• Information on prophylactic mastectomy

    Asked by Mamaschnauzer on Monday, June 10, 2013

    Information on prophylactic mastectomy

    What do I need to know before making a decision to go for it.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956 (Best Answer!)

      Can you give a few more details?

      I had bilat...one side was full of cancer, the other side was prophy (but pre-cancerous)...for me it was an easy decision....it was one of my questions for the BS and before I could ask I, both BS I interviewed suggested I consider a bilat.....I didn't want to have to worry about BC again and as it turned out doing the prophy was the right decision as I would have had a new primary had I not done the bilat.....its now 7 years and I still think I made the right decision....following my bilat, I had chemo, rads, ooph and took AI's....

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I chose bilat because it was my second time, second type of b/c. Even though it all occurred in the same breast, I didn't want to have to go through this again! I did lumpectomy, rads, & tamoxifen the first time and bilat, chemo (+Herceptin) this time around. I also thought it would be easier for the p/surg to replicate two new breasts (the size of my choosing this time!), rather than try to match the remaining one, should I do reconstruction later. Good luck w/your decision. I'm happy w/my choice.

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie2025's Avatar

      I just had a bilateral mastectomy, even though I only needed the left side done. After going through chemo (to shrink the tumor) and knowing I would need radiation after the surgery, there's just no way I wanted to do that all again if the cancer came back in the other breast. I just didn't want to take the chance. And, I do believe I will get a better result from the plastic surgeon re: symmetry of both breasts. Good luck with your decision!

      over 3 years ago
    • Kats' Avatar

      I just underwent a double mastectomy in April 2013, my left one was prophylactic. I didn't want to go through all of this a second time and I also look forward to the plastic surgeon giving me breasts that are more my choice. Good luck with your decision

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Do you have a breast cancer diagnosis? Or, are you very high risk for breast cancer? I think a frank discussion with your medical team - with all available information in hand - is the only way to begin. After that, it's up to you and possibly some of your loved ones.

      I had cancer on the right and had the double mastectomy - for me, that was absolutely the right choice - times seventeen! I'm rocking the flat chest... No recon for me. I do - I readily will admit = miss my nipples....

      over 3 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      I went the conservative with a lumpectomy in May 2012. Surgical path looked great. I went the following Monday and was told I had microscopic cancer in two of the three sentinel nodes. Mastectomy was the only choice left--I went with a bilateral because my husband and I never wanted to be on this roller coaster again. I did this surgery in June 2012. My final path came back clean--he had got it all with the lumpectomy. Radiation was eliminated and am so glad I went this route. I started reconstruction in February and turned 66 in March. I have the silicone implants put in in July. It is a personal decision but talk to your surgeon and your oncologist. Good luck and hugs!

      over 3 years ago
    • penny364's Avatar

      I had a lumpectomy on May 20 and learned the cancer is widespread in the right side, so mastectomy is the only choice there. I'm going for bilateral because I don't want to have to worry about doing all of this again. The left side will be prophylactic surgery. I'm comfortable with the decision and am checking into options for reconstruction tomorrow. Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      Like the others who had cancer in one breast but choose a bilateral, I knew I did not want to go through this again. Originally I had the option of lumpectomy or mastectomy on my right breast. Who my BRCA results came back positive I immediately choose the bilateral with such s high risk of a second breast cancer. Easy decision for me that I do not regret one bit.

      over 3 years ago
    • Wendylee's Avatar

      Like many of the women who have already commented, I had multiple tumors in the right breast and chose to do a double mastectomy. I don't regret it at all because I have more peace of mind. Ironically, the healthy left side is the one that ended up getting infected, and then the expander began to leak. But, it all turned out okay. I just had my final reconstruction surgery with silicone implants yesterday and have no regrets. I haven't been able to look at the final results yet. I'm choosing not to get the nipple reconstruction. I'm just ready to be done with it all.

      over 3 years ago

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