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Topic: 86 year old Mother had a lumpectomy

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

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Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 01:38PM

AliD wrote:

Hello Everyone,


My 86 year old Mother had a lumpectomy done 4 weeks ago. She has struggled since the day after the surgery. The incision site is infected, rounds of antibiotics, swelling and pain. In the past week she has mentally become confused, and anxious, she eats very little.. Yesterday she called 911 and then refused to be taken to the hospital.

I have tried and tried to get her in to see her Surgeon but no luck ( she does have her followup appointment on Friday)

are these side affects common?

I don't know what to do to help her.

any help would be greatly appreciated


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Jun 26, 2017 02:34PM MinusTwo wrote:

Have them do a urine test for a UTI. Those sometimes cause confusion in older folks. She'd probably be willing to pee in a cup.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Jun 26, 2017 05:01PM AliD wrote:

thank you

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Jun 26, 2017 05:13PM kira1234 wrote:

Is she running a temperature? If she is the antibiotics aren't working. If her temperature is high enough that can also cause confusion. I ended up in the hospital because the oral antibiotics weren't working.

Dx 6/2010, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/8/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2010 Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2010 Aromasin (exemestane) Dx 2/2017, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 26, 2017 05:48PM Racy wrote:

Can you take her to her regular doctor, or any doctor?

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 26, 2017 06:39PM bevin wrote:

often elderly people show symptoms of confusion and lack of appetite with a urinary tract infection. it can really mimics Alzheimer's or stroke the way it presents. Please make sure they test her for that and give proper antibiotics if it is.  Good luck.  I hope she is okay.

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 8/8/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/10/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/10/2010 Breast
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Jun 26, 2017 07:30PM Denise-G wrote:

My 80 year old mom had a lumpectomy and had none of the side effects you describe.  In fact, she went to the casino

the next day after surgery to get her mind off of it.   I would echo what the others said - sounds like something else is going on...

The surgeon should see her immediately with these symptoms!!  Sending my best!

www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 12/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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