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Topic: Lumpectomy Lounge....let's talk!

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

Posted on: Feb 19, 2013 07:35PM - edited Feb 25, 2013 10:57PM by ToriGirl

ToriGirl wrote:

WELCOME TO THE LUMPECTOMY LOUNGE!

I've searched and searched BC.org and couldn't find a specific post just for those of us who have had lumpectomies (unless there was one and it got buried).  So, I thought that it was about time that we had our own place that we can come to...where we can discuss, ask questions, tell stories, seek advice, give comfort, give high fives and do the happy dance...and just feel free to let out our thoughts about the things that we have all gone through (or all currently going through, or about to go through).

Some of you have just had lumpectomies..some of you lumpectomies plus radiation, others have had lumpectomies, chemo and radiation, and still others who have had the lumpectomy, chemo, radiation and hormonal therapy.  We've all got stories...and with those stories we have questions and concerns and this is the place to put them.....so we can hear from others that have "been there, done that" and can give us a different perspective on all of it.

Let's reach as many folks as we can...I know that there are many out there that are asking, " Is this normal?  Should this be numb?  How am I supposed to sleep after surgery? When does it get better?  Do I need to call the doctor? Should this feel like this?" How is the "new normal" going to feel?  "How am I going to get through the next mammogram or MRI?"

Maybe some of you need some reassurance, maybe some of you need to know that there are others of us out there that can help...and still maybe some of you just need to scream, "My doctor didn't tell me that!"or "This sucks!" or just some nice "choice" words...  

Don't worry...we get it...we understand it...

Weather you are waiting to have your surgery, just got a lumpectomy last week or you got one years ago...share your knowledge and experiences here...

There is no limit to what we can talk about!  :)

Ready?  GO!

"Sorrow carves the opening for joy later..." Dx 6/4/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, 1/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 16, 2017 10:54AM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Poodles, I'm sure you needed a broken toe on top of everything else that has been going on. Geez. How ARE things going? I've been thinking of you!!

Dara, some people are so totally clueless. Maybe that person was trying to make you feel better and find something positive in the whole crappy BC experience but still.......

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2017 11:18AM Molly50 wrote:

Dara, how absolutely insensitive! Poodles, glad you got some good news for a change. You get your Dexa scan every other year? My MO orders them annually.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 16, 2017 11:59AM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Molly, I can only have a DexaScan every other year. Guess that's all Medicare will pay for.

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2017 06:30PM EpicSquirrel wrote:

My lumpectomy was about 7 weeks ago and recently the area is very indented. The scare seems to be like receding into the breast if that makes sense. I did have a lot of tissue taken out, about 5cm according to the path report (she also removed a cyst right next to the cancer) so was actually surprised it looked so "normal" after the surgery.

Anyway I had a benign mass removed a couple months before this surgery, same breast, same surgeon, but it didnt so this indentation thing later.

I wasn't thinking anything about it. Both BS and MO said it is healing well when they saw me last. (Most recent was MO three weeks ago) But husband asked if I was going to go back to have it looked at since it has changed so much. Made me wonder if I should be concerned?

History of fibrocystic and dense breasts (pain, cysts, aspirations, biopsies). 1.4 cm IDC at age 49 after "benign" flare up earlier this year (2017) Healthy lifestyle, no genetic mutations. Sometimes it is just bad luck. Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/24/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 16, 2017 06:32PM - edited Jul 16, 2017 06:34PM by mustlovepoodles

I'm not sure how often they plan to do the DEXA scan. I'll have to ask at my next MO appt.

The broken toe is geting better. It's been about 6 weeks and the color is about back to normal. Still a little "touchy."

I'm working at my mother's house this week, while DH continues to work on ours. My sister is here with me and we've been cleaning, grouting, moving furniture, hanging drapes, and taking shelves apart. A whole bunch of it went to Goodwill or to the trash. I overdid today and by 6pm I was down for the count with a migraine. Still, it's looking good in here, better than it has in at least 15 years.


Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/18/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Jul 16, 2017 06:58PM Lita19901 wrote:

I have a question regarding sentinel node biopsy with lumpectomy vs just a lumpectomy. Is the recovery any different? I had a lumpectomy 3 years ago for DCIS and it was a snap but now I have the Real Deal with surgery scheduled for the 21st. Do you always have a drain with SNB?

Dx 6/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/21/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jul 16, 2017 07:08PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Lita, I did not have a drain. I only had two modes removed. I did have some swelling, numbness, and tingling, all of which are normal. I also had a large hematoma, followed by an equally large seroma, also very common after breast surgery. Breasts don't like to be messed with.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/18/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Jul 16, 2017 07:14PM Tappermom383 wrote:

Lita, I did not have a drain either. The SNB incision area was very tender; I had three nodes removed. I found keeping a small pillow under my arm really helped - reduced skin-to-skin contact. I still sleep with it.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2017 08:35PM molliefish wrote:

best Poodles. Purging can be the hardest part.

Dx 5/24/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/8/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 8/14/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 1/10/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast
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Jul 16, 2017 08:40PM PontiacPeggy wrote:

Poodles, WOW! You've really accomplished a lot on your mother's house. Hooray!!! Is DH making as much progress on yours?

Lita, I had 5 nods removed and no drain. I had very little pain but the SNB site was a huge annoyance since everything seemed to rub on it - bras, blouses. And it took nearly a year for the nerves to regenerate (sometimes they don't). Not painful just bothersome. You'll do fine!

HUGS!

Peggy. Diagnosed age 68., Oncotype 13. Everything is doable - not easy, but doable. Dx 6/5/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/23/2014, DCIS, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1 Surgery 7/23/2014 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/2/2014 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/17/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 16, 2017 08:51PM Molly50 wrote:

I had a drain but I had axillary lymph node dissection since I had two positive nodes.

54 years old. Chek2 mutation. Family history of BC. Oncotype Dx 13 Extensive LVI Dx 6/8/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 7/29/2015, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 7/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Surgery 9/4/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/13/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2016 Aromasin (exemestane) Surgery 7/22/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/21/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Jul 16, 2017 09:26PM ndgrrl wrote:

I had 9 nodes removed and no drain. It was tender and swollen and ice packs were my friend for awhile.

Wow Data, some people are clueless. I did have one person ask me why I did not get my breasts removed so I could get implants and that since celebrities do it all the time it can not be that big a deal of a surgery. Ummm?? I truly do not think celebrities are have masectomies first. I just shake my head and walk away!

My insurance will only pay for a dead scan once every two years unless its medically necessary. Hmmm. What do they constitute necessary? I have Blue Cross Blue Shield

Epicsquirrel, where my cancer was removed dented in quite a bit. I actually had reconstruction by use of fat grafting where they Lipo suctioned fat from my tummy and after doing some things to it, they then injected it into my breast.

Keep laughing though you feel like crying-- sometimes that just helps :) Diagnosed at age 44- first ever mammo. Oncho score of 18. Dx 7/19/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/8/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/26/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2014 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 3/2/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 16, 2017 09:27PM - edited Jul 16, 2017 09:28PM by ndgrrl

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Keep laughing though you feel like crying-- sometimes that just helps :) Diagnosed at age 44- first ever mammo. Oncho score of 18. Dx 7/19/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/18/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 9/8/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/26/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/18/2014 Reconstruction (right) Surgery 3/2/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Jul 17, 2017 05:39AM Gardennerd wrote:

Dara, your MO is a keeper. Sorry to hear that you had to do chemo but so good your MO asked about you doing the Prosigna. Regarding neighbors comment . .. although she worded herself terribly, I would rather hope she meant well and just didn't take time to chose her words better. I will admit prior to my having cancer, I lacked a lot of knowledge and have wondered myself did I say something carelessly to someone, not meaning to do so. I was in the mindset if I don't know anything "maybe" I don't have to deal with it. Now, if I see an opening I try to educate those that seem to struggle in speaking with me about cancer.

