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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): This was my second time so 1st go round in 2013 I did Cytoxin and taxol they were hard, I was sick alot amd lost all hair but it returned just thinner, left with neuropathy in toes. Herceptin caused heart problems but resolved now.
    This is my 2nd round of cancer Chemo, Herceptin and Perjeta started Chemo just ended but still getting Herceptin and Perjeta q3 weeks indefinitely and headed for surgery in A couple weeks

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Had Stage 3C invasive Ductal Breast cancer 2012, went thru mastectomy, Chemo, Herceptin, Radiation and oral Tamoxifen then Letrazole. Mammograms for other side and cancer marker test routinely. My dr skipped checking markers for[phone number redacted] until I noticed a spot that kept coming and going in the mastectomy side when I was in with my annual Oncology Radiation f/u I asked what it could be but they didnt know and sent me to see my oncologist 3 weeks earlier than my F/u with her. Got to oncologist and she wasnt sure so had a skin biopsy done on mastectomy side, turned out to be inflammatory Breast Cancer something new and more lethal. Ordered port placed and did pet scan, New diagnosis was if right side, but saw enlarged lymph nodes on left side as well. Tumor board recommended biopy of nodes my oncologist that it was just inflammation due to port placement but surprised had to admit it was metastasis of my original cancer from right. I was shy of my 5 year mark just a few months. So since They werent sure about my treatment plan or really how to handle the two cancers or at least made me feel they were wishy washy by changing up my plan of treatment for 2 months. I went for 2nd opinion at MD Anderson in TX who had a special team that handled Inflammatory Breast Cancer, they were great formed a plan of action immediately and sent the plan to my NC oncologist to follow, and now is instructing my treatment and care. Chemo has just been completed I am still on Herceptin and Perjeta and headed for surgery in TX in next couple weeks then targeted Radiation on Left side and Right chest and removal of left nodes as well as removal if affected skin for the Inflammatory Breast cancer. Another journey I made it ince “ I got this!”

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      beachbum5817

      angeleyes, you have had some journey. I am so sorry that you have to go through all of this again. At least, you have a great team at MD Anderson watching you as well as
      your hometown team. When you feel up to it, please let us know how you are doing. I agree with you, You Got This! Good luck. Take care.

      5 months ago
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    Nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof....Surgery (mastectomy) to right side scheduled for 8/30/2012 will have a tissue expander placed at the time of surgery. I am sad, mad and have all sorts of emotions at this time... I am having trouble coming to grips that I am going to go into a operating room and allow a part of me to be cut away... I know its a must in order to live and i appreciate the fact that I am lucky enough to have the chance to beat this thing. Any advise please on how to handle it emotionally.... I have always been self-concious :(

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi angeleyes,

      It sounds like you are going through a lot of what others have gone through. Please know you are not alone. I think this would be a great question to post in our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on Questions in the purple bar above, then typing int he box. It will automatically be routed to others with a similar diagnosis. In the meantime, here is a link to other conversations about mastectomies that might be helpful. https://www.whatnext.com/questions?utf8=✓&question_query=mastectomy

      almost 6 years ago
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      Moonflay

      The whole of "you" can never be cut away. I understand the fear and the repulsion you feel but I've also known many survivors that have been through the same. They are the same wonderful souls coming out of treatment as they were going in. Keep your mind on the positive things and you'll get beyond this stage soon enough.

      /Big Hug for a speedy recovery

      almost 6 years ago
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      nobrand

      Best wishes to you today for your surgery.

      almost 6 years ago
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    Headed for Surgery Thursday, surgeon will be doing a mastectomy since Lumpectomy is out of the question now due to advancement... :( Nervous and sad! I still am having a difficult time wrapping my head around the whole thing....

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      Moonflay

      I'm sorry the lumpectomy didn't materialize for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and wish you the best during this next step. All you really need to wrap your head around is the intent to beat this foe..whatever it takes :)

      /Hugs

      almost 6 years ago
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      FreeBird

      Best wishes to you. One day at a time, toward recovery and onward to better days ahead.

      almost 6 years ago
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