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Topic: Is anyone going flat or living flat?

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2017 05:12AM - edited Feb 16, 2017 12:59PM by pabbie

pabbie wrote:

I had a right breast mastectomy in 2014. I've been living with one breast for three years, wearing a mastectomy bra & prosthetic. My left breast is a size D and hangs low and I get sweaty and rashes during the hot summer months.

I met with a PS but am not a good candidate for breast reconstruction because I've had surgeries on my stomach area, with radiation and chemo on my behind and part of my thighs because of color-rectal surgery 17 years ago.

I don't feel comfortable taking muscle from my back. I'm 59 years old.

I'm deciding on another mastectomy or breast reduction/lift from a D to a B. This might be a weird question but did anyone feel weird with the surgery being close to their heart?

May 2017 Recurrent 1.1 centimeter IDC with multiple foci, treated with surgery & Aromasin. Dx 2/6/2008, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2014 Mastectomy: Right Dx 1/23/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 5/4/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Sep 17, 2019 12:47PM rljes wrote:

Brightside - You look Great! Thx for posting the photo - gives me motivation to get my tats done

Finished Chemo March 2018, No reconstruction "Going Flat" Dx 6/26/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/22/2017, 1/7 nodes, HER2+ Surgery 8/22/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 27, 2019 06:10PM alto wrote:

Beautiful! I love the tat idea.

Diagnosed at 42. Had symptoms of Paget's for years prior to positive biopsy. No Tamox because low% ER. Dx 11/2/2018, Paget's, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 11/29/2018, DCIS/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 12/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 1/15/2019 Mastectomy: Right
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Sep 30, 2019 07:48AM B-A-P wrote:

I started my own thread but figured here would be a good place to ask. Anyone have general lumpiness after mastectomy and rads ? I have some ropy lumps , some soft ones and some flat ones

Finished rads at end of May and on an AI. First time giving myself and exam and felt lots of things lol

Wasn’t sure what to expect ! :)

Dx 8/17/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/18/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery 2/26/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 4/29/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 1, 2019 02:01PM MamaOz wrote:

did you have lymph nodes removed. I had cording which feels like a tight rope down my arm but I goto a lymphedema phys therapist and she worked them out after my surgery. Now 2 yrs later I have scar tisdie causing blockages but the PT is very helpful

Also have the dog ear thing going with extra skin. And my ribs take turns with zingers.

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 1, 2019 05:44PM Yogatyme wrote:

I had bmx on 8/13/19 and have just gone flat for the past few days. I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this.....started hating bras w the very first wearing at puberty.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/2/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Oct 2, 2019 05:50AM B-A-P wrote:

Hi MamaOZ

I did have cording after my surgery. It was actually pretty bad, but PT worked it out in a couple of sessions. My arm is perfect. My chest has tightness which I am stretching . The lumpiness is near the beginning of my scar closest to my sternum. Super movable, just super lumpy. I just had a clear CT so I figure if there was something sinister , it would have been seen, but ya know the thought it always there . Hard to accept the good news. lol . Not sure what scar tissue or fibrosis feels like

Dx 8/17/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 9/18/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Surgery 2/26/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 4/29/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 2, 2019 05:43PM Pommom1809 wrote:

my radiation ended August 1 of this year. My left side & neck were radiated, no problems with the skin. Now I’m starting to have pain in my upper left back & in the back of my neck. It was severe last night, I even popped a couple souped up Tylenol. That seemed to work, but it’s mid evening & the pain is coming back. Can this be from my radiation treatments

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Oct 13, 2019 04:07AM MamaOz wrote:

pommmomm

Not sure. 2 years after my rads. I still get twinges of pain in ribs in various spots. And very tender almost burning feeling between my shoulder blades in my back

Like yesterday at work I was sitting on floor for half an hour sorting thru paper work. Just mild stretching to different spots while sorting piles. Then had to carry some things. My back by end of day was on fire

Im assuming its partially from severed muscle, nerves from bmx plus rads. But who knows

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 13, 2019 04:08AM MamaOz wrote:

Bap

Glad your CT went well

Mamaoz : chemo 1/.17-4/17 AC/.paxitacil : 3/29 nodes Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/29 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/7/2017 Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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