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Topic: Important Links for Newbies About Surgery

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2011 01:27PM - edited Jul 1, 2020 03:17PM by Moderators

Moderators wrote:

For information on all types of breast cancer surgery, see the main Breastcancer.org site's pages on:

There's also some great information in these Discussion Boards, where you can ask questions and get advice from others who are experiencing what you are, or have been there:

Also, if you have a surgery date set, you can scroll through the threads in the Surgery forum to find others who are preparing for surgery too -- so you can support each other along the way!

Hope this helps!

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Oct 27, 2017 03:17PM tbulkovs wrote:

My mom is 77 and has a stage 1 invasive lobular carcinoma in her right breast on one side and a pre-cancerous mass in the same breast on the other side. We have to make a decision between a mastectomy and two lumpectomies with radiation. My mom is afraid to do a mastectomy at her age so I'm looking for advice from anyone who went through this in her 70s. Thanks.

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Oct 27, 2017 04:11PM Moderators wrote:

Dear tbulkovs,

Welcome to the community. W are sorry about your mom's cancer but glad that you reached out on her behalf. We are thinking that there are better forums for you to post this question. This is primarily a thread to provide information on other topics of interest. Why don't you look at the Forum for those who are over 60 years of age. You may want to post this question there. Let us know if you need any other help. The Mods

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Oct 27, 2017 09:11PM EastcoastTS wrote:

Tbulkovs:

My mom had stage 1 ILC (only one location) and underwent lumpectomy, radiation and four rounds of chemo at 73. (She was triple negative, hence the chemo.) They did not get clear margins and she had to have a second lumpectomy but all went well with both procedures. She's doing great 10 years later.

BMX is a lot to go through (had one myself this year). And opens the Pandora's Box about reconstruction, which is more to go through than BMX in my humble opinion. (I'm not sorry I reconstructed, I just think it adds a lot to the mix.)

Ask her doctors lots of questions and go with what your mom is comfortable with and willing to do.

GOOD luck. ;)

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 8, 2017 04:18PM Devka wrote:

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Mar 27, 2018 06:10PM bcbain wrote:

I was diagnosed with stage 1V BC in January , 2018. Medical Oncologist does not recommend surgery. Compares it to dropping a bar of soap in water. " You can remove the soap but you still have soapy water ." Surgical oncologist says she will review my case in 6 months. Doing weekly paclitaxel and monthly herceptin and perjeta. Any thoughts welcomed.

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Apr 2, 2018 09:50PM EastcoastTS wrote:

Bcbain:

You should post on the Stage IV boards which are more active. This is an old thread. I only know you posted because I used to follow it around surgery.

So sorry for your diagnosis. But there are many who understand and can provide great advice here.

{hugs}

Dx@ 49. Oncotype: 14, BRCA 1/2- Dx 1/4/2017, ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 9/7/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 15, 2018 04:32PM SpideyBee wrote:

Hi all!

Thank you to the amazing resources and brave voices on this page. I am in the early stage of diagnosis here and have been told that over the next few days I will need to choose between lumpectomy or masectomy. I have either a small incapsulated tumor or potentially a smaller tumor that may be more invasive. I need further biopsy to determine if the calicification on my mammagram and MRI are cancerous or precancerous. I think I am in favor of a lumpectomy, but am not ready to totally rule our a masectomy. Did anyone here elect for a masectomy and later have regrets about not saving what they could of their breast? I know this is personal and different for everyone, but I would welcome insight from others who have been there. Thank you!

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Jun 15, 2018 05:47PM Moderators wrote:

Dear SpideyBee,

Welcome to the community. We are sorry about your diagnosis but so glad that you reached our to our members. This particular thread while it contains some posts is mostly a thread created by the moderators to provide links about surgery. You may want to look at this thread which raises similar questions of Mastectomy Versus Lumpectomy. Here is a link to information on our main site about surgical choices.Please stay connected her and let us know if you need any help navigating your way around. The MOds

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Jul 8, 2018 06:53PM Schweety wrote:

I am not sure if this is the right board....but what is genomic testing. Is it the same as genetic testing? I just had a lumpectomy last week. The doc ordered the Oncodx test but did not mention genomic testing? I am getting nervous again about "Not knowing" about these tests. The genetic tests came back negative..yay.

Thank you,

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Oct 20, 2018 01:51AM HPFULL wrote:

It is looking like I will be having a lumpectomy, with a setinel node biopsy,nipple reconstruction and then radiation. Does anyone know what amount of time I should take off work to recovery after the surgery

Dx 10/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/11/2018 Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 22, 2019 11:23AM Flybynightengale wrote:

I have regretted the double mastectomy I had. Why does NO ONE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD on the "Breast Team" inform you that this will grossly alter your sexual arousal with no more feeling in your breasts???

Dx 10/25/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/6/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 1/26/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Aug 23, 2019 05:30AM Moderators wrote:

Dear Flybynightengale - Sorry your circumstances has brought you here but we sincerely hope that it will be a source of great support to you, welcome!

We understand your frustration... Hope you can find other community members here sharing some similar experiences and advice. In the mean time, here is a popular thread from our boars where you can ask and learn more on intimacy and sex live during and after breast cancer:

I WANT MY MOJO BACK!

We hope this helps! Looking forward to hearing more from you soon!

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Jun 19, 2020 02:02PM nursemyn wrote:

Hello. I am new here. I had surgery last week, and am having a hard time with recovery..... because of the Covid situation my diagnosis and surgery process has gone so fast that I don't feel I had time to adjust to what was happening. I need a support group and others' stories to help me get though this.

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Jun 19, 2020 03:54PM Moderators wrote:

Hi nursemyn, and welcome to Breastcancer.org!

We're so sorry for the reasons that bring you here, but we're really glad you've found us. Our Community is an amazing source of information, advice, and support -- we're all here for you!

We'd suggest you start a new post in the Surgery - Before, During, and After forum introducing yourself and sharing your experience, so that others can weigh in with their thoughts. It's easy to do: just click the link to the forum, select Start a New Topic, fill out the Subject and Body of the post, and click Submit. Don't forget to select the thread as a Favorite, so you can get notifications when someone responds to your post!

Also, don't forget to fill out your Profile so others can see your diagnostic and treatment information, which will help them answer your questions. You can fill out your profile by clicking My Profile at the top right of your screen, and following the prompts to enter your information in the My Diagnoses and My Treatment tabs.

We hope this helps and we look forward to seeing you around the Community! Let us know if you need any help at all!

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