancer

Survivor: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 67, Stage I, HER2 Positive: Yes, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

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    • DSCRN
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    First came the abnormal mammo then came the 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: Neutral/NA
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    • DSCRN
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The surgeon called me about 3 in the afternoon to tell me I had breast cancer. My brain stopped working as soon as he said the "c" word and I had to have him repeat everything again. From that point on, I felt like I was in someone else's body...I think I just went on auto pilot

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    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Along with the lumpectomy, I had a sentinel node biopsy. They had, in fact, gotten all the cancer with the biopsy, the lumpectomy was just to make sure. The injection prior to the sentinel node biopsy was quite a shock...painful to say the least. However, this procedure eliminates the old method of "digging" for the lymph nodes and in the end, is much less invasive.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • DSCRN
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Couldn't have asked for an easier experience. Of course I realized I was very lucky. My oncotyping came back low risk for recurrence which is why I was able to be treated with radiation only. I opted for the additional 4 "boost" treatments at the end of the regular 16 treatments

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • DSCRN
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I don't know how anyone going through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer cAnnot have some days of depression and anxiety

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    • DSCRN
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    First post diagnosis/post treatment mammogram in June looked good. I have to have one every 6 months for 3 years. I also see my oncologist every 3 months and the radiation oncologist every 6 months

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