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December 2023 Surgery? Gather here.

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  • shrinkrap59
    shrinkrap59 Member Posts: 28

    I am having a lumpectomy and sentinel node removal on December 29th, 2023

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 7,685

    Let us know how it goes, @shrinkrap59! If you would like some additional emotional or practical support (in the form of knowledge) before the surgery, feel free to join one of our free Zoom meet-ups on Tuesday at 1pm EST or Thursday at 6pm EST. You can register for them here:

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  • shrinkrap59
    shrinkrap59 Member Posts: 28

    Thank you!

  • shrinkrap59
    shrinkrap59 Member Posts: 28
    edited December 2023

    Today I had (as copied from the record)


    " Left breast SAVI scout localized lumpectomy, Left axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy and removal of previously biopsied left axillary lymph node"


    Spent from about 8AM to 3PM including the SAVI scout, discharged home with a nifty compression bra, a holder for no-drip ice packs, and instructions to take Tylenol 500-1000 every 4-6 hours. So far so good, but unfortunately I'm told not to cook or garden for three weeks because repetitive motions can interfere with recovery. But the good news is; no no drains!!!


    For those unfamiliar


    "The savi scout procedure is the reflector (a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice) that is placed into the tumor.

  • shrinkrap59
    shrinkrap59 Member Posts: 28

    I've been doing fine, but I think I have a seroma in my axilla. I have a follow-up with surgeon on Monday, and I'm thinking she might say it's because I have been too active. I've been struggling with that.

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 7,685

    It can be so hard to slowdown during recovery, @shrinkrap59, especially if you were very active before your surgery! We hope all goes well on Monday, please check in and let us know what your doc says.

    The Mods

  • shrinkrap59
    shrinkrap59 Member Posts: 28
    edited January 9

    Boo. Seroma AND hematoma at 10 day post op. Also two positive sentinel nodes, and tumor 3+ tumor. Looks like chemo might be back on the table pending review of mammaprint data. I felt awful about opening those oysters. 😞

    Grading is now officially T2N1aM0

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 7,685

    Oh @shrinkrap59 We're so sorry for this news. Please keep us posted once you learn more. We're all here for you, whatever your treatment path may be! Sending hugs!

    —The Mods