EpicSquirrel, if you have any questions about your LX, your should ask your doc. But my gut tells me that the indention could be normal. My surgeon covered the chances of it being noticeable. And I imagine from past experience they can guess the results but also imagine every one is different. Size of breast, size of lesion and clear margin removed. If it is a concern, I wouldn't hesitate to ask your doc.

Mustlovepoodles, sounds like you are coming to an end on your Moms house. Amazing how much work is required but you and your siblings have truly tackled it. Probably hard to keep up the momentum but don't forget to take care of yourself on this path.

Lita, I'm also one that did not have a drain. But will say the surgeon advised me that he could not tell me if I would have a drain until he got in there. And as others, the incision was more of an aggravation. Ice and a small pillow to keep the arm from resting down on it for a bit helped.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. (Pablo Picasso) Oncotype 12 Dx 3/22/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2017 05:55AM Lita19901 wrote:

Thanks, everyone!

Dx 6/24/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 7/21/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jul 17, 2017 06:15AM Kaso wrote:

When do lumpectomy/SLB results lead to chemotherapy before radiation which will be folowed by an aromatose inhibitor???? I meet with the surgeon today for my post surgery appointment. I meet to discuss radiation the week after with a radiologist I have yet to meet, and in 2 weeks I meet with an oncologist for my first time to discuss the possibility of chemo and then hormone drugs n(aromatose inhibitor) that follow radiation. I want to go in informed. I wish I had a "team approach" with all doctors present, but I don't. I want to be certain and believe that every decision made is the best decision for me. I have doubt because my initial entry into this journey was incorrect. My biopsy was misread at a different hospital. I didn't have cancer for 10 days and only at the surgeon's office to discuss what was ADH did the surgeon become informed that an error was made. I need to rebuild trust that whatever the next pathway is on this journey, that it is a wise pathway for ME.

Dx 7/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2017 08:06AM JKL2017 wrote:

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



Dx 2/2/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/20/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/24/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2017 08:18AM Kaso wrote:

JKL thank you for adding a response. I can't keep my stomach from churning:) When was your octotype ordered? My 1st oncologist is not until July 31st. I am hoping the oncologist will order this then. Am I correct that results can take 3 weeks? This of course delays further treatment. Can you tell me if you were also diagnosed with Atyical Ductal Hyperplasia in cells that were not definitely cancer? My initial diagnosis was ADH only. My second diagnosis was <2mm (of biopsy tissue) of ADH and 1.8mm of infiltrating mammary carcinoma. I can't help but to wonder if the ADH is throughout my body and how my other breast won't be overcome by this in time.

Dx 7/5/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2017 08:36AM VL22 wrote:

DaraB - seriously? Props to you from not going crazy. What would make someone say something so stupid?

I start chemo 7/24 and my main issue is going bald and having people I have no interest in knowing my business. I guess you get over it. I've warned the kids that people may sone some really unbelievable things to them

Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jul 17, 2017 01:19PM JKL2017 wrote:

Kaso, my MO ordered my oncotype test during my 1st appt with her. I believe the results came back in less than 10 working days & that her office called me immediately with the good news. If your MO routinely relies on oncotyping, perhaps your BS could order the test prior to your appt with the MO. (I seem to remember my MO asking me whether my BS had already ordered it, so maybe it's often done that way.) I understand how you feel; the waiting is excruciating at times!

Sorry, I didn't have ADH. (There is an ADH thread on BCO that you may want to visit.)

Write down your questions as they come to you & take them with you when you meet with your MO. Mine was very open to my concerns & we discussed the reasoning behind her treatment recommendations. And statistically the AIs further reduce our chances of recurrence, so you'll have that tool in your arsenal.

