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    Canto asked a questionBreast Cancer

    CHEK 2 and reoccurance of another breast cancer

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      What do you mean by "CHEK 2"? We are happy to help with whatever you are having trouble with.

      almost 2 years ago
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    Canto asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Reconstruction

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      debsweb18

      I'm not quite 3 months from surgery. I thought I would be out of work for 2 weeks and ended up being out for 5 weeks then worked 5 hrs/day for 4 weeks. Range of motion has been the most difficult for me. I've been going to PT which has really helped. The discomfort ebbs and flows. One minute I feel perfectly normal. The next minute my back feels like it has a styrofoam piece attached to it. My doctor said it would take 6 months for my brain to get used to the idea that body parts should be where they are now and ignore the numbness.

      When I look back I realized there's been a lot of improvement. This was my 7th surgery over the last 3 years and this was the most difficult. I originally had an immediate implant during my mastectomy but had radiation afterwards. It's a long story, however my lat flap was kind of a start over procedure with a new surgeon.

      In spite of how difficult it was, I'm so happy I had it done! The best thing is that my breast is a much better shape, I have cleavage and I will be able to get a nipple put in right place (part of the long story :)

      Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
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      If you have other options, don't go with the dorsi flap. The most current method is DIEP which uses stomach fat and skin only, and does not effect the muscle. I had expander and it failed, then did DIEP. Tough recovery, but I'm very happy now 8 months after surgery. But, this surgery leaves no permanent muscle issues since it does not cut or move muscle. Look into this and ask questions. See if you are a candidate for DIEP. I had so much radiation on that side that we were concerned that DIEP would take, but my surgeon is a miracle worker and it did. The worst part was healing the tummy area, but I know have a very flat tummy. At 59 my body is that of a 30 yr old! Scary but worth it to be put back together again. I never would do this stuff if I didn't need to but to have a side effect of being tucked and perky again is the best repayment for going through this in the first place! Wishing you well.

      over 3 years ago