• Stage 3 Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma

    Asked by Coopswifey on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Stage 3 Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma

    Hey. Is there anyone who is battling the same cancer as I am. I’d would really like to know your experience..

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I had stage 2b breast cancer. Two lumpectomy surgeries, TCH chemo and 35 radiation treatments. It was about 15 months of my life. Doctors appointments, treatments, hospital stays and more.
      Other people breeze through it but I was very sick and weak. It took a year for me to recover. Not easy but necessary so I can enjoy my life and my sweet granddaughters.

      9 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      IIIa here. Diagnosed 11 years ago next month. Bilateral mastectomy first (my choice). Be sure your surgeon understands your wishes if you choose to remain flat. Dose dense chemo followed. Adriamyin and Cytoxin - four sessions over the course of 8 weeks. Lost my hair after the first month. Needed Neulasta shots the day after each session to boost my white blood cell count. The last four chemo sessions were with taxotere. Lost some of my nails. Instead of Neulasta, had neupogen shots to boost my WBC count.

      I worked during chemo which began in May with time off in the summer because I was a teacher. After Labor Day I began 5 weeks of radiation. 5 days a week. I was religious about slathering Aquaphor gel on my radiated skin and did not burn badly.

      Somewhere in the midst of rads I succumbed to intense physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. It took a lot to climb out of that hole and I needed a lot of help and support from famil, friends, friendly drugs, and therapists.

      I completed ten years of the hormone blocker Arimidex on Halloween. The Arimidex caused osteoporosis for which I take Prolia injections twice a year.

      I am here to enjoy retirement, 3 grandchildren, and many new adventures. Do everything in your power. It is worth it.

      9 months ago
    • Sparkplug's Avatar
      Sparkplug

      I have stage 3c. I had my left breast removed. Then chemo. Now I’m getting ready to start radiation treatments. I had 41 lymph nodes taken out and 26 had cancer in them. So I’ll be getting zapped all around that area. Chemo was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The Dr prescriped anti nausea medication. So I only had a little nausea. After the chemo I had a neulasta shot. That causes joint pain, but I took a claritan and some how that eleveates the pain. I was able to drive myself through it all. I did sleep a lot through it. Well, I hope it goes eezy peezy for you. Take care and keep on fighting. You can do this if I can do it! I’ve been a big baby through it all! Any time you want to talk, let me know

      9 months ago
    • Coopswifey's Avatar
      Coopswifey

      Thank you.

      9 months ago

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