In praise of surgery….
- It removes as much of the diseased tissue as possible with the aim to reach a clear margin around the tumour, giving your body the best chance to fight anything that’s left
- You may be able to have a Sentinal Node Biopsy performed where the spread of cancer can be assessed and you may not have to have lymph nodes removed or undergo chemotherapy.
- You’ll find out from the pathology report exactly what you’re dealing with (size, grade, hormone receptor status, Herceptin receptivity and lymph node involvement)
- Despite the perception, the surgery is not as painful as you might imagine.
- You psychologically feel better knowing that unwelcome tumour is no longer with you
On the flip side…
- Your boobs will never be the same again – lumpectomy and partial mastectomy change the appearance of your boob(s) whereas a modified radical mastectomy removes the boob altogether
- You are left with emotional as well as physical scars – sometimes neat, sometimes jagged but 1,000 times more manageable than unchecked cancer.
- Your arm range of motion can be restricted for some time and in some cases permanently
- You have to carry your very own handbag of horrors around for a week.
- You can suffer from evil constipation from the painkillers like you’ve never had in your life!