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anonymous avatar Carenity Member • Community manager
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Good advisor

Surgery is an important part of the treatment which can change the course of illness and determine the next steps.

What were your next steps after you had surgery? Were you well-informed before the surgery about the consequencies, the check-ups and the procedures to do afterwards?

Thanks in advance for your stories!

Beginning of the discussion - 11/23/16

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Hi,

I had a mastectomy in April, everything went well. I was well informed by the staff about possible complications, but fortunately there were none. Radiotherapy started one month later.

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Hi All, 

I am post surgery 10 days. I had a mastectomy immediate reconstruction with diep flap. So glad it's all over, now recovering. It was a big operation. Quite a lot of swelling on breast but in all I'm healing well. I'm finding it hard sleeping in my back.

Sending out positivity and love to you all.

Xx?

After the surgery
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anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

I had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction using strattice and iimplant 6 months ago and am still adjusting to my new body. I was well informed at the time but felt a little isolated and was unsure what to expect recovery wise. Xx

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Hello Jacks52,

I know you you can feel very isolated. But The worst is over. Anytime you need to chat inbox me. It can only get only better ?????

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

I had a mastectomy in April 2012, I think I was extremely unlucky to get a surgeon who although very skilful at his job was totally lacking in interpersonal skills! Giving information wasn't high on his list of priorities so I became an avid reader and researcher. It can all be overwhelming and isolating at times, however I believe knowledge is power and I like to feel in control. Since the original surgery I've had 2 more procedures to complete a reconstruction. The plastic surgeon was a lovely man and discussed all aspects of the treatment before, during and after, he made me feel secure and confident and now I'm delighted with the results. Although it probably took about 18 months for the reconstruction to completely settle.

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

Hi all I had a lumpectomy & lympnode taken... now awaiting my chemo tues? Not looking forward to going into the unknown.. will I be ill won't I? 3 children it's very stressful not knowing ?

After the surgery
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anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

Hi 

I had lumpectomy in November.Afrer 4 weeks start 6 treatment of chemotherapy.Was hard?.Now I start radiotherapy - 4 weeks - 20 treatment.

After the surgery
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anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

Hi micmic

How ill or not you are with chemo, hugely depends on the drug or combination of drugs that you are going to take and everyone is different in how they are affected. The advertising by a certain cancer charity that shows all cancer patients as pale sickly ghosts constantly exhausted and nauseous is enormously unhelpful and totally misleading and creates a feeling of panic and fear. Not all cancer drugs will make you sick, not all will make your hair fall out, also not all cancer drugs are administered intravenously. Your oncologist should explain it all to you and if they don't demand answers the more you know the more prepared you can be.

With the combination of drugs that I took when I first arrived at the ward they gave me paracetamol because the drugs can cause joint pain, an anti-histamine because some people can suffer allergic reactions and steroids, which I refused to take because I believed then and still believe steroids can have worse side effects and cause more potential lasting damage than chemo does. I also elected to take one of my drugs in tablet form so I could control the time of day I took it which helped control the sickness, that may not be an option for you. One thing I did find helpful for the sickness was tonic water, must be the quinine but in any event I always had some on hand and I found it worked for me.

Good luck for Tuesday, hope it all goes well xx

After the surgery

anonymous avatar Carenity Member
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Good advisor

Thankyou .. you sound like you know your stuff.  I'm going in Monday for a visit so maybe they will tell me more then? & I can ask more about everything. I do know I've to wear the cold cap which sounds torture but my friend had it & she said it was ok & persevered with it. So fingers crossed. 

Thanks 

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