Invasive lobular cancer represents 5-15 percent of all breast cancers (depending on the study). Although it is distinctly different and responds differently to therapy, it has been treated exactly like ductal cancer for decades.
Seventeen years ago, I started thinking about riding in a fundraiser for breast cancer called the Pony Express. I had been inspired the summer of 1998 when the PE ride came through Seattle. I don’t think I had yet bought my 1981 R65 BMW.
You’re feeling grubby and have gotten the okay from your care team to take a shower. Here are some suggestions.
Surgery was Wednesday 30 August; UW discharged me around noon on Thursday, 31 August. Mastectomy (whether or not bilateral) without reconstruction means less time in surgery plus reduced time in the hospital.
If you have a mastectomy (with or without reconstruction), you’ll come home with at least one Jackson-Pratt (JP) drain. If you have axillary lymph node dissection, that will mean an additional drain. I had a bilateral mastectomy as well as the lymph node surgery, so I came home with three drains.