Just seen your post re therapeutic mammoplasty....I had this - assuming you mean bilateral! - I am so pleased with the results as I now have much smaller (more manageable) breasts....this was followed by rads and hormone therapy with minimal fuss.
Hope all goes well.
Thanks everyone for your stories, they were very encouraging. however having discussed the matter with the oncologist yesterday I have decided I am not going to follow this route, I am going to have surgery. As there is no reason why I cannot have the surgery now, there seems no point in delaying it. It was tempting to think I might be able to shrink the tumour and have just a lumpectomy but I decided against it. I will (hopefully) be having a therapeutic mammoplasty with sentinel node testing. Just need a date for surgery now!
I took letrozole for about 15 months and it did shrink my tumour by about 50% and I had a lumpectomy in February.
It was about 9 months before I had any measurable reduction, although I was convinced changes were going on as dimpling was decreasing and the tumour felt softer.
There have been studies in Edinburgh on this protocol, and I believe also at the Royal Marsden. Certainly for me it was the right thing to do
Good Luck - let us know how you get on.
I also had hormone therapy prior to my mastectomy - but this was because I delayed my surgery by a month - with the full blessing of my surgeon - to go on hoilday to Cuba!! As my tumours were hormone positive it was seen as a way of starting treatment prior to the surgery and this has stopped during my chemo but then will be back on it again for 5 years afterwards. At least your oncologist should be able toanswer these questions and not long to waitbut seems like forever.
I had hormone therapy for six months before surgery as I was unwell from an unrelated illness, to have surgery at the time. While it didn't shrink the tumour, it did stop it growing and altered the structure so it wasn't able to spread as fast. Mine was lobular cancer too, so perhaps this type responds well too it, I had a lumpectomy which unfortunately didn't have clear margins so ended up with a mastectomy with reconstruction. I was prescribed Letrozole which I read is the best one for lobular cancer, and while it did have side effects, they weren't too bad. Stopped them while on chemo but will have to take them for the next five years.