Tumor Invading Pectoral Muscle - surgical concerns
I was diagnosed in September 2017 with a 7cm tumor. The imaging was unclear just how much it had invaded my chest muscle. It could have been a lot, or the shadow could have been mostly the encased tumor pushing into the muscle. I'm just about to finish up neo-adjuvant chemo. Through physical exams my MO believes that tumor has shrunk considerably - I can only feel about a 1cm lump now - right at the crease of my breast - up against the chest.
I am between breast surgeons right now and am not scheduled to see my new surgeon until next month. I have so many questions filling my head already! According to the last surgeon, they would may need to cut into at least 1/4" of my chest muscle when they remove the tumor. (I am hoping for a lumpectomy if possible but realize it may need to be more extensive.)
I am becoming nervous about having muscle surgically removed. I've been searching on the boards but haven't found any discussions about pectoral muscle involvement. I'd really appreciate hearing from someone who may have had muscle removed during surgery.
- is it possible to have a lumpectomy with muscle removed, or does that automatically mean I'll need a mastectomy?
- is the recovery time much longer or more difficult?
- cosmetically how did it look? did you any special procedure to correct the loss of muscle volume?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. If you have any suggested questions re: muscle invasion I should be asking my surgeon, I'd love for you to share them.