Thanks in advance to anyone reading this. I'm posting some ?s about my girlfriends mother who has a malignant tumor on her breast. They're going in this week to meet with doctors and chose someone to perform the lumpectomy. I realize this list below is long, but if any of you would be kind enough to chime in to any of these below it would be greatly appreciated. So much information is out there on the web obviously, but being able to ask ?s and learn specifically on this forum is a blessing and an amazing tool. I'm simply attempting to help them gather the necessary information and weed out the useless ?s from the more important ones, since the physicians they deal with will most likely be busy and thus I wanted to help them format a list of ?s that will count.
A bit of background information. My girlfriends mother (and hopefully my future mother in law someday, is 61, and generally in good health. (some high cholesterol but nothing else major) She noticed a lump in her breast recently (her last checkup was 3 years ago) and went in and they did a scan/biopsy and the results came in last week as to the tumor being malignant unfortunately. The good news is that they said its in the early stages and thus they're going to proceed with a lumpectomy and probably radiation afterward.
Here are the questions, please forgive my ignorance as I know nothing about breast cancer (especially being a guy) and am in the beginning stages of research so some of these ?s may seem silly.
1) Is it beneficial to start the lumpectomy asap? What is the window of time to make the decision in terms of time itself affecting the possible growth of the tumor? 2) Can she still exercise (golf) or go to a sauna or could that negatively affect the tumor? 3) is light exercise beneficial ? 4) dietary restrictions? 5) general advice/tips before the procedure in terms of things she can do to get in optimal health beforehand. 6) generally is it best for her to keep her overall activity levels low (low movement, etc try to avoid stress) or does this have no outcome on the progression of the tumor itself. 7) Clothing choices that are preferred when you have a malignant tumor or is this a non issue. (Bra s etc) Is there a preferred sleeping position? (On back, side ? Don't sleep on stomach face down for example? 9) Basically is there anything that's been known to accelerate or has the possibility to accelerate the growth of the tumor before the scheduled procedure. 10) how much does this procedure price range vary in Illinois compared to Wisconsin or Indiana? 11) how basic or general is this procedure and how experienced should the physician be at the minimum, are there physicians who specialize in lumpectomy? 12) what are all of the various grants and other financial programs out there to assist breast cancer patients , how long does it take to find out if you re possibly approved once submitted and if approved can you immediately utilize this? (Timeline ?) 13) are supplements OK before the procedure or are there certain vitamins that are discouraged or could even be detrimental? 14) how important is getting enough rest before and after the procedure? 15) are there any other general health related check ups or inquiries she should do before the procedure for peace of mind? 16) what is the range of price points for the lumpectomy/possible aftercare treatments and where does this discrepancy derive from? (Physician/hospital/reputation/advanced equipment fees)
Again thanks to all and any responses to this long thread!View Thread