Thanks. Slapping it on by the bucket load! You too. Ta. x
That’s great news.
I’ve just finished radiotherapy, make sure you slap on cream or whatever they recommend. Best wishes, Karen
Just wondering how you have got on?
I got the all clear after my fourth surgery - although I don’t look pretty underneath, when I have my clothes on, I have two lovely boobs. So the four surgeries were worth it in the end.
I’m on my final day 5 of RT tomorrow! Pre covid it would have been 15 days. 😊
It does help and matches my thinking which is reassuring. My surgeon hasn’t tried to persuade me either way, which is frustrating. It’s love/hate to be given a choice for something this important.
What tipped me to WLE is he says 5 days of radiation, I thought it would be longer. Plus, when you are 67, 10+ years sounds pretty good to me. If I were in my 30’s or even 40’s, it would definitely be different.
I find myself almost constantly surprised to be going down this road.
Thank you very much for sharing your experience.
I have DCIS. I had a WLE in Feb followed by two further surgeries to get better margins. Unfortunately without complete success.
I was given options by my surgeon of mastectomy, or reduction of breast and mammoplasty on the other to make it match. I chose the second option and had my fourth more major surgery last Friday.
My surgeon always encouraged me to go for the least invasive and not the ‘nuclear’ option of a mastectomy. I would always wonder if it had been necessary. I’m glad I went this path and that my surgeon was always keen to preserve as much of my breast as possible. It has meant four surgeries and there is still the possibility of a mastectomy but at least I’ve tried!
Hope that helps a little. xo
Thank you for replying. I was starting to think nobody loved me. Your experience is helpful. Thank you.
My brave lady, I wish you well what ever road you decide to take.
i have had breast cancer twice first the right side with a mastectomy and drugs, did have a few problems with my reconstruction, however fine now, second time in the left breast had a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and drugs.
For me the second time around was far easier, day surgery followed by 15 rounds of radiotherapy, (understand this had been cut to 5 sessions) recovery was much quicker and less stressful.
Hope you get some good advise from your breast cancer nurse, thinking of you, keep posting and let us know how your doing
hugs Tili 🙏🌈🙏🌈
I was diagnosed this past Friday and had a surgical consult today. My lump was found through self exam and didn’t even show on mammogram but ultrasound showed tiny little moose head complete with antlers which I promptly named Bullwinkle. Bullwinkle sits behind my nipple. I get to choose between two options.
Option A: WLE followed by radiation. My entire nipple will be removed along with 3 sentinel nodes from my armpit. He will fashion an aureole with loose skin from under my breast, which can be colored in at a later time. I will be taking estrogen blocking drugs for the next 10 years. Nodes and breast tissue sent to pathology to determine if further treatment is needed.
Option B: total mastectomy of right breast along with sentinel nodes. Likely no radiation needed. Estrogen blocking drugs for 10 years. Pathology will determine if further treatment needed.
I’m leaning toward option A.
I’m almost 67, so I think for me Option A is the most practical and least invasive.
What a bother, and only a few days to decide. My assigned nurse will be calling me to discuss. Would love opinions.