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i am scheduled for a lumpectomy on 10/15/14. w what to expect regardingatpain like? i am also having a sentinel. lyph biopsy. i plan to go back to work 6 days later.

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    there are no drains with this small procedure.
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  • sharon s Profile
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    A lumpectomy does NOT involve drains. I went back to work an the fourth day after a partial masectomy. No drains involved in that either. Hope the nodes are clear. The lymph test makes you pee blue that day only. You will be a smurf.
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    • Ruth W Profile
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      Lol :-)

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    • Helen Davey Profile
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      I had a lumpectomy 5 weeks ago and had a breast drain for about 24 hours. My sentinel node biopsy, as planned pre-surgery, changed to a removal of 21 nodes and a drain inserted during surgery which came out 2 weeks later. Good luck and speedy...

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      I had a lumpectomy 5 weeks ago and had a breast drain for about 24 hours. My sentinel node biopsy, as planned pre-surgery, changed to a removal of 21 nodes and a drain inserted during surgery which came out 2 weeks later. Good luck and speedy recovery. But don't rush things

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    • Helen Davey Profile
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      And I peed blue for about 3 days after!!

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      Ten lymphs out no drains with lumpectomy on the bottom of breast. What have they said about expectations?

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      Anonymous with ten lymphs , they didn't say.

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      Helen was your sentinel biopsy separate from lumpectomy.

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    • Helen Davey Profile
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      They were done in the same operation but had their own incisions. They are parallel about 10cms apart, horizontally.

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    • Helen Davey Profile
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      I must make a small correction. My earlier post said sentinel node biopsy and it should have been removal.

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    Done on friday back to work monday very easy just tylenol more scary mentally
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    That will be enough time if your company lets you come back with drains.
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    I did a lumpectomy and had 2 drains. It depends on your type of cancer and size of your mass.
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    • Ruth W Profile
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      Hi, what type did you have?

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      I have invasive ductal.

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      I had Invasive Lobular.
      The MRI made them think it was small it was 5.2 the first surgery. To get clean margin had to do a 2nd surgery ended up with 7.3 Cm two drains later I was cancer free.

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  • Michele Schultz Profile
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    Pain tolerable. The drain is a nuisance . Ask your doctor about breast reconstruction options BEFORE radiation if it is recommended . Good luck! We are in your corner!!!
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    • Ruth W Profile
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      No one said anything to me about needing drains for a lumpectomy.

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      No one said up with the drains I just woke up with them.

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  • Mary Navarro Profile
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    Little to no pain at all. It helps to wear a sports bra after the surgery, don't wear bras with wires.
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  • Ruth W Profile
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    Lumpectomy done with no drain. Little pain. The anesthesiologist just hurt my uvula. They had a difficult time intubating me. I feel okay. a little sore from sentinel node biopsy.
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    Definitely ask about about reconstruction. I had a lumpectomy in 200 with 35 radiation. Treatments. Cancer was stage 0 & non invasive DCIS . In March of 2014 I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Due to radiation on left breast I was limited to size because skin get tough after radiation treatments. The end result was. Full B which I'm happy with.
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    Ruth I had very little Pain just swelling under arm where lymph nodes were removed. I also had a 2nd surgery a week after to clear margin. This was considered a partial mastectomy but still no pain. YES it was more of mental anguish. You will b right back to work after. I also had 35 radiation treatments which was easy to handle & pain free. Prayers to you.
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    • Maria Williams Profile
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      No drains

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      Did you work during radiation?

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      I did and it wasn't too bad. My job was pretty stressfully at times so it's possible that the stress was partially the cause of my mild fatigue. Just be good to yourself and play it by ear.

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      Hi I didn't work during radiation my job allowed me to stay home for 6 months. I could have because the pain was minimal. My whole experience including the 2nd surgery was really easy. You will do just fine.

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      I work long days 9-9 most days. I provide In home counseling to kids and families. Major drama and 24/7 crisis call.

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    • Ruth W Profile
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      So that is why i am considering staying home during radiation.

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  • Carrie D Profile
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    I did have one drain which came out 5 days later. I took it easy the first few days and had little to no pain. If your job is not physically demanding, 6 days should be fine. If you do a lot of moving, lifting, etc. you may want to consider a few more days.
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