• I was curious how many with STAGE IV BREAST CANCER have had a mastectomy?

    Asked by lettieanne on Sunday, August 19, 2012

    I was curious how many with STAGE IV BREAST CANCER have had a mastectomy?

    I was diagnosed with STAGE IV right off the bat, so we did not feel it was necessary to have one. Now, however, my bone mets is stabilized and the cancer is very active in the breast. I am considering the TDM1 study, but wondering if I should push for the mastectomy.

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      DianaL

      I was told that all breast cancer was treated with surgery that it is the only way to rid the breast of it. I am a Stage II, but started out with a lumpectomy; however, 2 out of 3 sentinel nodes came bad with cancer. Then my surgeon told me breast conservation was out and I had to have a mastectomy. My decision was to have a bilateral so I will not have to worry about it at all. I plan on reconstruction once they decide if I will get chemo. I have started Arimidex. Peace of mind was what my husband and I wanted--I am 65.

      over 4 years ago

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