I can answer that one, booksandwine. If you're having radiotherapy, then you will not be able to have reconstruction until at least 12 months after that. It's the same situation that I am in. I finished chemo in April, has a mastectomy in May and will be starting 3 weeks of rads later this month, so I can't have recon until next summer.
There is a very good reason for this - the x-rays remain in the area they are focussed on for up to 12 months, and any new tissue, either real flesh or silicon, that is there, will shrink/die/harden. Some ladies insist on have instant reconstruction then go on to have radiotherapy and end up with a much smaller hard breast that side, then go back asking for corrective surgery, which they don't always get. Better to wait until the x-rays are gone from your body and get it done right first time.
My surgery was exactly four weeks after chemo, this is to allow for bloods to get back to normal etc.
good luck with your treatment.
My surgeon timed it for exactly 4 weeks after my last chemo session to allow for the side effects to wear off. In the end, it was delayed an extra week because he was unavailable on the day he booked me for. I think 4 weeks is normal though.
Good luck. You're getting there. x
I hopefully finish my chemo on July 10th and I am wondering what the time scale will be for surgery after chemo does anyone have an idea?