I am Kitt and I am a nurse but have a husband with Crohn's disease and a Mother that had breast cancer.
Yes you can have more than one kind of cancer and I am sorry you are going through this.
Generally the recovery period for a modified mastectomy is in the 7-10 day range.
I think it may be wise to discusss in detail your recovery period with your surgeon. I am only giving you my opinion and I am not a physician.
You have my support and gentle Hugs.
Thank you all for the words of support and encouragement!
I'm optomistic that no further cancer will be found after the mastectomy and that I'll be on surveillance only, same as for the rectal cancer.
From what I've been told, if cancer is discover in the lymph, I'll need chemo. Apparently I'm e/p receptor negative so am not a candidate for Tomoxifen or other hormone type therapies. I'll cross that bridge when/if I get there.
Just wanted to wish you luck on the mastectomy, I had mine done in March of this year and I have to say it was quite an easy surgery. I hope you bounce back quickly, keep us posted we care.
I hope that all went well for you and your recovery goes smoothly.
My friend had a bilateral mastectomy 2 years ago already and I would go over and help her change her dressings. The drains were her biggest complaint. She had the implants inserted in surgery so her recovery was a little slower but she made it through and is doing wonderful.
I will pray for you. Gentle Hugs