JoyceM's Journey with Breast Cancer

Patient: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 71, HER2 Positive: Don't Know, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know

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    • JoyceM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Lumpectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was scheduled to see a surgeon. He set up lumpectomy with hospital, told me when and where to report. I had no idea what to expect. Three days after surgery I went to his office and he inserted a balloon for treatment. I thought this was something that was to be done while I was in the hospital. He told me I should begin treatment that afternoon or the next day. I had no idea what he was talking about. Went home very confused.

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

    Oh No

    For three years there was a spot being watched on my mammograms so when doctor's office called to say we needed to talk, I knew it wasn't good.

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    • JoyceM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I was surprised to learn from my jeweler that the swelling in my left arm would probably be permanent and that I should no have blood pressure checked in that arm. I have now been given a 14 day sample of Arimiex to see how I tolerate it. I ask what I should look for or expect and was told to read the paper taped to bottle. Doctor mentioned something about floating cells that he could not locate and that I have a 10% recurrence chance. What does any of this mean?

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  4. 4
    • JoyceM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Internal radiation

    Radiation

    I called my insurance company to find out which oncologist they had given my referral to because my surgeon did not know and my PCP did not return my calls. I called and made and appointment to see him and begin treatment. The oncologist told me that he usually met with patients prior to surgery however, he set me up for ten treatments to me administered twice daily for five days beginning the next week. He removed the balloon at the conclusion of therapy.

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