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How much time will I need off work following a mastectomy and radiation?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • frances pensato Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a mastectomy and chemo and radiation. For the mastectomy I needed 2 months to recover. You need time for it to heal but doing your stretches is very important. I am 9 months post surgery and still do my stretches. I am a flight attendant and am still off of work. if everything goes well I shall be back at work on Oct. 1 . You have to listen to your body. The radiation is easy , but the more sessions you have the more tired you get. each person is different an
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  • frances pensato Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Sorry about that. Each person is different and it depends on what type of work you do. You will get through this and you will become stronger. I wish you all the best and am thinking of you.
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  • Linda Williams Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I would guess that it would be more up to you and how you feel. also depending on your job you probably wont really feel like going back for about 2 weeks and about a week after your last drain comes out. I'm 4 weeks post bi lateral mastectomy and 2 weeks ago was told I can start stretching my arms and lifting 10 pounds. As far as radiation I know a few women that go to work in the morning leave to go to radiation and then back to work after it. Good luck hope everything goes well for you.
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  • Monique  cameron Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you all. I know it's different for everyone but the wait is hard but even harder is not knowing how long I'll be off work since I won't have pay and I'm the breed winner for my family.
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