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Apr 2, 2019 12:22PM
Jedrik - My Oncologist assured me that a training surgeon was not involved , since the facility was not a training facilityand that it was the same surgeon for both sides. Other than the redness, the non-cancer side seem to heal the same as the cancer side. She also wondered if my right-handness and maybe overuse during healing contributed. She said it looked as if sutures had not completely healed before being stressed. I thnk I did shovel snow that winter. She said I could probably get a plastic surgeon to "fix" it, but I don't think I want to go through any more surgery. No dog ears as some have described. So, if I go forward with a tattoo, I will ask the artist to considered that in the design.
2009 ER+ left breast. 52 yrs. Lumpectomy, Sentinal node removal, negative. – 1. Radiation 6 weeks, tamoxifen 5 years. Dense lumpy left breast, normal right. Acupuncture offered at facility as part of integrative medicine. It really helped with anxiety/stress during radiation treatment.
2016 ER+ left breast. Probably a new cancer, but unknown. 4 rounds TC Aug-Oct 2016, Bi-lateral (my choice) Nov 2016, no reconstruction. 2 sentinal nodes remove, negative. Cold Capping using Chemo Cold Caps (DIGNICAP not available). Anastrozole 1 mg starting May 2017. Joint issues noticed immediately. Stopped Anastrozole after 3-4 months do to joint stiffness in. After several months of no AIs, fingers were feeling better. Started tamoxifen March 2018
10/2018 noticed stiffness and some trigger finger again. Was eating meat a lot more (daily) than normal. Usually 1-2 /wk. Have cut way back on the meat, seems to help, but one finger still very prone to trigger finger. 2/2019, trigger finger and stiffness much better.
Supplements: GAIA turmeric-joint; glucosamine-chondroitin; magnesium glycinate; biotin; potassium-iodine; low dose calcium; C; B-complex ; D; Fish oil (but not now). For a year or so after bi-lateral used Juven Nutritional therapy for wound healing with 7g arginine, 7g glutamine. Often add turmeric to meals. Ran out of fish oil supplement that I liked, other brand caused fish burps, so have not taken for a while.
Exercise very regularly, if not at the gym, then walk/hike, x-country ski, weights, stretch, swim etc