mdc's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 13 years ago, Female, Age: 59, Stage IV, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Yes

  1. 1
    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had the sentinel lymph node disection at the same time in 2004.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Initially I had no lymph node involvement. I almost did not take the chemotherapy treatments but am glad I decided to do so.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Hormone therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was on Tamoxifen for almost two years before we realized it had failed. I had a recurrence. I found a lump under my arm. The disease had spread to my lymph node and into my bones. I felt the lump in December of 2006. I had surgery February of 2007 and received the news that the disease spread.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 4
    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Removal of lymph node on my breast and under my arm.

    Procedure or Surgery

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

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I received Avastin and Taxol. It seemed to work and I went into remission. I was on hormone therapy for a while and then back on Taxol.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    NIH

    Clinical Trial

    One arm of the study received taxotere and a vaccine. The other only received the taxotere. Unfortunately I was the chemo arm of the study. I was on the study a little over 1.5 years. Towards the end I could not tolerate the taxotere and received 4 vaccine treatments. The diesease came back and I started on Xeloda which seems to be working. I've been on Xeloda since March 2012.

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    • mdc
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation

    You lose your sense of humility and privacy when undergoing radiation. It is a humbling experience. The care team makes all the difference in the world.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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