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Recovery with tissue expanders?

Ok so I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate placement of tissue expanders (TE) on 1/11 (~6 weeks ago). The one breast had some dead tissue that I had to go in and get removed two weeks later---stitches for that came out 10 days ago and it seems to be healing.

Plastic surgeon said I could start jogging again, doing light activities but to make sure I wear a very supportive sports bra to keep my TEs in
Place, especially the one that had the revision.

I was super happy to hear… read more

posted about 6 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Hello, my PS had me wait 6 weeks before I was able to work out again. I wear a zipper front bra I found at dicks sporting goods. I only wear a bra when working out. I… read more

posted 29 minutes ago

I need honest opinions. I will be undergoing a bilateral mastectomy. reconstruction or not? What's been good and bad for you with yours

posted about 7 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I think it depends how much you value having some shape when braless. I wanted something, but much smaller. I am (or was) an ultra runner and had a lot of shoulder… read more

posted about 5 hours ago

Can radiation affect my blood glucose levels?

I am type 2 diabetic and my blood sugar has been higher than ever since I started radiation treatments.

tags: radiation diabetes blood glucose

posted about 16 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

Can lymphedema affect feet?

I have lymphedema in my left arm and hand. The other day I was shopping for some shoes and noticed while trying different ones on that my left foot was swollen. I have never had my foot swell and was wondering if the lymphedema can affect other limbs?

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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You can get Lymohedemia in any part of your body but with breast cancer it is usually in your arms. I would call your doctor just to get it checked out. Many years ago… read more

posted 1 day ago

Has anyone experienced high prices with Xeloda and Tykerb?

My oncologist wants to move my treatment to Xeloda and Tykerb. I am stage 4 and nothing to this point has really worked. So she wants to try these drugs. My insurance company (AARP United Healthcare) told me Xeloda is not covered and would cost me around $8000 per month. Tykerb is covered but is an additional $2000 per month. Is anyone on these drugs and how are you paying for them? Any help would be appreciated.

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posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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posted 2 days ago

Has anyone experienced high prices with Xeloda and Tykerb?

My oncologist wants to move my treatment to Xeloda and Tykerb. I am stage 4 and nothing to this point has really worked. So she wants to try these drugs. My insurance company AARP (United Healthcare) told me Xeloda is not covered and would cost me around $8000 per month. Tykerb is covered but is an additional $2000 per month. Is anyone on these drugs and how are you paying for them? Any help would be appreciated.

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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There is help with paying for Xeloda. Your Oncologist office should help you get signed up for assistance.

posted 2 days ago

What has helped with lymphedema in the arms any remedies

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Thank you for your feedback it's very helpful. Am just dealing with the side effects of surgery and it's very difficult. Please let us know the outcome of your… read more

posted 2 days ago

Nipple tattoos

Has anyone done either the regular or the 3D tattoo's. Did it change how you felt about how you looked, etc.? I would like it done and think it would help when i glance in the mirror before a shower etc to not see my barbie boob mound and instantly be reminded of what i've been through. Thoughts anyone???

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I recently had my tattooing done and I can say yes it has made a world of difference. I also had the nipple reconstruction done. The way my surgeon explained it is… read more

posted 1 day ago

Who has been be able to work during Herceptin Treatment?

During my treatment with Docetaxel, carboplatin and trastuzumab Im unable to go to my job. I would like to know if when I finish with docetaxel and carboplatin, and only continue with Herceptin, will be able to work?

posted 6 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I went straight to work after my weekly rounds of Taxol and Herceptin. When I got to Herceptin only, definitely no issues going to work. My oncologist was right in… read more

posted 5 days ago

What are good supplements for arthritis or bone health ?

posted 6 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User - I have found them at my Sprouts grocery market. My brother in New Mexico found them for me at a nutrition or vitamin store I think he said GNC.… read more

posted 4 days ago
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