• multiple surgeries

    Asked by joyboo on Friday, October 26, 2012

    multiple surgeries

    I have been given the option of having a hysterectomy done at the same time if they only have to do a lumpectomy or a single mastectomy. Has anyone else done this?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I only had a lumpectomy, so i can't give you any info on multiple surgeries. I would not make any decision about a hysterectomy until you get the results of your genetic testing. I would also recommend a 2nd opinion - I always recommend a 2nd opinion, I've had them every step of my cancer journey. having another pair of eyes look at the information is always helpful, I felt a lot more comfortable with my treatment plan(s) after my 2nd opinion doctors gave them a a green light. My breast oncologist was very excited about some genetic testing and creating targeted treatment info I got from my 2nd opinion he called the lab and they are now decoding both my cancer trying to figure out what mutations they contain and what more nuanced treatments are available. What ever you decide to do, hugs, prayers and healing vibes.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Having a hysterectomy when you have breast cancer usually has nothing to do with genetics and everything to do with the breast cancer being ER positive. Drugs use to block or reduce estrogen elevates the risk of uterine cancer. For women who are pre-menopause, a hysterectomy reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence because it reduces the production of estrogen.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I had a lumpectomy at the same time as my hysterectomy... Worked grreat... One stay in the hospital. I had mine done almost 25 years ago. I had a lump they were watching in my right breast, then my pap test said cancer... cone biopsies said cancer. So they did both. They refused to take my ovaries as I was 45 and too young to lose them... When they checked all they'd removed.... no sign of cancer.... But at least no more periods.... ALSO the lumpectomry was not cancer either... I'm here because at 62 I had Stage IV OvarianCancer... I thank God for I'm also cancer free for almost 7 years.

      over 8 years ago
    • twarne48's Avatar

      Be careful, my wife just had a mastectomy and the Dr. was pushing for her to go ahead an have a double mastectomy. My wife refused the double because of the recovery time but then found out if she would have had a double, she would have to pay for it without any help. The insurance and funds do not cover unnecessary procedures.

      over 8 years ago
    • bethmac3s' Avatar

      I had my implants placed and a Davinci Hysterectomy at the same time! It was great!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      twarne, I think you have been given some bad information. Firstly, the recovery time for a bilateral mastectomy is not any longer than for a single, assuming both breasts are removed at the same time. Secondly, the Federal Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires that any insurance company that provides coverage for breast cancer must also provide the same coverage for prophylactic mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

      I had a bilateral mastectomy earlier this year. The removal of the non-cancerous breast was not medically necessary, but I opted for it because I wanted the symmetry. Recovery time was much less for the removal of the noncancerous breast because it required a much smaller scar and no radiation. All expenses for my bilateral mastectomy, including a pre and post surgery follow up were covered in full by my insurance.

      over 8 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      First off, get a second and even a third unrelated opinion before agreeing to give up anything. These are your parts and not replaceable. They have been deemed as necessary by the Designer of the Universe.

      The more serious the insult, the longer and more difficult the recovery time.

      Best wishes for recovered good health.

      over 8 years ago

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