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

Survivor: Breast Cancer > Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 63, Stage II, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: No

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    about 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It could not have happened to me......That was my reaction..I had calcifications before and biopsies, always negative...not this time!

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    about 4 years ago
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    To stay with my original doctor or get a second opinion...

    Decision Point

    I went and got 3rd opinion, and decided to go with my second opinion doctor and his team. So far I have not regretted my choice.

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    about 4 years ago
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    Double Mastectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Please be aware that at first I only removed the breast where the cancer had been found(left), plus 20 lymph nodes 2 of which had cancerous cells in them. The surgery was not too bad and the recovery went fast. I hated the drains...

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was scary and impacted me more than the surgery. I did not feel too bad, never had nausea, but I knew that the chemo week would have at least 2 days that would NOT be pleasant to say the least...the trick was to take it in stride and deal with it. I took off the semester that I underwent chemo. my husband had just retired... and I just took it easy. Letting it flow...I still had Christmas Eve with all my family of 24 sit down Italian dinner. Everyone helped!

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation was nothing...did as doctor ordered and just got a bit of a suntan. Only problem my skin is tougher and it will be harder to do reconstruction.. oh well!

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    about 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    As far as the loss of my breasts go, I have to be honest ,it bothered me minimally! I think it bothered my surgeon more when I elected to remove my right one after they found calcifications there also, but benign. I was not going through that again, I had just finished chemo and radiations....Now I just hate having to go through reconstruction..I hope that will go smoothly with no complications.

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    about 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss, bone achiness, flu like symptoms,and constipation that brought on the worse case of hemmoroids in history! That was the worst.

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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    .......and when I startted my teachiing this year I was able to announce that my own "baby curls" were back! My Collegues gave me a standing ovation and we laughed a lot!

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