She also said she had her lump out at first and went to work the next day. Sore but ok. She said having a lump out is nothing. Hers was 5cm. Later she had the breast out with alot of lymph nodes out as well and that was more down time. She was swimming at about a month but she said reconstructive surgery needs more down time she's heard. Recovery period is alot longer normally.
Good info KFC, thanks. 6 weeks is how long it will take to get Insurance approval, get the appointments and results for the following....
1. MRI of chest
2. Genetics Counselor .. they test for the BRCA gene
3. Meet with a plastic surgeon
I'm pretty sure I am having the entire right breast removed. My lump isn't as large as your friend's, but my breast isn't large either. The surgeon said to get a clean margin (area that is cancer free) around the lump he will have to take 1/3 of my breast. With radiation on top of that, well, it will be deformed there's just no getting around it. B cups and smaller seem to have the least positive cosmetic results with radiation. (The pictures make you gag.)
Not that how it looks is a primary concern. Hell I'd take an ugly boob for my life anyday..heh, but I'd also take no breast at all over some deformed blob.
Plus, the chance I'll require radiation if I just have them take it off drops significantly. I really don't want to take radiation. Call me a child of the cold war, but I just don't want to do that to my body if I can get around it.
I know about Herceptin. Actually being HER2 is NOT a good thing. It tells the cells in my body to reproduce too quickly. I see how she says its a good thing because now there is a treatment to disrupt that communication (Herceptin). I will also need hormone suppression therapy since it was over 90% estrogen and progesterone positive.
This is what I expect to happen (with the info I have right now): I will have the right breast removed, and the left if there is anything there (MRI should show me that)...they are taking several lymph nodes as well (to help stage it and see if its left the breast).
Once they take what they must take, the plastic surgeon steps in (same operation) and rebuilds my breasts using implants or tissue from another part of my body. (I'll get more info on that once I meet with the plastic surgeon and I may decide to just be flat chested...though I doubt it).
I may still have to do radiation, hope not! (depends on any lymph involvement) and then chemo.
The biggest benefit is one operation, with all the information, and one recovery. I preserve my strength for the chemo, and for any further problems if it spread.
I won't make decisions from fear. And rushing to surgery seemed like it was all about fear (not mine).
This may be a bad decision in the end. It might be spreading as we write, spreading to places (lungs, liver) that will give me a 3 month prognosis (roughly).
If that's the case, then I'll be dead.
I can think of plenty of places worse than dead though.
Living in fear is one of them.