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Post-operative mastectomy

CMC2019
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Hi there, 

My 60+ year old female friend recently had a single mastectomy and axillary lymph dissection.The Macmillan nurse has done home visits and is satisfied with wound and has now removed the tubes collecting fluid. So in that regard it appears to be improving. 

We're now on 5 day post-operative and she is experiencing extreme nausea and vomiting. The vomiting started on day 2 post-operation (Thursday). 

On Saturday night (2am) she was brought to A&E and put on a drip and IV. She is now back home but still vomiting and very weak. She has been prescribed Cyclizine and another drug beginning with OND (I've forgotten the name). However, she has stopped taking these medicines as she feels they are simply not working. 

She is unable to eat any food, and is barely keeping water down and is again dehydrated. 

We're not sure what to do and whether she needs to go back to A&E and have another drip? Or perhaps be supported to get food into her system? 

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. 

Clo

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi ,

Thanks for getting in touch with us and welcome to our Online Community.

I can see from your activity that you’ve had great advice from , one of our Community Champions last night.

I hope that your friend did call the out of hours service last night and was able to be assessed by a doctor. If not it’s important that she calls someone today and is reviewed by a doctor.

She can call her GP or 111 for advice, or if she is still being sick and vomiting it’s important that she does go her local A&E department to be reviewed.

Best wishes and take care.

Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch and let us know how she gets on.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.

CMC2019
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Hi Ellen, 

Thanks for getting in touch. Gail was great in her support. 

My friend is improving thankfully. She was diagnosed with an upper urinary infection and is now on the right medication. She was able to eat food today, and is getting strong by the minute. 

Thank you for your support. 

Clo 

Ellen M-Macmillan
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Hi ,

Thanks for getting back in touch with us and giving us an update on what’s been happening to your friend. It’s encouraging to read that she is improving and that she is feeling better.

I’m glad to read that you found Gail’s() guidance helpful. The support that our Community Champions give to members of the Community really is invaluable.

If you think it would be helpful to do, you can suggest to your friend that she can join our Online Community .We have a very welcoming breast cancer group that she could join. There really is nothing quite like the support that you can get from others who know what it’s like.

There are many other ways that we can offer you and your friend support. You can call our Support Line on 0808-808-0000 and talk to us. Our lines are open 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes and hope your friend continues to recover from her surgery.

Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.