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Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 08:48PM

mjsgumbas wrote:

I recently traveled to the University of Iowa to meet with Dr. Wei Chen a supermirosurgeon/plastic surgeon.  I was referred to him by my PS.  I had the Indocyanine Green Lymphography done and was amazed at what was seen both in my healthy arm and diseased arm.  I was diagnosed under the Campisi Staging at Stage 2 as my LE is, right now, centralized in my upper arm.  Although most of my swelling is in my hand, the Stardust and Splash patterns are confined to the area of my tricept.

Dr. Chen believes I would be an excellent candidate for LVA, as my symptoms have only been around about 6 months.  He believes better results come with early intervention.  I wear compression sleeves (often) and a glove almost all of my waking moments.  I do massage also.  It hasn't progressed, but it isn't relieved with any of the treatments.

In our lengthy 2 days clinic with Dr. Chen he explained in detail how the surgery is performed, showed us actual video and covered his results since he began performing this procedure.  His statistics have been: no patients symptoms worsened, 90% saw some form of relief and 10% of the 90% were cured.  There will still be therapy and garments for some time post-op, but the intent is to ease the necessity of these daily.

An 8 hr surgery - although minimally invasive - seems overwhelming.  But if they don't try - they won't know!  The surgery only effects the skin and fat layer - never reaches muscle, so the recovery/pain is nominal.

These surgeries have been performed in Asian countries for decades!!!!!!!!  With favorable results! 

I've tried to seach thru these threads to find someone who has had the procedure done and what the results were.  So, please let me know if you had success!!!!


 

Dx 4/1/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2013 Surgery 11/6/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/30/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/26/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 13, 2018 09:07PM mjsgumbas wrote:

4 years ago when I had mine done by Dr Chen I had Blue Cross Blue Shield. They did not have a code for LVA so there was some back and forth with the Dr. The charges from the hospital were high (I’d have to look thru my paperwork) but the hospital was paid just around 14,000 by the insurance and I had no out of pocket expense except a $500 copay. I had an 8hr surgery and 1 night in the hospital.

Glad to see others are venturing into this with positive results. I cannot express how glad I am that I took the chance. I have to schedule a follow up with Dr Chen seeing he has a new procedure. I’d be curious to see if that would help with my hand...my arm is awesome. No sleeve except to fly!! I’d be willing to try if he is!


Dx 4/1/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2013 Surgery 11/6/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/30/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/26/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 14, 2018 09:27AM Help3 wrote:

that's wonderful! I pray my insurance will pay

Dx 5/10/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 8/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy TAC
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Jun 26, 2018 09:27PM HappyTrisha wrote:

Just pausing long enough to say that by tomorrow night at this time, I will be in Iowa! And I will have had a wonderful day with teach6, who has promised to be my sherpa guide for the day! My journey to find relief from LE that started in 2012 with Dr. Becker and found me meeting in Chicago with Dr. Chang will reach its fulfillment with Dr. Chen in Iowa! Nobody can say I haven't done my due diligence!!

I will update as I can. I won't be having my spy test until Monday, July 2nd, and then depending on what it shows, I will have one of Dr. Chen's microsurgeries on Friday, July 6th. I am so looking forward to spending the 4th in Iowa. We here on the east coast consider true Americana the Heartland.

God bless our LE doctors who took our situation seriously enough to find ways to help alleviate it. Onward and upward!


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Jun 27, 2018 03:04PM mjsgumbas wrote:

All the best Trisha!!! Keep us posted when you can! Say "Hi" to Dr. Chen!!!!

Wishing you quick healing and hopefully RELIEF in a reasonable amount of time!

Mary Jane

Dx 4/1/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2013 Surgery 11/6/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/30/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/26/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 8, 2018 11:12AM HappyTrisha wrote:

This will be brief for now because I'm typing with my left hand, using one finger! This is two days out of surgery. The pic looks a bit distorted because of the angle but I think you'll be able to see how good my arm looks already. I started this journey back in 2012 and after endless research and multiple consults ended up with Dr. Chen. I have a deep and abiding faith in God and mention that because there is no question in my mind that I was guided here. Dr. Chen is a genius in the field. When I am back to being able to use my right hand I will go into greater detail. I believe unequivocally he is the best in the country and way ahead of the curve in treatment modalities. By the way, I've needed nothing but advil and used it only the first night. Can't wait to be able to tell all. Unbelievable gratitude to mjsgumbas for leading me to Dr. Chen and to my sherpa teach6 for bringing me to Dr. Chen. :) One more thing - he's letting me fly home Tuesday!


