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Lumpectomy and Quadrantectomy

Questions To Ask Before Going Home After A Lumpectomy

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The following questions are based on those the American Cancer Society offsite link recommends that you ask before leaving the hospital after a lumpectomy or quadrantectomy *:

How To Take Care Of Your Body
  • How to take care of the wound and bandage
  • How to monitor drainage and take care of the drains 
  • How to know if you have an infection
  • What medicines to take (including pain medicines) and how often
  • When to call your doctor or nurse (and how)
  • Any restrictions on activities
  • What to expect regarding sensations in the breast and arm
  • What to expect regarding feelings about body image
  • What can I do to avoid getting lymphedema
How To Get Back Into Your Life
  • What to eat and what not to eat
  • What activities you should or should not do
  • How soon you can return to work
    • Should return to work be part time? If so, for how long?
    • What limitations should I observe at work, if any. For how long?
    • Will I need an change at work (an accommodation) to allow me to do my work? If so, for how long?
How To Get Used To Your Body After Surgery
  • When to start using your arm
  • How to exercise your arm to keep it from getting stiff
  • How to get in touch with an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteer. Reach to Recovery is a program in which breast cancer patients can talk by phone or face-to-face with breast cancer survivors.

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