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    Shock asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Triple negative breast cancer stage 1

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    • Carol1286's Avatar
      Carol1286

      I did a lot of research during my five and a half months of aggressive chemo. In the end, I went with a mastectomy with reconstruction. It was the best decision for me.

      3 months ago
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      sharches

      I have triple negative bread cancer. I had a lumpectomy 5 years ago. My boobs look loped sided. Two weeks ago I found out my cancer returned. My body won’t tolerate any more chemo or radiation
      Now I have no choice but to do the mastectomy. I wish I had done this before so I would not have to go through this again. Cancer doesn’t give up

      3 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      sharches, I am so sorry about the return of your cancer. What you are experiencing is my darkest nightmare; my heart goes out to you.

      Our doctors give provide us with information about the statistical probability that early stage cancer will recur with lumpectomy versus mastectomy. That's the best they can do. Non recurrence isn't guaranteed by mastectomy either. Even though most breast tissue is removed, there is always some remaining. And, with TNBC, there are no guarantees at all, given the current state of the science.

      If it's any comfort to you, if you're going to recur, a local or regional recurrence believed to be much better than a distant recurrence. I hope your mastectomy gets rid of the all of the cancer for once and for all.

      My heartfelt best to you.

      3 months ago
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    What questions should I ask

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      cllinda

      What kind of cancer is this? How is it treated? Do I need chemo and radiation? What kind of chemo will it be? Insurance questions. How much will each treatment be?
      Will it be a lumpectomy or a mastectomy? Which do you recommend? Why? Is it outpatient surgery? Lumpectomy surgery is usually outpatient. What chance do I have for a second lumpectomy if you don't get clean margins? I was told it was a 25% chance and I did have a second surgery.
      What will be limited while I recover? How soon can I exercise?
      There are so many questions when starting breast cancer. I'm sure more people will add to my list.
      Bring someone with you to appointments because it can be overwhelming. I brought my daughter with and she took notes. My chemo doc even spelled out medical words for us so we could look them up at home. Hugs.

      3 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Usually doctors first explain what he or she wants you to know about what he plans to do, and then you ask questions about what you don't understand or have questions about. If your next step is surgery, be sure you understand about recuperation----whether you need someone with you and for how long, plus how long to be off from work.

      Remember the doctor will know more about the cancer and its treatment after the pathology report after the surgery, because they can't tell how far it's spread from a biopsy. Best wishes.

      3 months ago
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    Shock asked a questionBreast Cancer

    What questions should I ask

    • Suzy-q's Avatar
      Suzy-q

      Anything and everything to comes to mind! Write it all down

      3 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Are you having a lumpectomy or a mastectomy?
      Will there be drains?
      If so, ask about the proper way to care for the drains.
      Ask about the proper way to change the dressing.
      Ask when you can bathe.
      Are you interested in reconstruction? If so, ask about those options.

      Write down the answers because there will be a lot of info and that will help to keep things straight.

      There are others on this site that have created lists of questions. Hopefully, they will see your question and respond.

      Good luck to you!

      3 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Ask about restrictions on movement and lifting.

      3 months ago