Anyone have a breast reduction with their lumpectomy?

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   Posted 1/31/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I spend my time over in the chronic pain forum, but my cousin was just diagnosed with breast cancer so I thought I'd start a thread for her (and myself) to see what experience some of you may have had with the procedure she's considering.

They have found two small lumps in one breast, she was told it's an aggressive cancer, so she'll likely be having surgery within the next week or two. I'm sure many of you can relate to having to make a lot of serious decisions quickly. One thing she's considering is having breast reduction surgery, and her surgeon said she does a procedure together with the plastic surgeon where the reduction on both breasts is done after the lumpectomy (both surgeons are in the operating room at the same time). She knows she'll need radiation after the lumpectomy, and possibly chemo. She's still undergoing tests so the surgeon knows everything she's dealing with, but so far it appears localized to these 2 small lumps.

I did a little research and found the procedure is called Oncoplastic Surgery. Have any of you had this - a breast reduction along with your lumpectomy? If so, I wondered what your experience was, or if you have any suggestions for my cousin. She may be reading responses, and she's got a lot on her plate to consider in a short amount of time, so I'd appreciate it if you could keep that in mind as you respond.



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   Posted 2/1/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. It is fairly common to do reconstructive surgery at the same time as the cancer surgery. The nice thing about doing both sides at the same time is that your cousin will be more likely to have a nicely matched pair of "headlights."

Hope all goes well for her.

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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have a reduction, but did have a breast lift.
It was done at the same time as my lumpectomy both surgeons were in the OR a the same time.
Yes, both breasts were done at the same time.

I spent three days in the hospital and that was because my BP was so low. Usually it's same day surgery. As for pain only had some when I was in the recovery room and was given Dilaudud IV after that my pain was mimimal so when I got home all I needed was extra strength Tylenol. I had a drain in each breast they were removed a week later along with the stitches at the doctors office.

While in the hospital I was given surgical bras and also was given three more for home use when I was released.

I was delighted with the results and the fact that there was very little pain with the exception of what I felt in the recovery room which was quickly taken care of and it never returned.

Going for the reduction is a good thing to do the same time your cousin has her lumpectomy and I'm certain they will do both lumpectomy and reduction at the same time.

Tomorrow I start seven weeks of radiation and will soon be on Arimidex, hormone therapy, for five years. There was no cancer in my lymph nodes either.
Your cousin will start radiation when her incisions heal.

Good luck to your cousin and for information tell her to check in here there are so many experts and there will be answers to her questions.

I'm new at all this too and I don't know what I would do with out HW and it's members. It's so important to learn all you can.


PS: Just wondering if your from Pennsylvania, because if your user name, I live in Glen Mills, PA which is about 20 miles from Philadelphia and 3 miles from Wilmington, DE. I had my surgery at Bryn Mawr Hospital and will be doing rads at Lankenau Hospital.
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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your response. It's great that you had such a positive experience, and that your lymph nodes were clear! I've had friends who have had breast cancer, but none have had this kind of surgery (with both onc. & plastic surg. in OR together). My cousin just learned of her diagnosis last week, and the reduction was the one thing she was unsure about. I sent her some info. I found from NY Presby. hospital and it was enough for her to feel comfortable making that decision. I'm trying not to overwhelm her with info. right now, as I'm sure all of you here know how many decisions need to be made in a short amount of time. I do plan to tell her about HW and link her to this thread, and let her read it if she wants. After surgery, I suspect having the support (although she has many supportive friends and family, including too many who have had BC) of places like HW may be helpful as you can always learn more. Or find a place to vent feelings and fears and anger and grief and just about everything - like I do over on the CP forum.

Yep, I'm in PA., but in the other corner of the state - in NW PA. near Erie. It seems every time I "meet" someone on here from PA they're from the Philly area. The state must be leaning with all the people you have over there! LOL

Thanks again for responding. And good luck with your radiation!

p.s. Love the quote in your signature. yeah

Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/1/2010 4:45:41 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 5/6/2015 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I just had a lumpectomy, reduction, and lift. The recovery was excellent, and I was home within 24 hours. However, I am learning that no two situations are the same, so please find a surgeon you trust. Find out if you should have an MRI before undergoing the oncoplasty.
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