TNBC and forthcoming surgery

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Hello all. I was diagnosed at the end of August 2021 with early stage but aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I completed 6 months of chemo at the end of March and will be having surgery on 20th April. I have the BRCA1 gene and opted for a double mastectomy with implant breast reconstruction straight away. I am now in the head space of getting ready for surgery next week and just wondering if anyone has any hints or tips to help with recovery and this journey. Thanks. 

  • Hi,I noticed your post hasn't had any responses yet. It might be worth you posting in the general breast cancer group. It's really busy and I am sure someone with a similar diagnosis would be in hand to help.  I had a lumpectomy myself, so a different op, but for me it was all about doing the exercises to ensure I get mobility back.  Good luck 

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  • Hi NickiNoos,

    I have a similar but slightly different journey to you. I was diagnosed with stage 2a tnbc in July 21 after a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy (2 nodes involved). I completed 5 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiotherapy at the end of March and recently found out that I have the BRCA1 mutation also. I'm waiting to see my oncologist next week to discuss starting a PARP inhibitor drug and guidance around preventative surgeries. I wondered if reconstruction was immediate for brca1 mastectomies, so it's good to hear that you are being offered that. 

    I cannot really help you with any advice, but I hope that your surgery went well and that the recovery is manageable. If you have any tips or advice that you would like to share once things have calmed down, I'd be all ears!

    Best of luck with the recovery x