Thanks for your post and your question, which isn’t silly at all.
Waiting for treatment to start after diagnosis is an anxious and stressful time, with lots of information to take in. Because of this, many people worry that they’ve not understood or taken in all they’ve been told and that they may have missed some information.
Your treatment team are the best people to explain again exactly what the surgery involves and whether they think you may need an implant as part of the process.
They go through this information shortly before your operation in order to gain your written consent.
However, it’s important to ask any questions when you have them so they can take the time to talk this through with you and alleviate any of your concerns. It might be helpful to know that a surgeon can’t change the procedure they perform without your prior consent (so they couldn’t use an implant without your agreement).
It sounds as though it would be a good idea for you to call your breast care nurse to chat this through. Breast care nurses are very used to this type of situation and should be happy to repeat the information you need to help you feel more confident about what will happen.
You might also find it helpful to talk to someone who has had a similar type of surgery. Our Someone Like Me service can arrange for one of our volunteers to talk to you by email or telephone. Our volunteers have had a personal experience of breast cancer and are trained to provide support.
You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0345 077 1893 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Helpline so they can arrange to match you to your volunteer.
As you’re anxious I’d encourage you to call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through more with us or have any further questions you’d like to ask. The Helpline team have time to listen to your concerns and can provide or signpost you to support where necessary. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.
The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).
If you would like a nurse to call you do complete this form. Ticking the box agreeing to a call back.
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.
Breast Cancer Now Nurse
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Thanks for posting your question.
We hope to be able to respond to you tomorrow.
In the meantime our Helpline is open until 4pm today if you would like to talk things through.
If you do phone our Helpline please let us know that you have asked a question on our forum so that we know your query has been answered. Thank you
With best wishes.
Ask Our Nurses Service Co-ordinator
Hi - I hope it's ok to ask this... I have stage 1 invasive ductal breast cancer and am having a therapeutic mammoplasty and sentinel lymp node biospy next Monday July 26th. Because of the position of the tumour my specialist recommended this rather than a lumpectomy which would have resulted in 'some deformity' post surgery. I have decided to have a mammoplasty on the unaffected breast at the same time for symmetry, and so that the surgeon can use some breast tissue from the healthy breast to re-shape the one with the tumour.
I thought I had my head round this and understood what would happen, but for some reason today I have started to worry that they will use some sort of implant as well as my own breast tissue! I don't know where this thought came from as it's not been mentioned by any of my treatment team but for some reason it's now really worrying me!
Are you able to let me know if this is likely or not? I can ask my breast cancer nurse, but to be honest I feel a bit stupid 😞