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Questions about Delayed Breast Reconstruction.
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|8/29/2009||Hello, i was diagnosed with Inflammatory breast Cancer on September 11th 08. I was also 26 weeks pregnant. I started A & C right away for two months (every other week) then delivered my baby. Started Taxol. Two weeks later i Then had a bilateral mastectomy with 18 nodes removed on the right and 2 on the left. Two weeks after that I started non skin sparing radiation. Burned me to a crisp. I am only on herceptin now. but i am looking at getting a DIEP done. Though I am running after 3 kids under 5 I have not lost weight. My skin is really tight on the right. Do i need to wait for reconstruction if i have a DIEP. Will I be eligible with tight skin on the chest? i have not lost any weight and am 250 pounds. Am i too heavy? Can you do a diEP with bilateral reconstruction. Sorry for so many questions|
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|8/29/2009||you have been through the mill dear. oh my. we usually recommend waiting until you are 2 years post completion of radiation before embarking on reconstruction following treatment for inflammatory breast cancer. as you probably know risk of local recurrence remains high which is why you had the radiation. sounds like your skin dealt poorly with it. we have done women who have had chest wall radiation like yourself with tight skin afterward. your weight though is kinda high... what you might want to do is consider coming to us for a consultation and a plan. if you can drop some of the weight you will be a better candidate and an easier recovery. plus, you have some time to work on the weight loss while waiting for more time to pass to be a good candidate. if you want to come our way call 443-287-2778. i hope to meet you when you come. L|
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