My thoughts are, I would buy the surgeon a nice bumper sticker for her Lexus that says, "Measure twice, cut once." Boy that really stinks. I would either go with her recommendation or get a second opinion from someone who is qualified to give you one for your individual situation. What are you going to do? If they think there's enough there to cause problems, it's easier to put out a campfire than a forest fire.
Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
Asked by Alyce on Friday, September 7, 2012
Pathology report came back. Clean margins on the tumor (slim but margins are clean), took out two nodes. One came back with no sign of cancer, the 2nd node... .35mm worth of indication of cancer. Surgeon is happy with the nodes, will continue with Herceptin until next April and will begin radiation in a few months. Oncologist is good to start radiation as we had already discussed.
Surgeon is not happy on how close the margins were when she removed the tumor. She wants to back in and take out more so she can have a wider clean margin.
Any thoughts on this?
4 Answers from the Community
I have heard this many times in my support group. I was lucky to have clean margins. If it were me, I would not take any chances. Cancer is serious. Better to fight with everything possible than risk that even one cancer cell is left to grow and spread. It couldn't hurt to get a second opinion, but I imagine any surgeon would error on the side of caution. Good luck to you. FIGHT LIKE A GIrl!
If my Surgeon would of listened to me the first time and just given me the mastectomy I wouldn't of had to have two extra surgeries to get the clear margins. Any reason why you didn't choose the Mastectomy? My surgeon said "its a big surgery to recover from" Yeah well so are 3 surgeries instead of 1. Good luck to you. :)
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