Kath sorry to hear you've joined our club.
I was warned that my plastic surgeon was thoughtful and blunt... it was so true. There was a lot of standing around with my top off, but gratefully there were no students to observe. He was blunt but not in a rude way, however when one is already feeling uncertain they can seem harsh. He was good and told me all the options available to me.
i should warn you that he may poke around other bits of your body such as back and belly to ascertain where he can take from.
As others have said you need to do what's right for you. XX
Well from diagnosis to end of active treatment it was 4 months basically:
13.10.16 WLE (wide local excision) and SNB (sentinel node biopsy)
22/11/26 oncology appointment to discuss radiotherapy and hormone blocking tablet
30/11/16 planning apt for radiotherapy
22/12/16 20 sessions of radiotherapy start, that was interesting because it involved Xmas and New Year bank holidays which extended it by 5 days
19/1/17 radiotherapy finish, oh my what a day that was 🙂 🙂
I put the terminology in so if you see/hear them you know what they mean.
phew, sometimes you do not have time to draw breath but I am so grateful to my wonderful breast care team who got me to where I am today. Ok I am on tamoxifen for 10 years, well 8.5 years now but it is a small price to pay taking that little tablet every day.
I forgot to say, I did get antidepressants to deal with my anxiety problems, I was in such a state. It's not something everyone wants to do, but it helped me get through what was a long journey. So it's something to discuss with your doctor if you need the help, there are things out there.
I had a large area of DCIS and was offered either mastectomy and reconstruction or a lumpectomy. I really didn't want to lose my breast unless there was no choice, and my surgeon was confident he could get a good cosmetic outcome by moving the remaining tissue round, so I chose a lumpectomy with oncoplastic reconstruction.
At various points before the surgery I was distraught at what was going to be done to me, so I know exactly what you're going through, I couldn't see how there could ever be a reasonable cosmetic outcome.
But after two operations to remove the cancer, and two breast reductions to the other side, I'm happy with the results. In fact, I prefer my smaller cup size. The scars on my cancer side aren't visible at all, and they're fading fast on the other side.
You will get through this, and this stage is where everything is so overwhelming. But it will get better, DCIS is the best diagnosis to have. And I'm sure you will have great treatment, it is amazing what they can do.
I'm glad you've found these boards, there are so many women on here who can really understand how you feel, we've all been there in the darkest days. But we're still here when things are on the up, to support each other.
Sending you love and hugs
Ali is quite an amazing lady xxx
I really do not mind at all and it is not at all vain, because this is a scary time, anything I can do to reassure you I will.
My lumpectomy was on the right breast at the top, it was a thickening that was picked up on a routine 3 yearly mammogram, yep I am over 50 :). I have a very fine scar about 3 inches long, it just looks like a crease, it is only when I lean forward that I have what looks like a dimple where the tumour was removed, but other than that you would not know. I also have a fine scar under my arm where they did a sentinel node biopsy as part of the lumpectomy, again that is a very fine crease like scar
Absolutely no problem glad I am able to be of some help and assurance.
I was diagnosed in Sept 2016 with grade 1 tubular, oestrogen positive bc, had a lumpectomy in Oct 2016 and followed up with 20 sessions of radiotherapy late December 2016/January 2017. Life has been back to normal since last February, I am taking tamoxifen for 10 years, but I can definitely assure you that light is at the end of the tunnel.
I have not had the same diagnosis as you, but wanted to say hello and welcome, even though it is not somewhere we would willingly be. One thing is for sure you will get loads of help and support on here from the wonderful ladies
This is the worst time but honestly once you have got your treatment plan in place it will be a lot easier, it is fear of the unknown at the moment. When you get your results they will give you your treatment plan which will set out what is going to happen and when.
The way you are feeling is totally normal and we can all relate to it.
I am afraid I can not help about the plastic surgeon as my bc was very different
Sending you hugs and just come on here whenever you need to, ask questions and we will always help and support you however we can.
Sending you hugs