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Topic: 2017 Diagnosed-- A Place To Share "What's Next"

Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Share your experiences of life after a breast cancer diagnosis and offer advice on how you cope with life's daily challenges, including how you develop a new daily/weekly routine while you deal with breast cancer.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2017 04:37PM

DodgersGirl wrote:

thought I would start this thread to give those who were diagnosed in 2017 or underwent treatments in 2017 a common place to share our lives and adventures

Welcome to all. Together we can learn from each other, lean on each other, and celebrate the good moments in life

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 11, 2019 04:10PM DodgersGirl wrote:

Runor—. I even tried to rationalize that they really need the skin to dry for 5 mins but assume most people won’t wait the full 5 mins so they tell you to wait 10 mins figuring they will get the needed 5 mins

Want this silly skin cancer to DIE so am being “good” and waiting 10 mins.

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 12, 2019 06:17PM runor wrote:

You're probably right that the real need is a 5 minute dry but knowing how people are - as they pull out the blow dryer - they decided to shoot for 10 hoping some would wait the 5. I admire your self control!

Dx 3/23/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 7/5/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 15, 2019 09:20PM DodgersGirl wrote:

update time: not quite 3 weeks for the chemo cream. Last couple of days am seeing a red angry spot where biopsy was. Yesterday, the scab got ripped off while I was doing laundry. If I wasn’t putting poison on the sore, I would think the spot was infected. I think this is the start of what this medication is supposed to do. Expect this angry sore to continue.

No pain.

Still tired of washing and waiting 10 mins between washing and apply 5FU cream.

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 15, 2019 10:12PM Scrafgal wrote:

DodgersGirl

Sounds like it is not pleasant to look at but at least there is no pain. Washing and waiting sounds tiresome but maybe your diligence in following the instructions is paying off with a pain-free, complication-free treatment (assuming the it was okay for the scab to cone off)? Hope you have smooth sailing through the rest of the treatment. Keep us posted.

Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 FAC Hormonal Therapy 9/27/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 3/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery 5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
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Jul 15, 2019 10:14PM JKL2017 wrote:

DodgersGirl, I used a similar cream several years ago on a skin cancer on my arm and what you are now seeing sounds very normal to me. (Just be sure to keep that area out of direct sunlight because it will burn very easily.) My doctor stressed that I should put the cream only on the biopsy spot because it (the cream) was so caustic that it would burn any skin that it touched. She indicated that the biopsy itself provided sufficiently clear margins that it was not necessary that I treat any area beyond that. The area I treated was an angry red until some time after I stopped using the cream. I never felt any pain or discomfort at the site and now have only a faint scar there. It was a pain to wash, wait and apply the cream every day but it sure was easier and less invasive than most cancer treatments. Good luck; it will all be over soon!

Dx 2/2/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/19/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/23/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jul 15, 2019 11:03PM DodgersGirl wrote:

JKL— thanks for the information!!

I have to apply the lotion a bit beyond the biopsy. I had 2 biopsies earlier and with each was assured all would be well. Went to dermatologist last month for yearly check up. I asked about that same spot because the skin was flaky just to the right of the biopsy scar. Is that still cancer? I asked. 3rd biopsy again confirmed squamous carcinoma so applying 5FU to hopefully kill it dead (like they say in the Raid commercials)

Hope the cream works. Kinda concerned as I had this spot before BC diagnosis which means it lived thru AC and Taxol and 2 biopsies.

I have to be out in the sun this weekend. Think I will cover the area to be safe.

Thanks again

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 15, 2019 11:05PM DodgersGirl wrote:

Scrafgal— just wanted to tell you that I still have not worn a hat since your post. And last weekend I actually forgot about my hair while out to dinner.

Thank you for sharing your trials and strength.

Dx 3/10/2017, IDC, Right, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/4/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/10/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 10/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 15, 2019 11:18PM - edited Jul 15, 2019 11:18PM by Scrafgal

DodgersGirl,

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Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 FAC Hormonal Therapy 9/27/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 3/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery 5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting

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