PM & Breast Cancer surgery

Has anyone in our group developed Breast cancer in the breast with the PM? I am going for a biopsy (& removal of lump) for IBC next week. I have been informed that my PM will have to be turned off for the surgery an dif I require radiation the PM will have to be relocated to my stomach.
I am very scared about the possiblity of BC but now even more worried about the PM (Which is reality new only 8 months. )


PM & breast cancer

by CathrynB - 2007-06-13 10:06:29

Yikes -- and they say lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place! I bet that's not how it feels to you right now, eh lady4law? I'm so sorry to hear of your latest diagnosis. No, I haven't had breast cancer, but I remember a post a couple months back from a man who had been diagnosed with some kind of cancer -- I think it was lung -- and they were moving his PM to get it out of the way for the radiation. The important thing for you is they've found the cancer, and I'm sure you know how extremely high the cure rate is when breast cancer is discovered early. Moving the PM will likely be a big drag only 8 months later, but you know what to expect this time around. Please let us know the outcome of the biopsy, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many, many people on this site. Take care, Cathryn


by CathrynB - 2007-06-14 01:06:06

I'm looking at the possibility of my PM needing to be moved too, for entirely different reasons, and not to my stomach, but I was told by my doctor that they usually implant leads that are longer than the minimum needed, and that if mine were moved they would use the same leads I got 5 months ago. I suppose it depends on how far they have to move it, and how long your leads are, but your doc should be able to tell you that. I have heard that usually after leads have been in place for awhile they don't move them, but sometimes leave them in place (or remove them completely, though that's risky) and implant new ones where you need them, sometimes alongside the old ones in the same vein. I'd suggest you write all these questions down on paper so you don't forget anything your'e wondering about and get answers from your doctor. As I said before, please keep us posted. And take care, Cathryn


by lady4law - 2007-06-14 12:06:29

I wonder if they will have to put in new wires? I think if they have to move the PM, whihc is presently located on the same side as the possible BC, the will not be abl eto pull out the wires and have to feed n new ones from a differnt site? I have read postings that once the wires are in place for acouple of weeks they cannot be moved. DO you knwo if this is correct? Thank you for your response. Jean


by lady4law - 2007-06-16 10:06:05

Thanks Cathryn
I have not been able to locate anyone that has had BC & PM. My surgeon told me last week that he will have to turn off the PM before my first surgery. Then if it's BC I will have to have it removed or relocated b4 rads, The funny thing (if one can used that word in this situation) is that my PM was implanted because of reactions to Meds. Turning it off, or worse taking it out, at a time I will be submitted to many new drugs sounds unbelievable. It appears the PM is only in the way to my doctors. (I can't even have an MRI which is generally used in cases like mine.) Thanks again Cathryn

BC and PMs

by lady4law - 2007-07-03 04:07:50

Just an update Cathryn:
It looks like I have stage 3 BC. (not sure having a hard time with the path report). I will be seeing my ONO in 2 weeks. The plan, as my surgeon see it, will be chemo, then more surgey. (The main mass was removed last week.)
I am not sure what I will be doing relative to the RADS, as the main plan used for my type of BC, is remove the mass, chemo, rads, then more surgery. However, if I had rads I woudl have to have the PM moved, and that is one more surgery.

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