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Taking a shower with drains

What is a easy way to take a shower with the 4 drains?

posted about 16 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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If you want to do something cheap and easy, take a large ziplock baggie, poke a few holes in it for water to drain through, and a couple holes near the top to tie… read more

posted about 2 hours ago

sentinal node radioisotope injection

I'm having a lumpectomy on Tuesday. In the morning, I have to report to nuclear medicine for a radioisotope injection for the sentinel nodes. This isn't the blue dye test. My surgeon doesn't prefer blue dye unless she absolutely needs it. During surgery she has a hand held type of apparatus that can let her know what nodes have absorbed the isotope and she will dissect those nodes, about 3-4.

Has anyone had this procedure? What was your experience? Any tips?

Again, this is not… read more

tags: radioisotope

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I had it also. Not to scare you, but prepare yourself for some pain with the injection! Love and prayers to you :-)

posted about 9 hours ago

Has anyone ever experienced edema during reconstruction?

After my nipple sparing mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction, six weeks later I ended up with necrosis which required surgery and a tissue expander exchange. Prior to the exchange I had some dimpling skin (orange peel look) and a crease towards the bottom of my breast. The PS said the crease was the tissue expander folding; we didn't address the dimpling at that time. After the second surgery I again have the orange peel look on the bottom half of my… read more

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User you get in to your doctor immediately and ask for a punch biopsy! If indeed this is IBC and York gut feeling is nagging at you , I suggest you listen… read more

posted about 2 hours ago


I've been taking tamoxifen since April. In August, my period was very light. For September, I haven't had a period yet but I have symptoms that I should. I think my stomach is bloated and nausea comes and goes. Has anyone else had this happen while on tamoxifen?

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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i have been on it since april too...mine hasnt stopped but, it is sparatic...i would say it's normal but, if youre worried talk to your dr just incase :)

posted about 23 hours ago

Shooting stabbing pains

Had bilateral mastectomies 2/14. Auxiliary lymph node dissection 3/14. 21 weeks of chemo 5 1/2 weeks of radiation. I am having shooting stabbing pains in my chest ribcage and the right breast.

tags: Shooting stabbing pajns

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Hi Cindy; Even though I did not have a Mastectomy I did get them after my Lumpectomy and radiation. The doctor told me they are from scarred tissue. As time goes on it… read more

posted 1 day ago

what is your life like after surgery and treatment?

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User I had a similar situation as you... I think a few extra surgeries thrown in there for me. But, I tell you, it is rough bouncing back! Most of us feel… read more

posted 3 days ago

Anyone had a Latissimus flap surgery?

Trying to decide if I should go that route....

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I had that surgery at same time as bilateral mastectomy in 2011. Had lots of drains, and one complication wirh a hematoma on my back that was size of a soft ball. But… read more

posted 3 days ago

Any recommendations for a supportive bra for a 46C, 60 yr old, lumpectomy and -7 lymph nodes.

Used to wear an underwire but 10 months later I still can't tolerate it. Wore a nice front opening bra I got at Lane Bryant but the sports straps show under too many of my tops at the neck. Found a Playtex that has regular straps but doesn't lift me as much. Is there a bra that can do both lift and not have straps close to the neck?

posted 5 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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posted about 10 hours ago

Insurance will not cover Bilateral mastectomy

My surgeon told me that my insurance will only cover one breast being removed because they found no cancer in the other one. So I had to pay my surgeon $1,000.00 before bilateral mastectomy, which I chose to have.

Has anyone heard of this? I would think it all would be covered for preventive reasons.

posted 6 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Untrue! Insurance will pay for a double mastectomy even if cancer is in only one breast! Get you money back! Your doc is either unaware or ripping his patients off!

posted 4 days ago
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