You have a lot of options & a lot of resources available. And reach out if I can help in any way. Hugs - JKL

Dx 2/2/2017, ILC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/20/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/24/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 17, 2017 01:39PM - edited Jul 17, 2017 01:39PM by octogirl

Kaso, my MO ordered genomics testing before I saw him for the first time (but after visit was scheduled): you might want to call either his/her office or your BS to ask about what tests will be ordered and when; ordering before the apt can save time (tests are done on the tissue from the Lx). However, before ordering oncotype MO will want to know your ER/PR status (based on pathology results after LX), presumably you have those, though I didn't see them listed in your signature. In that regard, my BS told me MO had ordered the testing, so they were communicating at least via email or records sharing even though it didn't always appear to be coordinated. (indeed, at one point BS called MO to ask that start of chemo be delayed because my lx was slow to heal).

It is MO who will give you final advice on whether to have chemo, and chemo generally is done before rads, so even though you will be meeting with RO first, let him or her know that you haven't met with MO yet, or possibly even consider postponing initial apt with RO until after your first meeting with MO, especially since the two appointments are close together. I ended up meeting with RO shortly after lx and then not having rads until several months later (because I had chemo), and in fact I ended up using a different RO, based on my MO's recommendation. Remember that you need to heal from Lx before starting either rads or chemo, so postponing the RO appointment for a week or so isn't going to make a huge amount of difference. I agree with writing down questions and asking as they come up; given your concern about coordination of care, I'd ask the same questions of all three docs (BS, RO and MO). Ask them about any inconsistencies.

Best of luck;

Octogirl

Dx 6/18/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/16/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 9/9/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/15/2015 Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/8/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 21, 2017 07:26AM Sarah_R wrote:

hi all. Heading for lumpectomy w sn biopsy next week. Any learned lessons to make going in or coming out easier?

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Jul 21, 2017 08:45AM Tappermom383 wrote:

Welcome, Sarah! My lumpectomy was on March 31. My main concern was the anesthesia as I've had great difficulty (read vomiting) after surgery in the past. I had in-depth conversations with the nurse on the phone the night before and the anesthesiologist the morning of my surgery. I sailed through! They really listened to me and gave me the right meds. One concern down.

I had great faith in my surgeon so I wasn't really nervous (OK, a little bit). I had injections of a nuclear isotope for the SNB and found that very painful (some women have said it didn't hurt at all). But that pain went right away.

When I woke up, I felt some discomfort but nothing very severe. I had to rest a while in recovery and then came home. I was still a bit loopy from the anesthetic so just sat and rested. I couldn't eat much due to my cotton mouth from the anesthetic. My DH went out and bought me Popsicles and sherbet. Soup was a great favorite for the first couple of days.

I took a couple of the prescribed Norco (be sure to take a stool softener because it will cause constipation) but didn't really need much help. My breast incision didn't really bother me but the SNB one did. What I found most helpful was keeping a small pillow under that arm so there was o skin-to-skin contact.

I work from home; my surgery was on a Friday so I was able to get back to work on Monday. Just be sure to take it easy, even when you start to feel great. I only had surgical glue on the outside and didn't even think about the internal stitches until I read my operation report, which I got at my two-week follow-up. As PontiacPeggy reminded me on this forum, this is major surgery. You have to respect that fact.

Best of luck to you! Keep us posted. Reach out here with questions and concerns. The women here have been my lifeline.

MJ


Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 21, 2017 09:04AM KB870 wrote:

Hi Sarah R

I am one of the people that had no pain from the injection. I was told to get an EMLA patch to put on 2 hrs before. I also had minimal pain after (mine were 2 separate surgeries). A Tylenol took care of the discomfort and that was for a couple of days only. I was back swimming a week later. WARNING - I was feeling great and totally overdid it for the first couple of days. I had to learn to give in to being tired and sit down or rest, this was tough for me. Fortunately I have a DH to keep an eye on me. Oh and BTW my scars are almost invisible now.

It is called a partial mastectomy because it IS major surgery so don't let anyone give you a hard time.

All the best we'll be thinking of you.

Diagnosed at 62 when I was feeling great! Active swimmer, erger and more. Surgery 9/18/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 10/6/2016, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 10/30/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 11/28/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 11/28/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 4/3/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast
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Jul 21, 2017 09:56AM ShockedAt48 wrote:

I went back to work this week after having a lumpectomy and I found it hilarious that a few of my male co-workers could not stop themselves from staring at my breasts, there eyes were drawn like a magnet. Men!

