We met with the Oncology Radiologist today. We loved him very much. He had a wonderful bedside manner and he explained everything about my particular type of cancer and what the different things mean. He also stated that 40% of the women with Raynaud's disease when they get radiation therapy have a hardening of the tissue of the breast. He likened it to having a potato under the skin of the breast. It limits movement of the arm and is very uncomfortable to sleep with. He said that he would allow me to get radiation therapy, but that he felt that I would be more satisfied with the results of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy than the results of the hardened tissue.
If I do get the mastectomy, however, and later there are cancerous cells found in the muscle wall or other places, they will probably suggest oncology radiology again, and if I have already gotten the reconstruction, there is the same possibility of hardening of the tissues around the implant, which will make the implant distort. The advise is to wait until the patient is cancer-free for a number of years (at least two) before the reconstruction is even started. By this time, a lot of women decide not to go through with the reconstruction because they have gotten used to what they have had for the past couple of years.
We have made an appointment with the surgeon on Friday to finalize whatever surgery we finally decide on. I will let you know which way we decide to go.
Meanwhile keep us in your prayers for wisdom to make the right decision.
“…for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6