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Jul 17, 2017 08:06AM
Lita, no drain(s) for me either. I had very little pain after surgery & ice packs took care of the little I did have. I did develop a stubborn seroma though. I think that if I had immediately worn compression bras 24/7 I might have have avoided the seroma, so you might want to try that, if it's ok with your BS.
Like you, I had a lumpectomy (no lymph nodes taken) years ago & had a super easy recovery. Recovery has been harder this time but there were more incisions & they were in an area that impacted my arm range of motion. The exercises I learned from the LEPT resolved those issues, though, so don't worry about that.
I echo Gardennerd's advice about a small pillow under your arm; I bought mine at moonlightpillows.com & it was my constant companion (especially during radiation).
For me, the difficulty in recovery was more emotional than physical. Waiting for the path results from the surgery & my oncotype number was nerve wracking. After that, you know what you're facing. Good luck & I'll be sending prayers your way on the 21st.
Dara & NDGrll, in some people the mouth is just not connected to the brain! I hope you just laughed at their insensitive comments.
Kaso, I'm so sorry your results were misread. That shouldn't happen to anyone!!!! As to your question, I can only answer from my experience. Like you, I had a lumpectomy, followed by radiation. With a relatively small (2.1 cm) stage 2A, grade 2 ILC & no lymph node involvement, my MO relied on my oncotype score to determine whether or not to do chemo. My score of 7 meant chemo wouldn't help much but the addition of (at least) 5 years of drug therapy would cut my risk of recurrence in half. Because I'm post-menopausal (& because she feels AIs would reduce my risk somewhat more than Tamoxifen) she recommended I take Anastrozole. So far my SEs are nothing I can't handle. Good luck at your appt; pls keep us posted.
Hugs to all - JKL
2/2/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
3/20/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast
5/24/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)