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Old 05-04-2018, 12:31 AM
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My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, and began chemo in early January through end of March. Yesterday she underwent surgery and opted for a bilateral mastectomy.

The important news of the surgery was that the sentinel node they pulled, tested negative for cancer cells. It was such a moment of relief for us hearing that result. So moving forward she can hopefully breath a little easier knowing that more chemo and radiation shouldn't be necessary, and her reconstruction will hopefully happen around August.

Thank you to all who offered their support and well wishes. God Bless.
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Yes, it is such an indescribable emotion when getting that good news after going through the chemo/rads treatment. My best to you, your wife and your entire family. Stay strong!
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Great to hear. We are all pulling for her along with morgandomers mom. We got you brother.
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Negative sentinel nodes are a very big deal. Great news!

I'm guessing she was ER,PR, and Her-2/neu negative and that's why she received chemotherapy before her mastectomies? The final pathology report will determine pretty much everything. If the final pathology report indicates nothing was seen in the lymph node(s), and if lymphovascular invasion is not seen, then unless her original tumor was larger than 5 cm or there is a positive margin she probably won't need radiation. It usually take 4 or 5 days for the surgeon to get the final report, and I'm guessing your wife has a follow-up appointment scheduled sometime within the next 10 days(?).

People undergoing that type of surgery are at risk for blood clots for a full month. Make sure your wife wiggles her ankles and squeezes her toes often over the next month, particularly when she is sitting down or lying down. She needs to feel the muscles on the back of her legs moving when she does that; that will help minimize her risk. She shouldn't ride in a car or airplane for more than 3 hours for the next 6 weeks.

I know a lot about breast cancer and about breast cancer reconstruction. I have significant experience with it and am happy to help in any way I can.

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Negative sentinel nodes are a very big deal. Great news!

I'm guessing she was ER,PR, and Her-2/neu negative and that's why she received chemotherapy before her mastectomies? The final pathology report will determine pretty much everything. If the final pathology report indicates nothing was seen in the lymph node(s), and if lymphovascular invasion is not seen, then unless her original tumor was larger than 5 cm or there is a positive margin she probably won't need radiation. It usually take 4 or 5 days for the surgeon to get the final report, and I'm guessing your wife has a follow-up appointment scheduled sometime within the next 10 days(?).

People undergoing that type of surgery are at risk for blood clots for a full month. Make sure your wife wiggles her ankles and squeezes her toes often over the next month, particularly when she is sitting down or lying down. She needs to feel the muscles on the back of her legs moving when she does that; that will help minimize her risk. She shouldn't ride in a car or airplane for more than 3 hours for the next 6 weeks.

I know a lot about breast cancer and about breast cancer reconstruction. I have significant experience with it and am happy to help in any way I can.
Thank you much! Yes she had Her-2 type BC and had chemo first. We follow up with both her plastic surgeon and the surgeon this week. Hopefully she get all 4 drains taken out over the course of this week too. It's very tedious to empty and measure those every 4 hours or so. Thankfully they told us Friday that we didn't have to do it overnight while she's sleeping. So far through this whole thing she's been a real trooper and kicking ***. She breezed through chemo thankfully and no real side affects beside hair loss and some tingling in her fingers towards the end.

I passed on the info about the blood clots etc. Bev says thank you for the info. She's been chomping at the bit and anxious to work out again, but she knows that her routines for awhile will be very limited of course. This whole thing has cut back her workouts since the beginning having an IV port put in her chest in January for chemo and herceptum treatments. Normally she's pretty active.
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So happy for the good news Jesse. Life events like this certainly put things in perspective. We will keep the prayers going for you and your wife along with prayers of gratitude for the good news on the negative sentinel nodes!
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Today we met with her surgeon and received the full/final pathology report. Bev is free and clear! She did it, she beat her breast cancer! Now she'll finish out the week getting the last of her drainage tubes out and the wound vac off. Looks like three or so months down the road she'll get phase two of the reconstruction done.

She was very overjoyed and emotional today. Thank you again for everyone's encouraging words and prayers! God Bless.
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Today we met with her surgeon and received the full/final pathology report. Bev is free and clear! She did it, she beat her breast cancer! Now she'll finish out the week getting the last of her drainage tubes out and the wound vac off. Looks like three or so months down the road she'll get phase two of the reconstruction done.

She was very overjoyed and emotional today. Thank you again for everyone's encouraging words and prayers! God Bless.
Just saw your post, very happy for your family that the outcome was positive.

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