• How long is the average wait for Chemo after a 2nd surgery to remove additional lymph nodes?

    Asked by Giraffe on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    How long is the average wait for Chemo after a 2nd surgery to remove additional lymph nodes?

    How long does a surgery need to heal before chemo can start?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      An average would probably not be a very meaning number. Some people have chemo before surgery, some don't have chemo at all. As for those that do have chemo after surgery, there is not a standard wait time. It would be based on the individual as well as the extent of surgery and the type, dose, and duration of chemo. Some could start the next day, others that have had post surgical complications (e.g. an infection), it could be several months. Since chemo is systemic, the actual wound healing from surgery is not really much of a factor.

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had my bilat before chemo and I was able to start chemo 3 weeks post surgery....

      almost 8 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I started my chemo 3 weeks after mastectomy and ancillary dissection. During that time, I had a port-a-cath inserted which is like a mini-surgery (in my mind anyway.) They started using the port within days to administer chemo.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had my surgery on Feb 3 and since I had immediate reconstruction, it took longer to heal than just a mastectomy. I had my Oncotype DX testing in March and started chemo in April, about a week after my port was implanted.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      I started chemo 4 weeks after surgery.

      almost 8 years ago

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