Dx 6/7/2017, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/22/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 8/3/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/6/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 21, 2017 10:29AM Gardennerd wrote:

Sarah R - Welcome to the forum. I imagine you are on overload with your surgery next week. But if you are interested in information I'd suggest you can go back a few months on this forum and read about others experiences. There seemed to be a group of going through lumpectomy's about the same time, so lots of questions asked and lots of assistance from those that had been through it.

Generally speaking - I'd say the surgery was not nearly as bad as I thought, it was the waiting for the biopsy's throughout the process. The unknown is hard. Do what normally a person would do before surgery in having lite food, comfortable pillows, a good place to sleep comfortably prepared.

Afterwards, ice packs and a small pillow are helpful.

From my take on the website it appears that most do not take their prescribed pain med after the surgery, and may just take Tylenol. So that should tell you that in general it is not an overly painful surgery it is more of discomfort.

Lots of things going through my head to try to help you but this would be a long post. I guess the other thing is that everyone of us is different. Tappermom was able to work in just a few days as she was home. I work a physical job and was out 4 weeks (one of those weeks was my brachytherapy). I also had two incisions and the SNB. And overall, I think most will say the SN incision was the hardest.

Keep in mind we are all of different sizes, and have different amounts of tissues removed and so that has some bearing on how are experiences.

You are in the right forum though. These wonderful ladies helped me through a scary time with all my concerns . . . we are all here for you.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. (Pablo Picasso) Oncotype 12 Dx 3/22/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 21, 2017 11:00AM Tappermom383 wrote:

Gardennerd is exactly right - I could only go "back" to work as it's upstairs in my loft. I never could have done my previous job (editor of our local newspaper) so soon after surgery. When I felt my eyes glazing over as I sat at the computer, I went back downstairs to my comfy chair and rested.

Listen to your body and give in, as KB advised. Let others help you.

I wasn't told to anything prior to the nuclear injection. The radiologist introduced himself, followed by, "I'm sorry but I'm going to hurt you." He was true to his word!

Shocked - that's really funny! I've noticed folks staring there as well.

MJ

Diagnosed at 70 after four excisional biopsies over the course of 47 years. MammaPrint came back Low Risk. DexaScan: osteopenia. Dx 3/23/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/31/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/17/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jul 21, 2017 12:59PM Goofycat wrote:

Sarah R,

Please talk to the anesthesiologist first if you have any concerns. It helped me a lot because I vomit after surgery.

I used ice every hour for 20 minutes after surgery for about a week and then when needed. They gave me a heart shaped pillow that was great because I could put it under my arm and across my breast and it covered both incisions. Also used it in the car under the seatbelt.

Don't stop using your arm that the nodes were taken out. Follow all the restrictions but do use it. It sure helped me. These instructions were from a physical therapist.

I wish you the best and pray for your strength and recovery.

Dx 5/15/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 8/6/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy
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Jul 21, 2017 01:27PM ali68 wrote:


Anyone having breast lift ?

Dx 12/7/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 9/32 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/12/2012 Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 6/18/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 7/24/2012 Radiation Therapy 8/1/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 21, 2017 05:42PM Gardennerd wrote:

Ali68 - I have to chuckle as after my lumpectomy that particular breast was slightly fuller and my nipple was higher, a look I didn't mind . . . instead of the other one that looked to the ground (I am large breasted). An unintended lift . . . so to speak. Wish the other looked upward, ha,ha.

I did seriously consider a reduction prior to the lumpectomy or rather during (oncoplasty) where the surgeon and the plastic surgeon work together. I decided the removal of the cancer was more important and I had several delays already and so did not pursue it. No regrets but certainly was a consideration. I'm a firm believer in we should feel comfortable with ourselves.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. (Pablo Picasso) Oncotype 12 Dx 3/22/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 5/16/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/22/2017 Hormonal Therapy 6/1/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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