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Decision Point Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on October 11, 2011 View this journey (11 Experiences)

Each time I had a mammogram, they had to repeat it, because I had fibrocystic syndrome, so I wasn't surprised when they did that in 12/2008. I met with the breast surgeon and took my sister and mother with me, because I knew I wouldn't take in too much information. The surgeon was really nice, but looking back I don't feel as if I was given choices for care. The tumor was small, and other women I knew had gone through chemo/radiation first to see if it could be reduced, even largely taken care of, but no one offered that. Additionally, whether or not I wanted reconstruction wasn't a choice, either. I was told that with fibrocystic syndrome that I would go through this experience repeatedly; with small tumors showing up. The location made it not viable for a lumpectomy, so the one breast would have to go--no choice at all. The bilateral vs unilateral decision was suggested due to the fibrocystic syndrome. I deferred to the higher experience of the surgeon and agreed to the bilateral mastectomy. I don't have an issue with that, especially because she found more cancer behind the breast. I wasn't given an option on reconstruction--I was told how it would be done, but not if I would want it. However, I was unable to think very well--I was operating on automatic pilot, and probably numb from shock, I guess.

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