Patty's Journey with Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient: Breast Cancer > Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 62, Stage 0, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: No

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    • Patty
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in situ...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I have been on a roller coaster ride since the diagnosis. I can't eat or sleep. I woke up the other evening with night terrors and was positive that I had cancer all over my body. Luckily my partner talked me down off of that ledge. My surgeon has told me the best way to treat my cancer is with a mastecomy. I have 3 very small growths in my right breast; you can't feel them, they were detected by a routine mammogram. I am leaning toward having both breasts removed without reconstruction; and if I find this is too difficult for me, I thought I could have reconstruction further down the road. I have had friends who just had cosmetic (boob jobs) because they just wanted to have a big chest; and they've all said it was very painful. I'm just so afraid of having a part of body removed but yet I want to live without pain or having all this testing done, waiting for test results. Can someone help me get back on track, I am so scared and lost.