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    Clinical Trial (An additional targeted therapy for the HER2. ): It is called Pertuzamab. In the clinical trial, I do not actually know if I am getting the targeted therapy or a placebo.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Targeted therapy): I am getting Herceptin for the HER2. Since I am getting chemotherapy at the same time, I am not sure if any of the side effects are from the Herceptin. I will know more about my reactions to the Herceptin after the chemotherapy is over and the Herceptin continues until July 2013.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I have only had two treatments as of today (9-10-12). I am getting carboplatin and docetaxel. My main side effects have been nausea, fatigue, mouth irritation (not sores), hair loss, and constipation.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy): Since my cancer was determined to be Stage 1 with no lymph node involvement, the surgeon said I was a good candidate for breast conservation. Although he had spoken of mastectomy with reconstruction previously, I was happy to hear him say that a lumpectomy would be fine. I do wonder if I would have less chance of recurrence in the same breast if I had chosen mastectomy. I hope that there will be no recurrence anywhere! My nipple is somewhat retracted, and is very numb. The scar is not bad and will likely fade with time.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I found a lump in my right breast and immediately went to the doctor, who ordered a mammogram. I was due for the mammogram in one month, and there had been nothing suspicious a year ago. When it came back positive, I was referred to a surgeon. He said since I appear to be so healthy, he thought there was a good chance that the lump was benign but the biopsy would tell for sure. We were all shocked to get a malignant diagnosis. I never imagined that I would be on this train.