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    Breast reconstruction (implant)

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      beachbum5817

      I have the same problem. At first I was told that I would not need radiation, and I was thrilled because it meant that I would have new perky breast. After the final pathology report came in, my surgeon suggested radiation. I was so disappointed. It was my choice, but I wanted to do everything I could in hopes of stopping the cancer from returning. I don't think I look too bad with a real bra on, but that is just my opinion. My family hasn't said anything different, so I am sticking with it. LOL. I didn't get a second opinion from another plastic surgeon, because I really like mine. I know that he would do something if he could. Maybe if I were younger, I would do something, but at this point I don't plan to have more surgery. I did have some fat transferred 3 months after my permanent implants were put in, and I think that did help a little. Let us know if you find something that helps. Good luck. Take care.

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      MLT

      Because of radiation, I did not try an implant. Went for prophylactic Mx on other side, then bilateral DIEP flap. Have read that many of us have tried the implant on the radiated side, only to have problems. Then some have had a flap procedure. Hope you can get some help and satisfaction. Hugs ( )

      5 days ago
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      I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. Breast tissue changes after radiation even if you haven't had a mastectomy and reconstruction. My mother had a lumpectomy and the breast that was radiated is vastly different from her other breast. I did not notice the difference in the first few years, but as time has gone on the difference between breasts has become much more visible even with a bra on. I think there is only so much a surgeon can do, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get a second opinion. I'm sure my mom could have surgery to even out the situation but she's been stage IV for nearly 10 years. She has other things to worry about and doesn't want to go through surgery and stress out her body. I opted to stay flat, but there is a big difference even with me between the radiation side and other side especially as far as movement, lymphedema, pain.

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    Hi Ejourneys, my hair regrowth mirrors yours but is growing in much slower than yours. Could you post a recent picture of your hair?

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      Hi, @gailk -- I took this shot earlier today:
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      This represents about 2 years 2 months of growth following my last chemo. My hair has also thinned considerably, probably due to anastrazole.

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      Thank you for posting a recent picture. That encourages me. My hair is so thin now and I am on anastrazole as well. The top so my head is the slowest growing and I haven't even trimmed it. My last chemo was March 2016 and my hair is only at the stage you called chemo curls.

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