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If I opt for a Mastectomy how likely is it that they will 'catch it all' and for it not to have spread anywhere else before they operate?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 7 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    At the time of surgery, the doctors will look at your lymph nodes. If they come back positive, cancer has spread. I am 2 weeks out of having had a bilateral mastectomy. Good luck
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    • Julie Dalton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry for being late. Had a lot to think about. Your reply was a lot of help. I've been told from an Ultrasound scan that there is no 'axillary lymphadenopathy' - I'm presuming this is good ? The surgeon has said he will remove the 'sentinel' node...

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      Sorry for being late. Had a lot to think about. Your reply was a lot of help. I've been told from an Ultrasound scan that there is no 'axillary lymphadenopathy' - I'm presuming this is good ? The surgeon has said he will remove the 'sentinel' node during the mastectomy, for testing though. Can I ask what a bilateral mastectomy actually is ? Does it mean both breasts ? I am unable to have any radiation therapy so a lumpectomy is not an option. The surgeon is hoping that the mastectomy followed by some kind of tablet to do with hormones (not sure what) will be all that I need but its possible that chemo may have to be considered if the tablets aren't helping. Thanks for your reply. Sorry I've been so long in replying.

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  • M Aycock Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good chance! Let them do both- I did and I'm 3 yrs out!!
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    • Julie Dalton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. Sorry to have kept you waiting. I'm still waiting for a date for my mastectomy. Tests from the mammogram said that my other breast is 'clear'... (for now, I guess). I'm dreading this operation - more the aftermath actually. People talk of...

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      Hi. Sorry to have kept you waiting. I'm still waiting for a date for my mastectomy. Tests from the mammogram said that my other breast is 'clear'... (for now, I guess). I'm dreading this operation - more the aftermath actually. People talk of chest-drains, of tablets that will 'fight' hormones and that will make me feel really rotten to 'fight' any possible recurrences. I have so many questions! How much and for how long does ones arm hurt after the mastectomy ? I really really don't need to be incapacitated in this way as I have other 'issues', I've been told from an ultrasound scan that there is no 'axillary lymphadenopathy'' but of course NOTHING is 100%, I know that. You sound SOOO positive in your outlook - I hope one day, years from now that I'm as positive, supportive and helpful to someone else. Thanks for taking time to reply.

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  • Julie Dalton Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi. Sorry to have kept you waiting. I'm still waiting for a date for my mastectomy. Tests from the mammogram said that my other breast is 'clear'... (for now, I guess). I'm dreading this operation - more the aftermath actually. People talk of chest-drains, of tablets that will 'fight' hormones and that will make me feel really rotten to 'fight' any possible recurrences. I have so many questions! How much and for how long does ones arm hurt after the mastectomy ? I really really don't need to be incapacitated in this way as I have other 'issues', I've been told from an ultrasound scan that there is no 'axillary lymphadenopathy'' but of course NOTHING is 100%, I know that. You sound SOOO positive in your outlook - I hope one day, years from now that I'm as positive, supportive and helpful to someone else. Thanks for taking time to reply.
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