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Jul 8, 2018 07:23PM PreludeSing wrote:

Happy Trisha, I have been following your journey...so, so happy for you! Once you are totally healed, I would love to hear more about your surgery with Dr. Chen if you have time to share.

Glad to see you doing so well.

Teach6, how are you doing? Thank you for sharing your photos and updates :)

Thank you mjgumbas for starting this thread. I am learning lots. Hope your arm is doing well 4 years on :)

Tak care ladies 💐

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 11, 2018 12:57PM mjsgumbas wrote:

Happy Trisha - YAY!!!!!!!!! So glad you are noticing a bit of relief so quickly! It is so great to hear others have ventured into this LVA surgery with positive outcomes.

I too am truly grateful to Dr. Chen - he is so sincere and passionate about helping people with this debilitating disease. He is so genuine and I know would do anything to do more of these to help others. I'm glad he is expanding his research and procedures too!

Wishing you both all the best in healing and long term satisfaction!

I am beyond grateful I took the chance and hope one day Dr. Chen will have an answer to fixing my hand. It is MUCH better since the LVA on my arm, but I'd be curious to know if he comes up with a new fix specifically for my hand and would be eager to try!

Quick healing and continued positive results Happy Trisha and Teach6!

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Mary Jane

Dx 4/1/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2013 Surgery 11/6/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/30/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/26/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 11, 2018 07:40PM PreludeSing wrote:

Mary Jane, thank you for being a pioneer in this field and helping others gather the courage to undergo this procedure....

Do you have contact details for Dr. Chen and would you mind sharing? in pm if that is more appropriate...

Thank you so much!

Prelude

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 11, 2018 08:27PM - edited Jul 11, 2018 08:28PM by HappyTrisha

I may have already said this but I believe Dr. Chen is the most brilliant LE surgeon in the US. Do you know that he is the ONLY doctor in the US who will still perform LVA if he can't get a mapping ahead of the surgery? That's how much faith he has in his ability to successfully perform LVA. Because my spy test was performed just 4 days prior to surgery, the dye hadn't cleared enough for him to be able to get a mapping of my veins and lymphatic system. Any other doctor would have stopped at that point. Dr. Chen went full speed ahead and made 12 connections, using 5 incisions. Still typing left-handed so that's it for now. I will tell more as I can but believe me, if you want the best who is also passionate about his calling and wants to do everything he can to help every lymphadema patient he sees, make an appointment to see Dr. Chen. You will not be disappointed.

Also, what doctors now consider the gold standard, Dr. Chen doesn't even use anymore. That's how far ahead of the curve he is!

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Jul 11, 2018 08:40PM PreludeSing wrote:

Fabulous Happy Trisha....so very pleased for you and thanks for sharing!!!

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 12, 2018 09:43AM mjsgumbas wrote:

If you google Dr. Wei Chen at the University of Iowa Department of Surgery, you should be able to find his contact information and bio. I tried to copy and paste the link, but couldn't get the link to paste.

Hope this helps!!

Dx 4/1/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2013 Surgery 11/6/2013 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/30/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 2/26/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 12, 2018 09:53AM PreludeSing wrote:

Many thanks Mary Jane - I will look a little harder! Wishing you well :)

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 16, 2018 11:24PM - edited Jul 16, 2018 11:47PM by Debsmisto

Hi, I am new to all of this lymph node suiff, I had 2 sentinel nodes removed during DMX in the OR they read negative but them in further pathology they read positive so now I have to have axillary dissection surgery and my PS offers a surgery called LVB, I read all of your posts talking about other surgeries but didn't see anything on this surgery, anyone know anything about it? TIA https://mavendoctors.io/women/health-conditions/understanding-lymphedema-rcR-bj-V_EmEAWYC6LgBRA/

Dx 1/4/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 2/8/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/8/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/3/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 17, 2018 09:53AM HappyTrisha wrote:

From what I read, it appears that LVB is just another name for LVA. I can tell you that it is my understanding that Dr. Chen no longer performs LVNT, the other procedure mentioned in the article, because he worries about the donor site. He has come up with a new technique where he transfers a patch of skin with lymphatics attached, but he doesn't touch the nodes at the donor site. He is also offering a procedure to prevent LE. So women who want to insure that they never get LE can have that one done. IMO he is a genius. :)

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Jul 17, 2018 10:17AM PreludeSing wrote:

Yes hats off to Dr. Chen. He has been liaising with my surgeons in Singapore to help me get the best outcome for my LVA procedure due to be done at the end of the month. He is a dedicated and sincere professional.

