Hi - sorry you are having to go through this again ,I hope that the MRI doesn't mean more extensive treatment .It may be better to post in the surgery section if you want some information regarding the recovery from mastectomy .All the best with your treatment .Jill x
Hi, a month ago I was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hormone-receptive malignant tumour in my left breast. I had a different kind of hormone-receptive tumour removed from the same place eight years ago.
I've already had a bunch of tests, including a nuclear bone scan, and it seems the cancer hasn't spread to the rest of my body, so that's an enormous relief. But I've only just had a breast MRI done, yesterday in fact (due to technical problems with the machine), so I won't know if it's in the other breast until the results appointment in two weeks.
The surgeon told me a couple of weeks ago that a mastectomy is inevitable, and I imagine it will be a double one if they do find something in the other breast.
I didn't have chemotherapy last time, but it's extremely likely now - although if my lymph glands are clear, there's an outside possibility that they'll consider just going with hormone treatment, as I didn't have that last time. I'm scared of the prospect of chemo, however logical it might be that I should have it now, so at the moment I'm holding on to that slight possibility.
Could someone please tell the approximate recovery time for a single mastectomy? And a double one? These are questions I should have asked in the initial appointment with the surgeon but didn't.