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Sep 29, 2018 · ATM Gene Mutation and Care in Breast Cancer

Marciski, I will be thinking of you. Keep me informed of how things go for you. Prayers for a successful surgery and a quick and full recovery. Hugs to you.

Sep 20, 2018 · ATM Gene Mutation and Care in Breast Cancer

I did choose a bilateral masectomy. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in the left breast.
I feel if you have had several scares you should listen to your gut. Remove the right breast if that is what you are feeling is right.
My gut ( or my guardian angel 😊) told me to do bilateral mastectomy.
I ended up having a second cancer, invasive lobular carcinoma , in the right breast. It was caught extremely early.
I did have breast reconstruction. I have been so pleased with my plastic surgeon at mayo. His name is Dr Manrique. (Actually i have been pleased with my entire team at Mayo Clinic) My surgeon was Dr Racz. She is an amazing surgeon!
Hugs to you.
No decision is ever easy.

Sep 20, 2018 · Preparing for Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer

I recently attended an excellent nutrition and wellness class. The speaker told us how important sleep is to the healing process. Most of our healing occurs in the later sleep stage (I think it was – 4th stage sleep?) . He talked about wearing a sleep mask on your eyes to block any light. No computer or tv before bed. No caffeine 6-8 hours before bed. Set a bedtime routine. Turn off the sound on your cell phone.

Hugs! I hope all goes well for you.

Jul 21, 2018 · Mastectomy and Reconstruction (or not) in Breast Cancer

My breast cancer was invasive ductal in the left breast. I chose double mastectomy with reconstruction with expanding implants. An MRI showed an area in the right breast they wanted to check prior to surgery. However I decided I had chosen double mastectomy and did not do additional testing. Blessed be to god I chose the double mastectomy. A second cancer (invasive lobular) was found in the right breast. Borders were wide and lymph nodes clear. No chemo or radiation needed. 6 months after surgery I had my second surgery to replace the expanding implants with regular implants. I am very pleased with the results. I have a possible final surgery where Oscar Manrique (my plastic surgeon) may perform liposuction to add my own fat around the implants (to add fullness). I did NOT do nipple saving. I believe 10-15 percent become necrotic. I chose NoT to take the chance of losing the reconstruction due to a possible nipple saving. I will be getting tattoos in the future. I feel blessed to have done my surgery at mayo. My surgeon, the nurses the care team and my plastic surgeon have been beyond wonderful!! My reconstruction simply looks like a breast lift would look (minus the nipples). I will be praying for you. So many decisions to make. Hugs.

Jan 28, 2018 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I have just been prescribed this medicine. I understand one of the side effects can be bone loss. Just wondered what other people are doing or using to help with this problem.

Jan 25, 2018 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Did your doctor put you on a bone building drug?