Nov 28, 2012 - 10:57 pm
I was recently diagnosed with stage 1a triple negative breast cancer after removal of lump that surgeon thought was fibroademona (so no lymph check yet). PET scan, MRI, and mammogram clear (thank GOD) . I still have to get genetic test, have masectomy if positive or surgery to get clearer margins and do sentinel biopsy of lymph glands if not, and then start chemo. I am 34 with very limited family hx of cancer (paternal grandmother in her late sixties, paternal great great aunt reportedly had some kind of "female" cancer according to my great aunt now deceased, and told my maternal great grandmother had masectomy for some reason but lived until 90 something). I have a 2 year old son and this dx has really done a number on me. I am hoping to find some support here and really hope to hear from some who have similar diagnoses and are doing well. I am concerned that, with having to get approval for masectomy and everyone scheduled plus 3 weeks between surgery and chemo, it will have been 8 weeks from the time of the original lumpectomy and start of chemo. They say I can have surgery just to get clearer margins and check lymph and have masectomy after chemo but I am worried that having major surgery after chemo would increase chances for infection or other complications. Any ideas/suggestions/advice?