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Nov 9, 2018 12:56PM
SimoneRC - BSO (bilateral salpingo oophorectomy) was an easy surgery for me. Looks like you are already menopausal (since you are taking anastrozole), so you may not have any long standing issues from it. Physically, I was fine in a few days. A bit of stomach bloating and soreness around incisions (also had laparascopic surgery), but nothing serious. I had surgery on a Tuesday (outpatient, had exchange to implant at the same time). Took it easy Wednesday and Thursday, by Friday I was totally fine, worked a little (I work from home, on a computer). Not sure if it was a result of not giving myself enough recovery time or getting the ovary out, but 2 weeks later I was hit with extreme fatigue, dizziness, hot flashes increased in both frequency and intensity. Maybe I had something else - a viral infection? Maybe it was a combination of things. I was also on ovarian suppression for 5 months before getting the ooph, so, technically, they weren't functioning for a while.
But yeah - the surgery was a piece of cake for me
etnasgirl - I'm sure as 3 year survivor. and having good stats (small tumor, clean nodes, I'm assuming low Oncotype) you have a different perspective at this AI thing. I had larger tumor and was high risk, so when I saw stats for AIs providing a better disease free survival for women like me, I jumped on this bandwagon gladly. All in all, I don't have regrets. Ultimately, we are not guaranteed anything, but having a (hopefully) superior antihormonal treatment gives me a peace of mind. And this peace of mind is quite important to me, enough that I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of QOL.
But we all have to make our own decisions - I wish you to make one be at peace with it. Also, personally, if I have hard time deciding anything, I try to go with a reversible option, which, in your case, may be leaving the ovary intact and just removing the cyst.
8/31/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/15/2017, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/29/2017 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
2/23/2018 Zoladex (goserelin)
2/28/2018 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
2/28/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right
4/5/2018 Femara (letrozole)
8/21/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant