My daughter had her lumpectomy and removal of her lymph nodes yesterday. She will be discharged today. However her wounds are just glued together. No dressings or anything. She lives alone with her 2 daughters aged 8 and 6. Whilst I'll stay with her for a few days obviously and the girls are with their dad for a couple of days, that can’t continue until everything is healed simply because the girls aren’t near school at their dads. She also has two cats. She is worried about the risk of infection with having no dressings but also she’s worried about the wounds reopening. And is she expected to bathe and shower with no dressing on them? Also, when she had the ultrasound etc they said the tumour was 3.5 cms, which means it had grown quite a lot from the 2cms originally. the consultant said that it was border line as to whether they did the lumpectomy or the mastectomy. Stef said she wanted the mastectomy. With such a small difference she wanted to be sure and she’d rather have the full breast removed. When she came round, they’d just done the lumpectomy. Could that mean that the tumour was smaller than they thought and isn't that a good sign? Also she had no drain in - is this usual?
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My 42 year old daughter went to the breast clinic today after being referred by the doctor becuase of a lump. She has previously had cysts which have been drained and there is no history of bc in the family, although plenty of other sorts. This time she had a mammogram and then was called back in for a different mammogram and then had an ultra sound. I was with her during the ultrasound and the radiologist said the lump didn’t seem like a cyst so they would do a biopsy and at the same time take a biopsy from under her arm (which I assume was her lymph nodes?) She is being very positive and doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about but I’m not so sure. The fact that they took a sample from under her arm worries me and the fact that the radiologist didn’t reassure her that it was probably nothing. I don’t know how to support her. I don’t want to reassure her that it’s nothing in case it is but at the same time I don’t want to worry her. I need to know, honestly please, what are the chances she has bc?
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