• Recently diagnosed.

    Asked by pressinfwd on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Recently diagnosed.

    I was diagnosed with stage 1 BC two months ago. I've been through 2 biopsies and an MRI. I decided to have a bilateral masectomy. Can anyone tell me how long from the time of diagnosis to the actual surgery? I understand it depends on the stage, but I feel like it's been so long and I'm just ready to get this surgery over with.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I don't think there is a defined time. At least not here in the US. It's just a matter of scheduling the doctor's time and the OR facility. In my situation, I was offered a surgery date less than two weeks after diagnosis.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I moved very quickly from Dx to surgery, but its not unusual to take a couple months...it just depends on a lot of things...some of which are scheduling appts.....I had help getting appts much sooner than if I was doing it on my own.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No it doesn't really depend on the stage but it does depends on your treatment plan. Are you having any other treatment such as chemo, radiation, hormone therapy, targeted therapy? What does your medical oncologist say? In my case, it was 5 months from diagnosis to bilateral mastectomy, because I had chemotherapy before surgery.

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi, I think it all differs. Mine was a few months but that was cause I was unsure what I wanted to do and nobody to really guide me. Now my sister just found out she has BC and her's is moving along real quick, but I think it was cause they knew about me and with her hearing about all mine she knew what she wanted to do. Good Luck!.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My daughter, who is a nurse, was my advocate -- she did her research and made the calls getting me into the surgeon within a matter of days and I had my surgery in about 2 weeks - the surgeon came in on a Saturday morning to do my surgery -- so it went fast for me and I was glad because I am not good at waiting. Getting the surgery behind you is major progress in your battle. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had my abnormal mammo on Dec 6, 2011, spot compression mammo and U/S on Dec 16, 2011, biopsy on Dec 30, diagnosis on January 6, 2012, breast MRI the following week and my bilateral mastectomy was on February 3, 2012. The date was pushed up from February 14, due to the surgeon's schedule. I liked that it all moved pretty fast because it gave me less time to worry.

      over 3 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      Mine moved pretty slow. Had diagnostic mammogram on March 28, had needle and sterotactic biopsy on April 3rd. Saw my surgical oncologist and first surgery was scheduled for May 17--lumpectomy. Margins not clean and two node involvement and second surgery (bilateral mastectomy) not until June 14 and chemo did not start until Sept. 6, 2012. So to me it moved very slow but to me everything about cancer is slow. Finished chemo on November 8th and saw Plastic Surgeon on 11/28 and surgery is scheduled for February 15th, 2013. By the time I get the final implants and I have enough hair to not wear a wig it will have all been over a year. However, that said, I had a great team, was not sick during chemo and met the most amazing people both on this site and everywhere. It has been a humbling time and time to learn patience which I never had. God has blessed me many times over during this journey. Do not get down about the slowness everything comes in its own time!

      over 3 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I had a routine mammogram on 9/27/11, biopsies followed that, and my mastectomy was on 11/29/11...two months after the tumor was first spotted. My surgeon had a scheduled vacation and then we had to coordinate the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon schedules. The professionals weren't overly concerned about it. Waiting (for me) was difficult because when I knew cancer was in there, I just wanted it out. My cancer wasn't staged until after the bi-lateral mastectomy, Stage I. No lymph node involvement, thankfully. Good luck as you move forward.

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I know exactly how you feel. I had 3 biopsies and an MRI also. I had a mastectomy of the right breast. it was exactly 2 months from diagnosis to surgery. It seems like eternity when you are waiting. After surgery though, the pace seemed to pick up. I had 4 rounds of chemo and 28 days of radiation. I'm finishing up with breast reconstruction on February 14. It's been almost a full year! Best of luck to you. Praying all goes well:)

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      For me at Stage II B, my surgery was about a month and a week after diagnosis. You should speak to your breast surgeon or nurse navigator and tell them you want to schedule surgery. They will give you the next available date. Doesn't matter the stage at this point, it is something that needs action and you want the action to happen. Also, if you haven't met with a plastic surgeon and you want reconstruction, I'd do that right away because both the breast surg and reconstruction surgeon will need to work together.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      You're in Canada, so I guess it depends on the priority list. You won't progress lightning fast. Do you know your stage I because you had a lumpectomy? I know cancer is a scary thing, but the survival outcomes are the same whether you get a mastectomy or lumpectomy. If you're offered chemo take it. But why do a drastic surgery you don't need....

      over 3 years ago

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