airaani's Journey with Breast Cancer

Family/Friend: Breast Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 65

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    • airaani
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am doing my best to be supportive, as I understand it was caught fairly early, but I am very worried about her. She is post-polio and due to sever difficulties in most kinds of exercise, as well as being the sole breadwinner for the family for 12 years, she does not have the healthiest body.

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    • airaani
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Kind of treatment

    Decision Point

    My mother is having a lot of trouble deciding what kind of treatment option to pursue. A mastectomy seems to have the lowest recurrence rate, but she doesn't like the idea of being without a breast, or reconstruction because of the loss of sensation. At the same time, weeks of radiation doesn't appeal either. She likes the idea of IORT radiation during the surgery, but her insurance doesn't offer or cover this, nor would she be able to do this process without traveling thousands of miles from home.

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