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My lumpectomy is a week from today and i didn't think to ask how long the surgery usually lasts. I'm feeling really vein but i'm feeling really insecure about how my breast will look after the surgery. I'm sure this is normal any suggestions?

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Patient about 7 years
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I had a lumpectomy and three weeks later had to have another surgery to remove more margins. My right breast is about two cups smaller than the left....but it does not bother me a lot cause I am alive. :)
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  • Jennifer Vance Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I just had mine 4 weeks ago, and it definitely is not as bad as i thought it could be. I am 27 and always loved my breasts and as a result I was really worried. Now you can't even tell with a bra on and wearing nothing the one with the lump removed just sits a little higher and is a little smaller. The lump they took was 2.4 cm and margins were clear so they took a good chunk. But I have to remember this is a testament to my strength and perseverance. Also the smurf nipple from the dye with the sentinel node biopsy was pretty funny. I also just have to remember any future boyfriend probably won't even notice :)
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Had two lumpectomies and was worried about the same. Surgeries are about an hour I think(I was asleep so not sure about that) . After all is said and done it doesn't look to bad. I may opt for reconstruction in the future but for now it's just fine. And yes perfectly normal to feel the way you do. Hugs to you my sister. .
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    100% normal . The plastic surgeon will help form it to look as normal as possible . Call and ask what the have planned . We're women we need to feel beautiful
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I had a lump removed its week 2 now. Not to sure how long it's going to take to be able to do stuff. The underarm is worse than scar on boob. I can notice a difference but I will prob think more when treatment over. I have stage 2 duck her2 positive no lmyth nodes er positive. Age 42. Treatment plan to be discussed. Not to sure about chemo yet. Fingers crossed no
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  • Karen G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    The time of surgery also depends if you are having a Sentinel Node Biopsy or not. I hope your surgery goes well and you get clear margins.
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    Survivor since 2012
    My surgeon was an oncological surgeon, but he took the time to draw on me and show what my breast would look like afterward. He also talked to me about reconstruction and how that could work. I was to have a lumpectomy on the lower part of my breast but it ended up a partial mastectomy . The results weren't bad because of location. The most important thing is clean sentinel nodes and margins so you can move on with radiation and good health. I didn't do reconstruction and my DX test made chemo unnecessary. Hope the same for you. There are so many factors that come into play. I had invasive ductal, 2.7 cm tumor-stage 2A, Er-Pr positive, her2 neg. grade one. No history except for a maternal aunt. Good luck. Jo :-D
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