Aug 20, 2011 04:51PM Puccini wrote:
I had a lumpectomy but my doctor removed a rather large chunk so before the surgery he suggested if he can put a silicon implant in there if he doesnt have enough breast tissue to fill the space emptied. I am a B cup too so didnt have enough breast naturally. He reconstructed my breast as he removed the lump. I had chemo and 32 rounds of radiation with that implant in my breast. The radiation oncologist was rather careful with the implant but from what I understand having the implant doesnt lessen the effects of the radiation or prevent anything. It is a rather common procedure here in my country Turkey. I havent had any discomfort or hardship. It is said that the shape of your breast changes a little, which it does but nothing that bothers me or looks awkward. I heard that it might get smaller or larger just a bit because the implant changes with the radiation effect but again I havent had that much of a difference that I can complain. I know several other women who have implants and had radiation. I am not a doctor but I think your skin and the tissues need to heal fully before they can operate. It has been 2 months since I finished my radi and I still feel the inside of my breast hasnt recovered well.