• Can a tissue expander be left in during radiation and chemotherapy?

    Asked by nonne on Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Can a tissue expander be left in during radiation and chemotherapy?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      My saline insert (expander) was left in during radiation, but not chemotherapy.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Yes, I had mine in for both. Did expansions during chemo except for a couple months when my immunity was low. I was fully expanded by the end of chemo, prior to starting radiation. At the radiation planning session my radiation oncologist didn't think she was able to get the angles she wanted with the expander being how it was. She asked my plastic surgeon to half-way deflate the expander. I was told this is somewhat common but not always necessary. Now that radiation is complete, I am getting the expander refilled again. It's more difficult now that my tissues have been radiated but I'm managing OK with smaller fills.

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Yes, yes, yes. I had my bilat with TE at the start of my journey....fills were during chemo...actually on the same day as the 1st three chemo....then I was done....radiation followed chemo.....and TE were just as they were from the fills....waited 6 1/2 months post rads to do the exchange....

      over 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi!!.. Yes, my TE were in during chemotherapy and I was getting filled also when my counts were good. Had them in for 8 months.

      over 7 years ago
    • mom22eagles' Avatar

      I had TEs during chemo and radiation, but my plastic surgeon didn't do any fills until 2 weeks after I was done. I had my exchange surgery 1 month after.

      over 7 years ago

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