Hope all is well with your arm Happy Trisha!

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 17, 2018 10:38AM HappyTrisha wrote:

I am so happy to hear that, PreludeSing! There is no question that he is so dedicated and professional. When I consulted with him in 2014, he even gave me the names of doctors closer to my home because he didn't want me to have to travel to Iowa if that was going to be a problem for me. I am so grateful that I ended up going to him. I had 3 other consults and angels from above caused me to wait it out. There is not a question in my mind that he is the best. And he does everything in his power to make it as easy as possible for the patient. He truly is wonderful. Helping LE patients is his passion, according to the nurses and the therapists there, even though he does offer other surgeries because he is a cosmetic surgeon.

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Jul 17, 2018 10:47AM PreludeSing wrote:

Woohoo Happy Trisha...pulling for you and your ongoing recovery....when you are back home and settled, I would love to hear details.

The ICG was quite painful...😲 but at least it showed where the LVA's would be best placed.

Did you do it under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia? Here in Singapore they plan to hospitalize me for 2 days prior to surgery and then keep me for 4/5days after surgery with my arm elevated. 7 days in hospital...!

I am due to speak with Dr. Chen tomorrow night (early Wed morning Iowa time) to discuss the best plan :)

Bless you Happy Trisha and long may Dr. Chen's kindness and professionalism reign.

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 17, 2018 10:55AM HappyTrisha wrote:

Yikes. The ICG wasn't painful at all, but that's because they sprayed my hand, wrist, and fingers with lidocaine ahead of time. I think it would have been very uncomfortable without it. I really would have preferred local anesthesia, but they went with general because they said any movement at all on my part could be disastrous. I do understand though that some doctors do it under local. They promised that it would be light anesthesia. (Anesthesia is not my best friend. Have had problems with it in the past!) I wasn't hospitalized at all. Maybe you're having something other than LVA? I know with other LE procedures there can be hospitalization involved. All I had to do was show up the morning of surgery. I went home late the same afternoon. Please let us know what procedure you will be having when you find out!

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Jul 17, 2018 11:08AM PreludeSing wrote:

Yikes is right...lidocaine would have been a good idea!

Yes GA has been recommended. Both my surgeon in Singapore and Dr. Chen are good friends it seems and Dr. Chen has assured me I am in good hands. I have been recommended LVA most definitely based on testing so far. Apparently, the hospitalization protocol is to ensure the arm is well rested and elevated to ensure the anastomoses are as well preserved as possible.

plus...as the surgery is local it is covered under insurance...yay!

Wishing you nothing but the best Trisha 😘

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 24, 2018 02:09AM PreludeSing wrote:

Bump! How are you doing Happy Trisha? Hope all is well...

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Jul 25, 2018 05:03PM Manuella wrote:

Trying to make an appt with Dr. Chen in Iowa. I’m in NYC and have already had a consult here with a specialist but seeing as you all love Dr. Chen so much I think I should go see him. My LE is still subclinical (no physical swelling) but boy, my poor arm is blocked all the way from the wrist to the elbow (see pic).

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Jul 30, 2018 11:45AM Manuella wrote:

For those of you who have seen Dr. Chen, how have you gotten to Iowa? So hard/expensive to get there from NYC by plane. Trying to see if I can fly to Chicago and then take a bus to Iowa... Thoughts? Suggestions? ❤️❤️❤️

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Jul 30, 2018 12:33PM Help3 wrote:

I'm so happy to hear all of your success stories. Were your surgeries covered by insurance and was it a fight? I had a consult with Dr. Chang in Chicago but my insurance denied the LVA part. They will pay for lymph node transplant however

Dx 5/10/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 8/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy TAC
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Jul 30, 2018 01:45PM HappyTrisha wrote:

Manuella, I will help you out all that I can here. I ran into the same thing trying to fly from Providence and probably spent the equivalent of at least 3 days on the internet putting in all different iterations. Calls to different airlines were part of it.

