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Tue, Mar 12 10:27pm · What Is, Or Was, Your Chemo Plan? in Breast Cancer

I just got my chemo plan yesterday. I start next week. Adriamycin and Cytoxin (red devil) every two weeks for 8 weeks (4 treatments) and then Taxol every two weeks for 4 treatments. A total of 16 weeks. Does that seem about average?

Fri, Feb 15 8:57am · Who Else Has Decided NOT To Have Implants or Reconstructive Surgery? in Breast Cancer

I had a left breast mastectomy and will be having the right done after chemo and radiation. So I have time to decide. My surgeon left plenty of skin in case I decide that I want reconstruction. But I’m not sure that I do. I may just have the right one taken off and the excess skin on the left removed. I think I would be fine with being ‘flat’ and just wearing bras with prosthesis in them. I like to sleep on my stomach and I’m not sure how implants would work with that. Also, my husband and I have been married 30 years and he is leaving the decision up to me (he doesn’t care either way). But I’m curious to hear your experiences. Thank you

Thu, Feb 14 10:10am · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

They had to drain mine at my new oncologist. They might have to put them back in. Noooo!

Sun, Feb 10 8:25pm · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

Update-the reason my drain sites were so painful was that I had a massive infection, which my surgeon DID NOT notice. By Friday morning I was lethargic and basically unresponsive, my husband called the ambulance and they took me to Strong Memorial U of R Wilmot Cancer Center where three days of strong IV antibiotics brought me around. I have fallen through the cracks at Roswell Park Cancer Institute too many times and I will be doing my remaining cancer care with Wilmot

Thu, Feb 7 8:52pm · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

They were able to fit me in today, one day early! My stitches were ripping out and so painful. The Dr taking those drains out was such a relief. I couldn’t believe how long they were! Now on to healing, then chemo and radiation. Thank you everyone and all the best

Wed, Feb 6 7:10pm · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

My husband discovered the reason for the pain-my stitches are pulling away from the drain site! I called Roswell and they can’t do anything. I have to call back tomorrow at 8. I asked if I could go to a local ER and have them taken out and Roswell said no, they wouldn’t approve that! Wth 🙁

Wed, Feb 6 11:10am · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

Thank you for your replies. I actually had to take half a hydrocodone last night (the first I’ve had to take since my surgery!). I keep telling myself, just two more days until Friday. It’s just so sore and tender. Ugh.

Sun, Feb 3 9:31am · How Long Did You Have Your Drains in After Mastectomy? in Breast Cancer

I had a left side mastectomy with all lymph nodes removed on Wednesday January 23rd. I don’t get my drains removed until Friday February 8th. Honestly the mastectomy was a breeze but the drains are so annoying! They stick out of my side at a weird angle and are still very tender although not infected at all. I just think it’s a long time to have them. What is your experience? 18 days seems a little much