• I have been diagnosed with multifocal DCIS and had a lumpectomy done and now my doctor recommends a mastectomy instead of radiation.

    Asked by trimaldo on Monday, May 4, 2015

    I have been diagnosed with multifocal DCIS and had a lumpectomy done and now my doctor recommends a mastectomy instead of radiation.

    I'm leaning towards the mastectomy just for the piece of mind , what is the recovery time for a simple mastectomy ,how long of a hospital stay ?

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    • motraveler's Avatar
      motraveler

      Hospital stay was one night. I am at 7 to 8 weeks. Dealing with lymphedemma. Surgically it is probably one on the easier surgeris, if they do snentinal on lobe biopsi, amy removal of lymph nodes that is the most painful part. Prayers and good thoughts for you.

      about 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Having just had a surgery to remove a cyst/lump/tumor I'd first ask the physician why he wanted the remainder of my breast?

      That's just me. I find breast tissue quite inoffensive.

      Best wishes.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I had bilat mastectomy (modified radical and simple on the prophy side) with axillary dissection and expanders...I stayed 2 nights in the hospital...by 2 1/2 weeks post surgery I was feeling pretty good and if it wasn't that I was starting chemo, I could have gone back to work...The first few days were the hardest but by a week post surgery I started to feel better..

      about 4 years ago
    • Sharlie's Avatar
      Sharlie

      My BiMx was 3 weeks ago. I stayed on night in hospital then a few nights with my daughter, as I live alone. I was chomping at the bit to get back to my place and have done quite well. How long ago was the lumpectomy? Just curious why your doctor is changing things up on you now? I opted for my BiMx rather than go the radiation route. All the best and sending you positive thoughts.

      about 4 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar
      nonnie917

      If I were you I would be asking the doctor why he wants to do a mastectomy. You have a right to know what is going on and why he made that decision. You should ask him if the margins were clean and if not why he waited to make the decision to do the mastectomy. Get some answers from him or get a second opinion. That can also help you out. It could be that radiation will not make a difference to what is going on with your breast. Pin him down for some answers.s Good luck.

      about 4 years ago

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