• How long is the average wait for surgery (double masectomy) after chemo is finished?

    Asked by cris on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    How long is the average wait for surgery (double masectomy) after chemo is finished?

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      I had my bilateral mastectomy before chemo and it was less than a month from my diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 IDC on January 6 and had my surgery on Feb 3. I had my Oncotype DX testing in March and started chemo in April. Everyone's situation is different but they usually want to start sooner rather than later.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My oncologist wanted to wait for about 3 weeks after my last chemo treatment to allow it enough time to be fully effective. My last chemo was Mar. 21 and my bilateral mastectomy was on Apr. 10.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Part of chemo isd intended to reduce the effectiveness of the imune system so that the other drugs can kill the cancer. Thus surgeons often want patients to be off chemo for a period of time so that the imune system can recover and be better able to fight infection (the #1 canse of problems with surgery). In my case I havwe always had to wait about 6 weeks but it depends on the chemo and the surgeon.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I had my surgery (bilat) before chemo....started chemo 3 weeks post surgery.....

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar
      Nomadicme

      4weeks for me, and showing a good WBC and RBc counts.

      over 4 years ago
    • jang's Avatar
      jang

      My last chemo was August 29 and double masectomy September 26th So about a month

      over 4 years ago

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