• Lumpectomy, sentinal node biopsy and port on Monday. Any comments or suggestions for next week?

    Asked by Nanc620 on Friday, October 19, 2012

    Lumpectomy, sentinal node biopsy and port on Monday. Any comments or suggestions for next week?

    Want to accomplish a lot of stuff between surgery and chemo...

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • JudyS's Avatar
      JudyS

      I would listen carefully to your body and let it be your guide. I'm a side sleeper and found sleeping difficult, because my left side with the lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy was sore and my right side with the port was sore. It took about a week for the soreness to start easing and each day after that it got better. You will want to have some help with the heavy jobs to begin with if family and friends are near. My advice would be to take good care of yourself and do not push too much until your body tells you it is ready. This is a time to give yourself hugs and get hugs - I'm sending hugs your ways with lots of blessings. Please let us know how you are doing.

      over 4 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar
      teddyfuzz

      Hi Nanc620. From a physical standpoint, these are all relatively easy to recover from. I had my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy on a Thursday and by Monday I was back to my normal routine. Like JudyS said, listen to your body. Pain is a great communicator and lets us know when we are pushing too much. May your surgeon have gifted hands and may you sail through your recovery. Wishing you well my friend.

      over 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar
      Loafer

      Judy's advice is right on! Listen to your body and take all the time you need to heal. Everyone is different. I had a lumpectomy on a Monday and they removed two tumors, a non-cancerous mass, and 7 sentinel nodes. I stayed home from work for a week and felt great. After returning to work, I overdid it. Had some post surgery complications (fluid buildup and infection at site). Starting chemo next week so I'm slightly ahead of you. Fortunately, we have the Tigers going to the World Series which is a great distraction! Hugs and blessings coming your way.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      You didn't mention how much chemo you are facing, but if you anticipate losing your hair, you might want to purchase a wig or two and some scarves before it happens. I thought I was prepared--but it still was a shock--yet having the wigs and scarves was reassuring to me. I also have a port and it bothered me (pulled a bit & sticks out) for about two weeks; now I hardly notice it except during chemo when I'm so thankful I got it! Good luck & keep in touch!

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Take it easy. Your mind, emotions, and body need time to heal. Listen to your body, don't overdo it, and it's better to less then regret doing more.

      over 4 years ago
    • ElsaG's Avatar
      ElsaG

      I agree with the other answers and would only add that if you can, do something special for yourself. After my surgery and before starting chemo my husband and I went away for a long weekend. It was great to enjoy before the effects of treatment start kicking in.

      over 4 years ago
    • ImStillHere's Avatar
      ImStillHere

      Try to relax, have fun, eat your favorite meals, and so on. Have someone help you to organize and clean your house so you can just let household stuff go during chemo. Stock up on books, magazines, etc. And if you are due for a routine dental cleaning, you have to get it done before chemo starts. They don't let you go to the dentist while on chemo unless it is a dire emergency.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      Practically speaking, I think you are wise to have it all done at once--wish I had. I agree with Judy, listen to your body and don't plan to do heavy lifting. I felt great after surgery but couldn't go back to work right away because of the nature of my work i.e. I am an RN and do lifting and moving a fair amount. Went back to work 1 day after port placement. Soreness is all I had with either, required Tylenol, Ibuprofen but not even that much. I have trouble sleeping but not because of pain or sorenes--worry and tons of stuff to do. Not looking forward to chemo starting this week, but my wig should be in tomorrow and my 18 year old "baby" is going to buzz my hair off in a couple weeks so I don't have to feel it come out in patches.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar
      CAL

      Practically speaking, I think you are wise to have it all done at once--wish I had. I agree with Judy, listen to your body and don't plan to do heavy lifting. I felt great after surgery but couldn't go back to work right away because of the nature of my work i.e. I am an RN and do lifting and moving a fair amount. Went back to work 1 day after port placement. Soreness is all I had with either, required Tylenol, Ibuprofen but not even that much. I have trouble sleeping but not because of pain or sorenes--worry and tons of stuff to do. Not looking forward to chemo
      starting this week, but my wig should be in tomorrow and my 18 year old "baby" is going to buzz my hair off in a couple weeks so I don't have to feel it come out in patches.

      over 4 years ago
    • Paw's Avatar
      Paw

      Hi Nanc620, I feel you should take it easy. Take one step at a time and do what you can to enjoy EVERY day of your life. I had my lumpectomy and all my lympe nodes removed in 1998 and a couple days later, went on a cruise to the Bahamas. My mom and I were roommates. She helped me wash up and dress. There was no money back guarantee and I
      couldn't find anybody to take my place. I didn't do any water activities but I had a ball. I got a port in January 1999. I had no complications after it was inserted. It was only after a few treatments of chemo that I developed a blood clot in my left arm. I was on lovenox then I started taking Coumadin.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      You got some great advice here. My under arm hurt more than than my lumpectomy area. A found keeping a small pillow under my arm was very comfortable. Also, when riding in a car, I used a small pillow to keep the seatbelt from hurting where the lumpectomy was and later where the port was placed. It really helped a lot! I had my first chemo and port placed the same day. I found I needed to rest a lot and forget doing any lifting or much of anything for several days. I never got wigs. I had hats bi
      Utah the really itched. I felt most comfortable in cheap soft flannel beanies when it was cold (even for sleeping) and bandannas when it was warmer. Get get some cute hoop earrings. They look pretty nice with bandannas & hats! I couldn't really wear makeup during chemo, but I did feel less sick when I put lipstick on. It's the little things that cheer us up sometimes. Good luck to you!

      over 4 years ago

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