Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)

Wide local excision for DCIS: recovery

Most women said they recovered well and quickly after surgery, though some were a little tired the first few days back at home. Many said that they were careful with lifting at first but were soon as active as before, several returning to full-time work a week or two afterwards. One woman, who stayed with a friend for the first few days, praised the support she was given until she could manage completely on her own again.
One woman said she would have liked more information about looking after her breast when she was discharged. She realised back at home that she was allergic to the adhesive on the dressings. Later, she also had a blood clot. Another woman said her recovery was slower than she’d expected because of the reaction she’d had to general anaesthetic. Most women had all the drains removed before going home, though one woman said that, after discharge, she had to go back as an outpatient and then had them removed.
Women who had no further treatment were usually able to get on with life as normal. With hindsight, some said that their surgery had been an ‘interruption’ but they had got back to their routine soon afterwards.
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Last reviewed July 2017.


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