• Breast cancer after mastectomy

    Asked by laurie on Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Breast cancer after mastectomy

    I had a mastectomy and a tram flap reconstruction in December 2011. My oncologist recommends alternating mammograms and MRI's every six months for the real breast. I had the first mammogram in October and all was well. I had the MRI last week and they said there is something suspicious on the side that has the tram flap. I didn't realize that after a mastectomy there is still a chance of getting cancer on that side! I am having a mammogram and ultrasound next Friday on the tram flap breast. I am so afraid that I may still have cancer. Anyone ever been through this?

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    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      I didn't have breast cancer, but I had something light up on a pet scan. I am 2 years NED out of stage 4 melanoma. The doctors said that there are a lot of light ups for scar tissue. Try to be calm, many of us have been there. Take care!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I haven't gotten back to the reconstruction yet, but also had a scare. I had a mastectomy on the left side just over one year ago. Did Chemo, rads, and now on tamoxifen. Went for my first 3mo check since NED. Mentioned some tenderness in mastectomy side. Onc sent me for ultrasound and there was nothing, but scar tissue doesn't show in ultrasound, could in a mammo or MRI. They won't MRI that side since there is no tissue, just scarring from surgery and radiation. My plastic surgeon told me that scar tissue should be removed, so I did that last week, then he tells me it has to go to pathology. Now logically I know that I've done all treatments, on tamoxifen, etc, but I was so nervous that I couldn't sleep last week. Well it was in fact just scar tissue and I'm so happy now that I did follow up on it, but boy that waiting is tough! Be happy your medical team is on it right away for you.. it is probably just scar tissue, but good to make sure. Please let us know how it turns out. My thoughts are with you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      False alarms are pretty common with MRIs I've heard. The ultrasound should clear it up. I wish they could get you in sooner so you wouldn't spend the week worrying!

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      All this worrying and sometimes for naught and then other times you just never never know and that is what scares me. My PS said I couldn't have anymore mamaos done because he doesn't think that machine pressing on my implanted flab from the lower belly an then having it pressing against the implants is not a good idea. So what is, if not for those two tests? The cancer would never have been found in the left breast if not for the MRI. Talk about living on pins and needles. ME! UGH!!!!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      Thank you for your responses. I know the odds are in my favor that it will be nothing so I am trying to focus on that. I have surgery scheduled for the 16th for a touch up to the tram flap breast. My PS said lets assume all is well and keep the surgery scheduled. I will let you know what happens Friday!

      over 3 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar

      This is what we all live with.....always afraid that the cancer will come back. I am so sorry you are dealing with it. I'm sure all is well. The waiting is the worst. I have a question regarding your tram flap reconstruction. Are you happy with it? I had diep flap reconstruction and it failed. My only other option is tram flap. Please share any positive or negative thoughts with me.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Don't be afraid Laurie. I know easier said than done, but it could be something other than cancer, so don't fret. I think that we all fret to a degree that the fear of cancer will. I think that one we have cancer that dealing with the fear is pretty hard t ignore. Best thing to do is put it out of your mind and try to think o n the positive side of things. Stay positive and try not to let the fear get to you. Fear and stress can eat a person up and from what I have read can possibly cause your stress lever to climb and maybe even the cancer. Be positive girl and stay strong for yourself and your family. Best of luck to you.

      over 3 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Sometimes when they "something suspicious," it could only mean that the "picture" did not get taken correctly and all they want is for you to repeat the test. Be healthy!

      over 3 years ago

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