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

Patient: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 74

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    • JudithCST
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 2
    • JudithCST
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    over 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    • JudithCST
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    over 4 years ago
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    Breast Reconstruction (Flap)

    Procedure or Surgery

    I started my reconstruction on the same day as my mastectomies. I had drains for a year, and several infections requiring hospitalization due to a persistent seroma that would not go away. It's been over two years since my surgeries and I'm finally started to feel more like myself again, I still have more corrective reconstruction to do, but I am in no hurry at this point. Lots of complications from this reconstruction. I wish every day that I had never done it.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • JudithCST
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    8 weeks of adriamycin, 8 weeks of taxol. Wasn't as bad as I expected, but it's no day at the beach. The taxol was a little harder to manage than the adriamycin.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  5. 5
    • JudithCST
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    over 4 years ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    Infections after latissimus flap reconstruction: enterococcus, pasteurella and c-diff (not all at once fortunately but all requiring hospitalization). I became an expert in administering my own intravenous antibiotics at home. I live alone so it was challenging, but educational. I also had to have one of my wounds surgically debrided and needed to carry a wound vac around for 3 months after that to try to resolve a persistent seroma that kept getting infected relative to my transflap reconstruction.

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    • JudithCST
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    6 weeks of radiation, 3 locations, 5 days a week. Glad that's over!

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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