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Topic: BMX + Port?

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

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019 12:10PM

rlmessy wrote:

Right now I am scheduled for a BMX and at the same time will have my port placed.

Has anyone else done that? Would love to hear how it went.


My DX appears below but I am also a caregiver to my awesome Mom, a 13 year (2006) BC Survivor, IIIa IDC, ER/PR+, HER2+, R MX, Lymphedema R Arm Dx 10/10/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 12/18/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 2/21/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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Nov 11, 2019 12:29PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I didn’t get mine that way, but sounds like a great plan. One less procedure, copay, recovery. Any pain from either all at once.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 11, 2019 01:00PM Caiti2067 wrote:

I did, it went great. I was already on painkillers for the bmx and didn't notice any port pain. Saved an extra surgery. My mom had her port done as a standalone, 1/2 day in hospital and she said it hurt for a week or so.

Diagnosed at 51 in routine mammogram. Have (had) extremely dense breast tissue. Oncologist said a lot of other stuff was in there (DCIS, Cysts, ADH in other side) so glad I had BMX Dx 11/5/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 12/17/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Nov 11, 2019 02:11PM SpecialK wrote:

Yes, had mine done that way and my very experienced surgeon actually installed it while he had the left side mastectomy flap cleared out so I had no additional incision lines. He used a very small port, subclavian - so just below my throat at the clavicle - it never showed and I was actually reluctant to remove it because doing so would cause a visible scar. I kept it for six years, and had it removed by my plastic surgeon (reconstructive) and she did a great job making the incision very small and placing it in another scar from a skin cancer removal. It was done during a fat grafting procedure so I was not awake - which was great! Remind your oncology nurses when you start chemo that it has been there since your BMX - they may need to flush it first, depending on time between surgery and first chemo, to make sure it is working smoothly.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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Nov 12, 2019 09:26PM fac03 wrote:

I had Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, then I had lumpectomy and the port removed at the same time.

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