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Oct 22, 2017 · What can I expect having a Mastectomy of left breast in Breast Cancer

I had a right skin sparing mastectomy of the right breast with immediate placement of an expander for reconstruction in 2013. I had never had a major surgery before and was worried about the cancer, but also about being put under anesthesia, how I would handle the pain, and so many other things. I want to reassure you that the staff at Mayo were amazing in the way they informed and supported me though the whole process. Do not be afraid to ask questions or tell them about your concerns. I am still supported by the fantastic staff at the Breast Center and they feel like friends. Another thing I wish I would have known in those early days: right now all you can think about is the cancer, and how afraid you are. This does not last, and you will be able to forget about it for longer and longer periods as time goes on. I wish you the very best in your journey