Hi Michelle, yes I was home on the day of my operation,in theatre at 8.45 am and home by 3.45pm. amazing. I feel pretty good, .only real pain is the sore throat from anaesthesia. They took the sentinel node and 2 more which were close by, nurse said just because they were close, must admit I keep worrying about those results. I go back on 31st may to get full results of everything and to find out what trratment next, I think definitely tamoxifen tablets but don't know about chemo/radio yet. My her2 result is still not back as it was inconclusive from the first go. Has the cold cap been ok? I was told my lump was Grade 1 from initial biopsy so hoping it not upgraded. I had an MRI scan of my breasts before op but nothing else been looked at, it's worrying but we must try not to think worst case scenario ...easier said than done. Oh a softie is a very soft light prosthesis you get straight after op, I have been wearing it all day yesterday and today in a soft sport style post op bra from Asda onljne and it's really quite comfortable and looks good too. Hope that's answers some questions for you, take care xxx
Hi Michelle, hope you are doing ok? I had my mastectomy yesterday and was home by 3.45pm! Feeling pretty good, one drain in and very little pain, more discomfort than anything. Have to say haven't been too shocked to look down and see one boob and am wearing my softie today and you couldn't really tell. Best wishes with the chemo XX
Michelle,. It's scary to think I am having mx on Wednesday and haven't even seen my surgeon yet, just woken up after dreamng of nothing but operations, boobs and drains!!
Michelle, good to hear your are dealing with the chemo ok, I have been reading other chemo threads (I just can't stop myself just in case I need it) and its good to see people have said its doable. Seems we are doing things back to front to each other, are you having reconstruction once you get your masectomy? I have opted not to, hard decision but just wanted the quickest easiet surgery, everyone is different though and I have spoken to two ladies, both roughly the same age as me (47) one of whom had mx and then recon and loves it (she paid privately and had the other one done at the same time and tatooed nippes too!) and the other who had straight mx and no recon and is equally as happy with the outcome so they helped me see both sides but I think I always knew I would opt for no recon.. big wuss when it comes to surgery!
Hi Michelle21, how are you finding chemo? I am having masectomy on 16th May so still don't know what treatment awaits. I am ER+ but still have not had the HER2 results back yet. I hate the waiting game, its a nightmare.
Isn't it strange how different hospitals work. I was diagnosed (from biopsy) with Grade 1 Ductal and I went on to have an MRI of just my breasts, this came back showing the lump was slightly larger and I also have a few other "spots" in the same breast. I was told that the MRI was to double check size and location prior to options for surgery and to see if there was anything else there. After this I was told I needed a masectomy as a lumpectomy would not get everything and I am quite small so wouldn't have enough breast left after lumpectomy. I always imagined breast cancer was breast cancer.. I now know there are loads of different types and the treatment is very often different for everyone. Never thought I would become an expert in this stuff and how I wish I wasnt!
They won’t ‘scan the lot’ if a breast mri, only, has been ordered. A breast mri is usually part of the treatment plan for those of us with lobular bc. In my case, there was a small bit of lobular bc in the biopsy, so I had an mri.
If the diagnosis is ductal bc, which is the most common, then a breast mri is not usually done.
The MRI I am waiting for is just of my breasts (not a full body one). I think I will end up with the choice of a lumpectomy or mastectomy but she wants to do the MRI to make sure there is nothing else there before a decisions regarding my treatment plan are made. If something else is there I guess a mastectomy will be my best option (this is what I remember from my diagnosis last Tuesday and this is because my lump is quite large).
I have to say when I go for the MRI I will ask if they can "scan the lot".
Hi Michelle, no they don't offer everyone an MRI , and I'm sure initially it's only of your breasts and not full body so isn't going to tell you anymore. I agree it would be great if we all had a full body scan at diagnosis for peace of mind but that's never going to happen!
I know all this waiting about does your head in but try and trust your team , it's normal to think it's going on a rampage around your body but honestly it doesn't work like that, hearing a lymph node may be affected is frightening but in reality it's just doing its job and mopping up what's trying to escape, we have ladies here with multiple nodes affected going strong many years on!
Hang in there, things will start moving now the bank holiday is over and you will know for sure what's happening , that helps your state of mind enormously Xx Jo