• Question... for those who had bilat mastectomy w/ tissue expanders. How long was it before you went back to work? How long before chemo...

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Saturday, January 26, 2013

    Question... for those who had bilat mastectomy w/ tissue expanders. How long was it before you went back to work? How long before chemo...

    started? I have a brand-new job! YIKES! My doc said "3 to 6 week" recovery. Not necesarily idicating when I can go back to work, just when I'll feel myself. Thoughts?? I am young (36)and healthy... ROAR, yup I said helathy. Thanks!

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    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I has single mastectomy with expander. Went back to work at 3 weeks but this was working from home. It took about 4 weeks before I was driving and feeling well enough to have chemo port installed. Started chemo 5 weeks after mastectomy. Yes, you can consider yourself young and healthy!

      over 3 years ago
    • Benge's Avatar

      So sorry you have breast cancer so young. I had a double mastectomy with tissue expanders as well. I went back to work about a month of surgery. I am healthy and fit also before the cancer. Don't overdo it with the expanders. I started riding the bike and stretching because I was feeling great and was very sore the next day. Just take it easy, specially after the fills for your expanders.

      over 3 years ago
    • mominmi's Avatar

      I had a bilateral mastectomy on Aug 27, port placed on Sept 20, chemo started Oct 1. Breast surgeon said 4 weeks for recovery. I continued on medical leave throughout chemo and just started back to work on Jan 23. Tissue expander/implant exchange planned April 2013...surgeon estimates one week off from work.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was told 2 1/2 - 3 weeks off for bilat.....I felt pretty good 2 1/2 weeks post bilat...Because I started chemo 3 weeks to the day of bilat with TE, I was off work for month....but one week was my spring break...If I hadn't had chemo, I would have gone back to work at 3 weeks post surgery.....

      over 3 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar


      Did you work through your chemo?

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      My bilateral w/ TE was 3 weeks ago today. A week ago my ps wouldn't even talk to me about going back to work, even from home. She said recovery is 4-6 weeks & we can talk when I'm back at 4 weeks on Fri Feb 8th, but I'm starting chemo on Tues Feb 12th. Not going to work for 1 day, start chemo & feel like XXX that week. I've been told on AC I'll feel like XXX for 3-8 days after treatment. But working from home basically until July on the days I feel up to it. I'm going stir crazy so I am looking forward to starting back to work.

      over 3 years ago

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