I remember that numb feeling, it does go in time as the nerves a knit together. I used to find it weird that I would only know I was putting deoderant on that side as I had it in my hand, I could not feel it actually going on.
I am post menopausal. I was put on tamo because I have osteoporosis of the spine and my oncologist changed from putting me on letrozole to tamo as it is kinder on the bone density. I am going to be on it for 10 years in total.
there is info on this site re Grades and Stages - here is a link. https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/facing-breast-cancer/diagnosed-breast-cancer... (and further links to grades). I didn'tknow the difference between stage and grade a the start- it's like learning a new language. Hope your recovery progresses well. X
to be honest I have not got a clue either I just trusted my consultant as they are the experts, my hospital said they do not do staging only grading.
I have been ok, recently had a hysterectomy as I had a very small bleed and I am post menopausal. The lining of my womb had become thick and for other medical reasons it was recommended that I have the lot taken away, I am now nearly 5 weeks post op and not doing too badly apart from going stir crazy, hopefully I will be able to go back to work in another 2/3 weeks.
I have not had many side effects, I have a big hot flush about an hour after I take my tablet in the morning and apart from some occasional cramping in my leg at night a a few other little flushes during the evening it has been ok. I think the thought of taking it was worse than the actual and I spent a week looking at the packet before I plucked up the courage to take it.
If you are going to be taking tamoxifen you need to get a medical exemption certificate from your GP fill it in and give it back to the receptionist, you will then get a card through the post which means that you will not have to pay for any prescriptions for the length of time you are on it and that includes any prescriptions that you are given regardless of whether they are in relation to your bc or not.
I am 2 years since my op which I had in October 2016 and finished rads in January 2017. I have been on tamoxifen for two years now and am on that for 10 years. My bc was tubular, a rare one, 17mm and grade 1. It was found as a result of a routine 3 yearly mammogram so I was lucky as it was caught early.
No problems and glad to be of some help.
I would not imagine that she will be given the results or that she will be able to tell you over the phone, I would imagine it will be your consultant who will have them, however you bcn should be in the apt with them and she can go through everything with you afterwards, the consultant tend to put things in medical terms which she will be able to explain.
Hello and welcome to the forum. Good to hear that you are doing well after your surgery.
With regard to your steristrips, you could give your breast care nurse a call on Monday and check with her to see what she says, I would be inclined to leave them alone at the moment until you get advice.
I know when I started my radiotherapy it was about 5 weeks after my surgery. If you are only having rads you will get an appointment from your oncologist who will go through things with you, will check how you wound is to make sure that it is healed sufficiently for you to start rads. You should then receive an apt date for your planning session, which I had about two weeks after seeing my oncologist and then I started rads about 3 weeks after that.
It might be an idea to write down all the questions you have so that you can get answers to them when you see your surgeon on Thursday or ask your bcn when you call her on Monday, they will be very happy to go through them with you so that you can be reassured.