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Dec 15, 2020 04:41PM
Thanks for the support ladies. I know that most of the their concern is irrational as is my guilt.
My MO said that the evidence shows surgery will suppress my immune system for many months. The length of time it is suppressed is directly related to how long you are under general anesthetic and in my case that was 11 hours. I didn't know this prior to surgery unfortunately, and although I had to have a suspicious lump and enlarged lymph node out (thankfully benign) I may have delayed the reconstruction.
He also said the ESMO recommendations are that treatment for cancer should not be delayed as we know cancer outcomes get worse without treatment and the benefits outweigh known risk. Survivors are not at greater risk for getting Covid but the evidence is still out as of Nov 16th on whether we do poorer if we catch it.
https://www.breastcancer.org/about_us/press_room/n... (says we don't know)
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/...(20)30400-4/fulltext (says cancer survivors are at greater risk of complications and hospitalization due to covid for at least 5 years post treatment or more than 10 years with blood cancers)
So unfortunately my MO could not tell my dear husband that his concern was completely unfounded although he was trying to be reassuring to him. My husband likes facts and studies and unfortunately there are very few due to the novel nature of Covid.
I also have a recurrent history of viral myositis which has landed me in a wheelchair 3x due to my immune system overreacting to a virus or viruses? -all before I had kids, which is probably more of a concern really. A few weeks of steroids always reverses it.
My husband has never really dealt with his emotions regarding my cancer and I think that this is just a reflection of that.
I am not overly concerned personally for myself if I catch covid. For me there is a level of not-knowing that I am comfortable with. Life is not risk free. Of course I take all the precautions I believe everyone should, and then I continue with my life.
Thanks again for the wise words ladies. I am grateful for this community. And that I have a family who loves me enough to worry.
30 years old at dx, Implant lost due to infection. Open wound packing for 108 days :( now onto a Free Tram
12/4/2013, DCIS, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+
1/29/2014, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+
2/27/2014 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
4/7/2014 AC + T (Taxol)
10/14/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes
2/27/2015 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
3/22/2015 Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
8/23/2020 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap