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Brnadebt
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   Posted 10/19/2005 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
 
When I had my lumpectomy my bra still fit good but now after all of the swelling has gone I have one breast that is quite a bit smaller. My tumor was over 1 1/2 inches long and the same in width so it was pretty good size. I was a d cup on both sides but now I would say Iam a small c on right side. Is there a prostetic that I can get or special bras designed for this?  My right breast looks like it has a canyon in it, part of it is just gone. Have any of you dealt with this problem. Oh by the way I finished my AC and start Taxol next Tuesday 8 more weeks and then my hair can start growing again.
Hugs:)
Bernadette


chantry31
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   Posted 10/19/2005 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow..you got through your AC in no time! Unfortunately, my treatments are 3 weeks apart...so it'll take longer. Good luck with the Taxol - please post as to how it's different from the AC for you. I'm very interested in knowing if its easier/harder. I do actually have a response to your original question..its just taking me a while to get to it....
In my local newspaper this weekend there was an article about a company called "titbits" which makes knitted breasts. They are supposed to be very comfortable and lightweight. I dont know if they would be able to help you,as they are designed for mastectomy patients, but they have a website... www.titbits.ca . Hope it helps.

BTW, do you still have to get the nuepogen shot for taxol?

Hope things are going well,
chantry
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Tavish
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   Posted 10/19/2005 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to my world! I was a little lopsided before, and unfortunately it was my smaller breast that had the lumpectomy...and a re-excision to take another hunk out. I am an A and a B or so.....I have just tried on a lot of different bras till I find one that can accommodate both sizes. It tends to be a little too small for the larger side. I have found one recently that is pretty thick with padding and holds the shape, so it does not matter that the small boob does not fill it up. It is a challenge, no doubt. I know there are things they make to even out after a lumpectomy, but I have not ever used one. I just make it work, and if I am uneven, so be it. I can hide it pretty well in my clothes.

You may want to check a place that does mastectomy fittings and has special bras and stuff...they are likely to have something to help....

Lori


grammy
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   Posted 10/19/2005 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette,
I also had a lumpectomy and now have two different size breast. I found some sports bras that are made like a regular bra ( not the pull over ones ) and the sports bra just squishs the bigger breast. This has worked very well for me. They even have them in different colors. Not real sexy but it works.
I am seeing a plastic surgeon early in Nov. to see about having the larger breast reduced.
Wow I can't believe you are done with the a/c it seems like I just read that you were starting. Did you do 4 a/c?I did 4 a/c and 4 taxol. The taxol went well for me alot of joint pain but meds took care of that. I found it to be easier then a/c. I had problems with my crohns with both treatments but the treatments were not as bad as the a/c.
I wish you the best and pray for taxol to be kind to you.
Donna

tking
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   Posted 10/19/2005 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I had my second mastectomy and removal of first implant, I was lopsided.  I ordered a prosthetic from Jodee - it's inexpensive (about $100) and is advertised as a shell for lumpectomy patients.  It filled out the smaller size so that my bras fit well and I looked even.

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

(NIV)


Brnadebt
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   Posted 10/20/2005 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone

Thanks for all of the suggestions and help. I really hate the way my breasts look now, at first they looked the same but now my right one is deformed. I will have to try some of the options you have suggested.

Chantry
no I wont need the Nuelasta or Neupogen shots with the Taxol. I will keep you posted as to how different the Taxol is. I have my first one on Tuesday. Everyone says it is easier I hope so.

Lori
before my surgery my right breast was already smaller too so this really did a number on it. I like the idea of a padded bra because it wont loose its shape. My bras now look so funny they have a big crease on the right side......and fine on the left.

Donna
Yes Im done with my AC treatments I actually had one treatment of TAC Taxotere, adriamycn and cytoxen but the taxotere made me terribly sick so my other three treatments were just AC. Iam scheduled for 8 Taxol treatments Im not sure why 8 most people have 4. So you did much better with the Taxol, Im praying that it will be kind to me Im tired of being sick.

Thanks all for the help
Hugs:)
Bernadette


JUJU8872
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   Posted 10/21/2005 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bernadette. This is just a guess, but I bet you are doing weekly Taxol treatments. I had 12 of them. Taxotere is the synthetic form of Taxol, I believe. Perhaps because they gave you one BIG Taxotere (with the A/C) you need only a partial dosage of Taxol to make up a full chemo measure of the taxanes. I would ask the doctor.
 
