How long should you normally stay in the hospital after you have breast cancer surgery?

Depends. Whether is is lumpectomy, mastectomy, mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, and method of reconstruction, and of course your general medical condition.If it is lumpectomy, 0-1 days, mastectomy 1-3 days.
Between 1-3 days. Lumpectomy and lymph node dissection can usually allow discharge after one to three days at max. Mastectomy may take a day or two longer. After in complication breast surgery most women are home no later than 3 days at most afterwards.

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How long should a patient wait before starting chemotherapy and after the breast cancer surgery?

No magic number. The best answer is "as soon as possible", since there is no benefit to waiting (other than allowing a few weeks to recover from surgery). Many clinical trials require that chemotherapy be started within 6 weeks of surgery, but this, too, is arbitrary. I suggest that you talk to your medical oncologist and ask him/her what is best for you. Read more...
8-12 weeks. It depends on the type of breast cancer, but for most breast cancers, studies show that chemotherapy should be started by 12 weeks after surgery. After 12 weeks, the benefit from chemo starts to drop off. If your cancer is more aggressive (triple negative, er negative) you should probably start sooner, ie within 4-6 weeks. Read more...
Depends. In general chemotherapy is started 4 weeks after surgery, ofcourse if surgical wound is well healed and there are no signs of infection. Again, in general no longer than 8 weeks. Each case is different, talk to your oncologist. Read more...
12 weeks. Studies have shown that benefit from chemotherapy doesn't begin to drop off as long as it is started within 12 weeks of surgery. I take the type of cancer into consideration, though. For more aggressive breast cancers, i like to start chemo within 4-6 weeks. For the slower growing er+ cancers, within 12 weeks is fine and supported by data. Read more...

Can you tell me about breast cancer surgery?

Vital. Breast cancer is a surgical disease under most circumstances. Surgical choices include lumpectomy (removing the cancer) followed by radiation vs. Mastectomy (removing the whole breast) vs. Bilateral mastectomies (removing both breasts). Each of those options has its merits and indications. Both the doc and the patient should have a say in that choice. Read more...

Is it normal to have sharp pains in the breast and upper back post breast cancer surgery?

Post surgery neuropa. This is likely normal post surgery. You are described post surgery neuropathic pain. This is typically a result of "cutting" of the nerves in your skin from the surgery. Most people will have improvement over time, but some will have continued pain in the region. Some patients have "phantom" pain post mastectomy because their body still thinks the breast is there, even though it was removed. Read more...
Maybe. Healing after surgery will take some weeks, and pains during this time of healing are common. Sometimes referred muscle pains can go into the back. Watch for increasing breast swelling or redness that would need to be evaluated by your surgeon. Read more...