Hi all, You are the largest collection of wise women I know, so I'm hoping you can give me some suggestions here. My mom has been dxd with DCIS and will be going in for bilateral lumpectomies the beginning of the month. I don't have a lot of details, don't know if sentinal/axillary nodes will also be dissected, etc, because... well, she wanted to take care of this herself. Very independent woman. So I haven't been bombarding her with clinical questions. She will be having radiation afterwards - don't know planned length of treatment, etc. I expect I'll get the chance to discuss with oncologist when I go down for the surgery. I'm reading up on lumpectomies and radiation, but thought I'd check in with you guys too. I'm also researching support/services through Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen. Hubby has also verified that FMLA is available thru his job if she needs more support from me. I'm will have lists of local resources ready to take to her, along with care package to help her get thru radiation. Will also cook/freeze meals for her (if she lets me, LOL). If you (or a loved one) has been through this, what were the most helpful things? What made you more comfortable? What tips did you learn from fellow travelers? As with most things in life, I'm guessing that those who have been there done that know what works best. If you could share with me, I'd appreciate it. PM if you'd prefer privacy. Thanks so much in advance.