Would you mind me asking you about operation and the central MX? The surgeon has given me a little time to think about the surgery because I don't want the LD reconstruction from the back (had bad back muslces for years). She isn't happy with the thought of just a lumpectomy because she would have to remove so much of the boob. I'm meeting with the surgeon again tomorrow and need to have made a decision on huge lumpectomy or mx - I just wonder how things had progressed for you since the operation. I've also been told I will have chemotherapy afterwards and then radiotherapy (which can cause issues for reconstruction whether carried out before or afterwards).
I just want to get rid of the cancer and make sure it's all gone out the boob and whether a partial mx is ok to live with for a while until delayed reconstruction or small prosthesis can be used.
Hi KBO, I think some surgeons feels rather pleased with themselves when they achieve clear margins and have removed "all" the tumour and have to make a big thing of it lol. Mine couldn't understand why I was not running around the room with excitement when he said "I've removed all the tumour from your breast", it didn't seem to matter to him that I thought I was having a lumpectomy but had to have a central mx for him to achieve his goal lol. Don't get me wrong I am so grateful for all the care and treatment I had and although a bit of a shock waking up to half a boob it wasn't a major concern, I was just glad the surgery was over. Another thing was that I had a node with cancer in so knew only to well that the little bugger was trying to make a break for it and there was a chance that cancer cells had got through, after all that's why I needed chemo to mop them up (if there were any).So him telling me the cancer was gone didn't make me feel better about it all. I know it's great that a second surgery was not needed but he did make me feel like I should be forever indebted to him.
all the best xx
Thought I should say I'm not newly diagnosed lol, I'm 6 years on from dignosis but still pop on here can't seem to drag myself away from the forums haha xx .
yes it's good news I'd say.