Topic: How soon did you go back to work after surgery?

Forum: DCIS plus HER2-positive Microinvasion — Meet others with this diagnosis.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 06:08PM

Posted on: Jan 1, 2012 06:08PM

Rosie24355 wrote:

Brand new member today. I was diagnosed about 4 weeks ago with IDC. They were going to do a lumpectomy but I'm not a candidate for radiation so am going with a single mastectomy. My surgery is tentatively scheduled for Friday Jan 20 going home the next day. I am self employed with a home based Internet sales business so I do nearly all my work on the computer at home. Is it unreasonable to hope to be able to work on Monday following surgery? Thanks in advance for any input and your experiences.

Dx 12/4/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/20/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/27/2012 Femara (letrozole) Dx 3/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2014 Hormonal Therapy 7/3/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 10/7/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine)
Log in to post a reply

Page 1 of 2 (17 results)

Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:11PM puce wrote:

It depends...are you just having a mastectomy and no reconstruction?  What did the doctors say?

Dx 4/29/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:11PM ma111 wrote:

Until the drains are out you will probably be on narcotics. Can you work on them?

Dx 8/4/2009, IBC, <1cm, Stage IV, 19/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:12PM puce wrote:

Also are you having any nodes taken out?

Dx 4/29/2011, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:35PM J9W wrote:

Hi Rosie,  I was working on my computer a week after my mastectomy. However, it was for only a few hours a day but broken up quite a bit. I was surprised how tired I was. I had to take pain meds so didn't work the first few days - but I don't like any meds so after 5 days at home I was on motrin instead. Good luck with your surgery.

DCIS, grade 3, 2009. Right mastectomy, tamoxifen for only 11 months.
Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:40PM encoremom wrote:

I worked from home about a week after my mastectomy and like J9W, broke it up in short time periods.  I didn't work sooner but it was more because I was tired (I think from the surgery and anesthesia) than from the pain.  I wouldn't rush into working but ease into it when you feel you are ready.  Best wishes.

Debbie - BMX, DIEP and Arimidex. Dx 8/8/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
Log in to post a reply

Jan 1, 2012 06:48PM Rosie24355 wrote:

Thanks for all the quick replys!  They are planning to put in a tissue expander.  They'll check the sentinel node during surgery and decide then whether or not to take nodes.  I usually have a pretty high pain tolerence and really dislike pain meds.  Never having gone through anything like this before I don't know how much pain I'll be in.  I keep thinking goofy things like, "I don't have time to be sick!"

Dx 12/4/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/20/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/27/2012 Femara (letrozole) Dx 3/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2014 Hormonal Therapy 7/3/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 10/7/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine)
Log in to post a reply

Jan 2, 2012 07:08AM ma111 wrote:

Nobody really has time to be sick or plans to be knocked down so hard as cancer treatment can lead to. However, I think that with you working on computers at home you have a good chance to stay financially on top of things.

 Don't try being a hero, take pain meds when you need them. When people offer help, let them! Let them cook some meals or clean. It makes them feel better that they are helping. That is one mistake I made is not letting people help. Then I was cranky with my teenage daughter that the house and.or yard were not cared for.

Dx 8/4/2009, IBC, <1cm, Stage IV, 19/19 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
Log in to post a reply

Jan 3, 2012 10:29PM Myleftboob wrote:

I had MX on December 14.  I too mostly work from and and thankfully it is my slowest time of year BUT then it was also holiday time. Your going to need a couple of days to really rest, take the meds.  Your diagnosis is really similar too. Happy Note, just got word that my margins are really clear and nothing in the nodes!! I've been only now OCT and am healing very well.  MAKE SURE and elevate your arm ALOT.  No one told me this!!!  It feels like a pinched nerve if you don't. Stay positive and this site is loaded with information.  Best of luck to you!

T/C/H 2/17, 3/9, 3/30, 4/20 then H til 1/13 Surgery 12/13/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Targeted Therapy 5/10/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 5/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 7/15/2016, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs/other, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 7/24/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
Log in to post a reply

Jan 4, 2012 11:24PM gutsy wrote:

I went back to work 3 weeks after surgery. Pretty much worked through chemo, took the day of the infusion off. I would walk 1 hour to chemo and than walk home after treatment. Someone even called me a role model. Yes Right. Do, I recommend it, Hell No. I think with a cancer diagnosis, one needs to grieve the associated losses. It is the emotional healing that takes a lot more time than the physical healing.

If you work for yourself it is a bit different. You can certainly do some work but cut yourself some slack.

Log in to post a reply

Jan 9, 2012 12:00AM Rosie24355 wrote:

Thanks for the advice. Good to know about elevating your arm. Reading some of the other threads I see if you don't take it slow enough your drains stay in longer. I think I need to work some 16 hour days now so I can feel ok about taking some more days off.
You are all such an encouragement!

Dx 12/4/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, 2/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/20/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 8/27/2012 Femara (letrozole) Dx 3/2014, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2014 Hormonal Therapy 7/3/2014 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 10/7/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine)

Page 1 of 2 (17 results)

Scroll to top button