JUDY

chantry31
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   Posted 10/21/2005 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm this is interesting.... My cocktail is 4AC, 3 weeks apart, and 4 T also 3 weeks apart. I'm kinda concerned...I wanted to be as aggressive as possible about treatment, and now I'm worried that my schedule is not doing that. Would it be because I was node negative?? I always thought that 4 AC and 4T was the "regular" schedule. Thoughts?

Chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


JUJU8872
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   Posted 10/21/2005 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Chantry. I was told that the 4 vs 12 were equally effective, but according to my onc. 12 were more easily tolerated. I suspect that it is the onc.'s choice.
 
Judy
 
P.S. Node negatife, huh? I am confused. Maybe someone here can explain why AC and TAXOL.
 

Post Edited (JUJU8872) : 10/21/2005 5:42:43 PM (GMT-6)


Brnadebt
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   Posted 10/23/2005 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Chantry

I started out with my treatments 3 weeks apart until they took out the Taxotere and then she made them every other week. I was originally scheduled for 6 treatments of TAC so Im not sure why she went to 4 treatments after the Taxotere was gone. I guess I should ask her on Tues. I guess it is all what the Dr thinks will do the best job, I too asked for her to be as aggresive as possible I want this gone and I dont ever what to do these treatments again.

How is the hair?? Is it all gone now? and is the wig doing okay?

Judy I was the one with one positive node out of three. I wish that they would have taken more to get a better idea if it had spread. 3 dosnt seem like a lot to look at. Judy were you the one with spots on your lungs too?
Hugs:)
Bernadette


chantry31
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   Posted 10/23/2005 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh the hair went on (our Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend. DD was pulling it all out, and the mess was driving me crazy - so my sister-in-law heped me shave it. I'm not going with a wig, since I'm staying at home on maternity/disability leave. I've got quite a number of scarves and hats and they seem to be doing the trick. It's getting colder up here any ways, so hats are a pretty common sight. I went to a wedding yesterday with a scarf wrap and a hat, and everyone who knew what I was going through told me that I looked great. Fortunately my eyebrows are still here - I think I'll be more upset at losing them then my head hair! However those pesky chin hairs are still around. Why cant head hair be as tough as those little bug**rs!

Hope your Taxol goes well!

chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


JUJU8872
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   Posted 10/23/2005 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette, I did have three tiny spots on my lung that were still there 6 months later. According to my med onc, who first saw them, and my rad onc, who saw them on the repeat 6 months later, the spots were probably a fungus that is often seen on the lungs of people here in the deep South. I sure hope they are right. For now my concern is the "headache" I have been having for the past month. It is like I bumped my head really hard and it hurts. I see my surgeon Thursday for a 10 mo checkup and mammogram. I will ask her but I refuse to go back to my med and rad onc. Am cancelling an appointment with med onc on Wednesday.
 
Judy

Brnadebt
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   Posted 10/23/2005 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Chantry & Judy


Judy
Did they call the fungus Sarcoidosis?? That is what they thought I had at first, but when they went away after chemo the Dr said it could not be. I had 7 on my right side and 6 on the left some were pretyy good size. Sorry about the headaches I hope they figure it out and soon. Why dont you want to go back to your med and onc did you have lots of trouble with them? Im afraid of the first mammo my breat is still tender and the thought of squishing it is not appealing.

Chantry
I thought you were the one who was having trouble with a wig now that I think about it that was Kattbird. Have you lost your eyelashes? I still have my lashes and brows. I have been told that Taxol makes you loose them and fast. How is your little one doing?
Hugs:)
Bernadette


chantry31
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette
Nope - I've still got my eyelashes - I'm gonna miss them too if they go. My little girl is the joy of my life. She is so happy - squealling all the time, little chubby arms and legs going 90 miles an hour, and great big beautiful smiles. We've now started her on pablum - What a mess!! But she is the one thing that always brings a smile to my face. I dont know how I would get through this without her!

chantry
There are no wrong turnings, only paths we did not know we were meant to take - Guy Gavriel Kay


harley26
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   Posted 11/5/2005 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Bernadette, You may have already seen this mag, but, they gave it to me in the hosp after my mastectomy. I don't know if you have found anything or not. This catalog has a lot of neat stuff in it. Check it out

www.tlccatalog.org


I haven't been fitted for a bra or prosthesis yet either. I'm just trying to get thru one thing a time. May God Bless,
((((HUGGS)))) Carol

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