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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy): Surgery was outpatient and took a few hours, but went OK. Didn't do too well with pain meds administered in recovery following surgery - extreme nausea, couldn't keep anything down. They ended up giving me something for the nausea that worked great, but it immediately knocked me out so that my husband could get me home (about 30 mins) before the next wave hit. After I slept it off, it was pretty smooth sailing from there . . .about 3 days to get back to my normal myself.

    Waiting for the pathology report to find out if it was truly DCIS (non-invasive) vs invasive and whether it was larger than expected were far worse than the physical experience of having the lumpectomy.

    Advice to others, make sure your surgeon is specializes in surgical oncology because he or she can make decisions before and during your lumpectomy that may prevent you from being cut multiple times in an attempt to get clean margins. For example, my surgeon removed the area with the cancerous ducts based on the MRI. He then shaved the cavity where the sample came from to establish a 2nd tissue margin. He dyed the outer half of the 2nd tissue sample blue at a width that is acceptable. The samples were delivered to the pathologist separately and analyzed separately.

    The pathologist found that the tumor margins from the lump itself were not clear; however, the margins in the 2nd sample that the surgeon removed during the lumpectomy were clear. The point: the surgeon's experience with cancer related surgery led him to take the 2nd sample during the initial operation. If he had not, I would have had to have a 2nd operation to get clean margins . . .which would have come with a physical, emotional and financial toll.

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