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Dec 11, 2007 02:53PM
HI both of you I also have a pacemaker and have been in the same place as you two. I had a bilateral Mast/reconst and pacemaker moved (left to right) in Sept. I was told, following my excisional biopsy (Lymdectomy). by my BS that the cancer had spread to my lymphnodes and I needed a mast, bilateral (He said the chances of it showing up in the right breast was 40%)
However, now heres's the bad part, after having both of my breasts removed, the PM relocated to the right side of my chest, and the expanders inserted, My GP and NEW Onc told me there was NO SIGN of cancer anywhere. I now have 4 wires, (and had to go thru the recall scare) criss-crossing my chest. A lump on the left side where the old wires are connected to the new ones (they cannot remoevd the old ones after 2 weeks), and a lump on the right side where the PM now rests. ANd as my pathologist report stated no sign of cancer, I do not need the rads that was the reason behind the relocation.
If either of you are planning on reconstruction...good luck. I have 260 cc in each side at the present and will be having my second fill Thursday. My PM Dr is very concerned about the expanders pushing against the PM and the muscles around it...it could cause a PM malfuction, pull a wire lose, or (worse can senario), pull the wire in my heart. Needless to say that will kill me. PLEASE have a long long talk with you PM Dr and explain, IN DETAIL, what goes on with the reconstruction process. My PS wanted to have the PM Dr move the PM to my stomach and not until a few days later did anyone know where the darn thing had been put.
Another bit a bad luck. I never needed the PM to start with as I did not have any heart problems, only a bad reaction to RXs, so my Cartiologist, felt it would protect me, down the line, from my heart stopping (again) from an alergic reaction to some medication. NOW I do have a heart issue becasue of the PM.
Feel free to PM me and I can go in to more detail.
TNBC, Chemo/TC (5), Surgeries, Lump, Mast/Rec, move PM 4 rads, infection(2),Exch, Re-do(2), tumor '09/B9, lesions: Thyroid, kidney, sinus, mastoid, "activity' spine/hip, mini/strokes, 12/10 Scan Spina Bifida (L1,2,3,4)