Thanks for the info. I visited that site and it was informative.
I guess I am just oblivious to some things about this disease, but no one ever told me that there was any problem with any reconstruction type after radiation. I guess they were saving that for my first PS visit after radiation. Well, um, I am just now making it and I am just now being told. Wish I had been told sooner and I might have considered reconstruction after the initial 6 month post radiation wait.
I hope I can help you on your breast reconstruction question. I was dx with breast cancer back in February. I just turned 58. I had surgery to remove it and the lymph nodes. When that was completed my plastic surgeon took over that operation and placed expanders in. So in other words it was 2 surgeries in one. Expanders are not the most comfortable thing in the world (thank God they are temporary). They are very uncomfortable at first, but as they are inflated they become more tolerable. Mine are fully expanded now to where I want them. However, the surgeon is on hold as I am still in chemo and then I am to go for radiation after all my chemo treatments are done. The plastic surgeon can not do the flap surgery now until all chemo and radiation treatments are completed. But I have questioned my plastic surgeon and my chemo oncologist in length if those treatments will affect the implants. They both reassure me it won't. The reason I can't have the implants during chemo and radiation is because they attack the immune system as explained to me. They don't want to risk invasive surgery and inviting infection, thus I have to wait. No big deal...I can wait.
One thing I would stress is when you seek out a plastic surgeon make sure he is state board certified. They are required to keep up the latest information and treatments in their areas of practice and must keep up on training in their fields of practice. Others are not required to do so.
My plastic surgeon (in Iowa) is state board certified and he is a gem! He is totally fantastic about answering questions and being totally upfront with me about information. If you live in Iowa or near I will be happy to pass his name along to you if you would like it. I live in Des Moines Metro area.
I wish you all the best and if I can answer any other questions please ask. May God Bless you.
Post Edited (Tiger4513) : 8/6/2008 5:21:55 PM (GMT-6)