• DCIS diagnosis and treatment experiences

    Asked by sjr1087 on Thursday, April 25, 2019

    DCIS diagnosis and treatment experiences

    I was diagnosed with DCIS in spring 2018, I did not follow up on it until spring 2019 and am scheduled for a lumpectomy and most likely radiation. Looking for any feedback on how long healing process is, if I will be able to return to work within a few days after procedure as it out patient and experiences with radiation. Thanks!

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    • Kp2018's Avatar

      I'm so glad that you're addressing this. Even though DCIS is not often identified as an "official" cancer, it can become invasive. Mine started as DCIS and turned into IDC.

      Now, to your questions. Lumpectomy was a breeze for me. I could have easily returned to work the next day. It healed fine. There was a little soreness for awhile, but nothing I couldn't readily ignore.

      As for radiation, it too was easy. Each treatment took just a few minutes. The biggest time consumer was getting to and from the radiation treatment center each day. The center accommodated working patients' schedules by reserving early morning appointments for them.

      I did experience some fatigue toward the end of the series of radiation sessions, but it didn't hit until later in the day. I would have been able to work throughout the series with no difficulty. I did go to bed earlier each night.

      My best to you in your treatments.

      5 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      sjr1087, I had two lumpectomies and radiation and agree with Kp2018 that it's relatively easy compared to others having more advanced diagnoses. I returned to work a week after lumpectomies, but I didn't work during radiation.

      I am concerned that you didn't ask your doctor those questions, because it's important to be able to communicate with your oncologist regarding symptoms of side effects and future recurrences. You can expect to have a reaction to radiation about half way through that will be similar to a sunburn, but the severity varies with each person. You will need your doctor to advise you what medicine to use, and I recommend you plan to go bra-less as much as possible to prevent rubbing the burned area that might cause blistering. I only blistered under the breast where my bra was most snug. Best wishes.

      5 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      My experience was similar to what was said here, though I needed some chemo, too. My therapist at that time thought I was even nuttier than she’d always considered me to be when I told her my partner and I went to Zabar’s after my lumpectomy. At that time, Zabar’s was my Tiffany’s.

      The main problem with lumpectomies is that one-third of them end up needing a re-excision because the margins aren’t clear of cancer cells. I needed one re-excision after my lumpectomy. Fortunately, the margins were then clear. Wishing you all the best -

      5 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      When is your surgery?

      I had a lumpectomy, re-excision and then radiation. I returned to work a week after the lumpectomy and the re-excision. I worked during radiation. I would get a little tired during radiation and would doze off briefly after dinner but it was no big deal.

      Good luck! Let us know how you're doing.

      4 months ago

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