I have a suggestion here and it would be money and time saving, I think. I checked the bus trip from Midway to Iowa City and it looks to be between 5 and 6 hours.

1. You would have to figure out the timing etc. (another real pain in the butt) but if you took a bus from NYC to Prov, it would be 3.5 hours. I would be happy to pick you up and transport you to the airport, which is only about 20 minutes away. I am going back in October for my checkup and got a round-trip for $295. But here is the thing. You need to fly on the least expensive days. I am leaving on a Wednesday and going back on the following Tuesday.

2. You should be able to stay at the Hope Lodge (I think). Let them know you are going for medical testing, because Dr. Chen will definitely perform the spy test as part of your consult while you are there. If you are having medical treatment, etc. related to cancer, you can stay at the Hope Lodge free. You will have to be in touch with them and they will require your doctor's office to contact them etc. They usually want you to have a caregiver with you (caregiver also stays free) but if you are going by yourself, they just need to know you can take care of yourself. The doctor's office will certainly let the know that. It is a WONDERFUL place to stay, and they offer free shuttle service to the hospital. One of the women here let me know about it and I am grateful to this day. They basically provide everything for you and it is beautiful, clean, and safe. I am staying there when I go back in October. And by the way, Mindy in Dr. Chen's office is a dream. She will help you in every way that she can.

3. There is a shuttle right at the airport that will take you directly to Hope Lodge (or anywhere else in Iowa City.) They charge $39 each way, which is a bargain.

4. Delta airlines is incredible. They give you a 10% discount if you are flying for medical purposes. They are the most helpful airlines with whom I have ever dealt. They are now definitely my go-to airlines. One of the agents told me that you couldn't book less than 10 days in advance for the medical discount - they didn't do that when I flew the first time - but then came back on the phone and told me it was all set.

Of course I would be happy to pick you up at the airport and bring you back to the bus when you return.

I guess if you don't mind the 5-6 hour bus ride you could fly to Chicago and take the bus. I offer the other as an alternative only because I am claustrophobic and would by very unhappy to be in a bus 5-6 hours. 3.5 is more doable for me. Please let me know if there is any other information you need and I will be happy to try to find it. :)


Trisha

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Jul 30, 2018 09:52PM hugz4u wrote:

Well the post above is proof that we stick together and so we will accomplish much with this stupid le. I’d hate not to have these threads. Le could be a lonely road

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Jul 31, 2018 04:36PM brithael wrote:

Just scheduled my surgery for August 10th. Happy/scared!


Check out my blog godmustthinkimabadass.blogspot... Dx 10/5/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 12/28/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/15/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/26/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 31, 2018 04:47PM - edited Jul 31, 2018 04:47PM by Help3

how exciting! I am still waiting for mine. Did your insurance approve the lva?

Dx 5/10/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 8/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy TAC
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Jul 31, 2018 05:26PM brithael wrote:

Help3, I have Medicare and a secondary policy through my husband's VA disability. I did have to sign a waiver that Medicare may not pay for the LV bypass, but Medicare did give me an amount that they pay for it, so who knows? My secondary VA policy usually pays anything Medicare does not, so hopefully all will be good.

Check out my blog godmustthinkimabadass.blogspot... Dx 10/5/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/13/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 12/28/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/15/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/26/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 31, 2018 06:16PM Help3 wrote:

I hope all goes well! I met a patient who had great success!

Dx 5/10/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 8/22/2016 Lymph node removal: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy TAC
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Jul 31, 2018 08:28PM PreludeSing wrote:

hi ladies..just did my LVA yesterday in Singapore with the head of plastic surgery in our National Hospital so I didn't have to travel. The Consultant PS here is a good friend of Dr. Chen and Dr. Chen assured me I was in good hands. He was kind enough to communicate with my surgeons in Singapore.

I was hospitalized on July 29 to have my arm elevated to drain as much fluid as possible. The surgery was done under GA and took 8 hours. I will be staying in hospital for 3 days to ensure elevation and total recovery before going home.

More later when I am less groggy...

Glad so many of you are having success!!

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 11/26/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)

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