Deciding about surgery options - javert2

Decision Point Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 9, 2012 View this journey (8 Experiences)

After what seemed like an eternity (but was actually about 4 weeks) we met with a team of doctors at UAB Breast Center - including a surgeon, oncologist, and radiologist. They said I had invasive lobular carcinoma - a breast cancer that only 15% of women get. It is called the "sneaky" cancer because you can have it a long time without detecting it. It did NOT show up on any mammogram. Of course, this added to my fear that by now it must've spread to my entire body. They gave me their recommendation - a mastectomy followed by an undetermined course of treatment. They were giving us so much information that my husband and I were both furiously writing. They said I could opt to have both sides done or just the affected side. They said their team also included a plastic surgeon who could do reconstruction in the same surgery and they set up my appointment with him. I was so overwhelmed by all the information and decisions that my head was spinning for DAYS. I later met with the plastic surgeon and there was more choices: which kind of reconstruction. This whole process of meeting with doctors and discussing options took about a month. During this time, I had all kinds of tests: MRI's, CT scans, and bone scans. I finally made the decision to keep the unaffected breast and to have a latissamus dorsi reconstruction (using an implant and tissue from the back). I was told that treatment would be discussed after the surgery - when we had all our information.

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