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Advice from those who've been here before.

In about two weeks, I'm having my expanders swapped for the permanent implants. I'd like recommendations for what I should buy to be ready for after surgery. (Scar creams, wraps, lotions, name brand headphones so I don't hear my own sobs!) I'm thinking ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you can think of! Lol. I'm so nervous and excited at the same time.
I really appreciate having you all :)

posted about 8 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User

Dental work caused by destruction of teeth due to chemo and radiation. How do you get medical insurance or dental to pay for this?

Dental work costs for the destruction of teeth due to chemo and radiation. How do you get medical insurance to pay? Is there help for this out there anywhere? Why don't they tell you up front this would happen before you're given chemo/radiation?

Very Unfair and costly.

Dentist threatened that if I do not have the teeth repaired I could get necrosis and have to be hospitalized for it.

tags: dental tooth decay due to chemo chemo causes tooth decay costs of dental repair needed due to chemo Asperger's teen DENTAL INSURANCE Dental Dental Health Dental Implants

posted about 19 hours ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Wow, I guess I am not the only one! I kinda figured out it was the chemo and the cocktail of medications and estrogen blocker I am taking. I am at the point of trying… read more

posted about 11 hours ago

What's the best thing to stop the hot flushes?

posted 1 day ago by A MyBCTeam User
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It helps calm with a cooling sensation greater than the cooling sensation of the water evaporating on its own. It feels great when you spray your pulse areas, wrist… read more

posted about 12 hours ago

Expanders painful after rads

I'm one month post radiation and have found my expanders to be so uncomfortable and painful. It feels as I have a rock on my chest. I already have the tamoxifen side effects to deal with and can't handle this pain as well. Is it normal and what can I do? Thanks

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I way very uncomfortable too. I finially asked my oncologist for a pain med. I only needed to use half a pill at night until I could tolerate the discomfort.

posted about 11 hours ago

Latissimus Flap surgery

I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2012 for DCIS then in 2015 I got cancer again a tumor in my chest wall. It was removed,I had 36 weeks of radiation my R implant became hard as a brick. That surgery was in Aug. then in Nov I fell asleep with a heating pad against my left one and got a third degree burn and had to have it removed. Three months later he put and expander in and opened the R one cleaned out scar tissue and put it bacl 2 weeks later the expander became infected and had to be… read more

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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@A MyBCTeam User you are a brave lady! I do not know much about the Latissimus procedure. I do hope it brings you relief from all you have been through. Xxxooo

posted 1 day ago

Any suggestions on how to help extreme itching after radiation

tags: radiation side effects

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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The lotion they give you or prescribe you will be your best friend? I am not big on carrying a purse but I did during radiation! Just so I could carry that lotion… read more

posted 1 day ago

Fluid still in breast 2 months after surg and drain removed

Has anyone else had this problem? I had my implant removed 2 months ago, and the drain removed a week after surgery. I still have a fluid pocket that has to be drained every two weeks. 100 cc's extracted every time. Will this ever stop? He tells me to wrap tight in an ace bandage. and massage. Nothing helps..looks like a man boob and creeps me out. I refuse to have another drain put in. Any suggestions?

posted 2 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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They wanted like below 30cc's before they would remove it and it was really love and he checked it , it wasn't clogged or anything.

posted about 10 hours ago

Tamoxifen

How long should these side effects last, and does it make you feel low.

tags: Joint pain tiredness

posted 3 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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Along the way to tamoxifen you have been through a pretty traumatic time. Tamoxifen does cause some mood swings. I luckily only experienced these for a while. I would… read more

posted about 21 hours ago

Insurance

I am in the donut hole. I just paid $139.00 for a month of exemestane. Anyone help in finding a cheaper way?

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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There is an app called GoodRX and I use it often for my daughter. Many times I find that her meds are cheaper using GoodRX than they are in her insurance. Just an… read more

posted 3 days ago

Hysterectomy??

My uterine lining is increasing due to tamoxofien & my Gyn. Has suggested a hysterectomy ( laparoscopic and vaginally hopefully)
Has anyone else chosen to do this so they will no longer have worri s about these issues ?
Thanks !!

posted 4 days ago by A MyBCTeam User
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I just wanted to be proactive at prevention. Personally, I don't want something else to worry about. I don't know anyone who wasn't happy about the total hysterectomy.… read more

posted about 10 hours ago
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