• Single or double mastectomy

    Asked by Nmschic1 on Thursday, December 6, 2018

    Single or double mastectomy

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • RoxyMom's Avatar
      RoxyMom

      Mine was ILC and slow growing. I went with single with immediate reconstruction. Only 3 months ago, but I’m glad I didn’t do both. No reason to at this time, and since mastectomy takes away all of the sensation in your breast, I didn’t want to give that up on both sides.

      9 days ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      There is something most people are missing here - your insurance policy. I was Stage II and had a large tumor in my left breast. My surgeon said single left mastectomy. When I asked to have both done, think why go through this again, he said pretty plainly that couldn't be done because my insurance would not cover doing something to a healthy breast. So it was a single for me. So unless you plan to pay for the second breast yourself, I would check your health insurance first.

      8 days ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I’m not sure that is correct about insurance not paying for bilateral mastectomy. My surgeon gave me the option of single or double and insurance paid for the double. I don’t think breast cancer patients have money lying around to cover the cost of having a second breast removed out of pocket. I think sometimes surgeons have a bias when it comes to breast removal surgery. I also believe men can’t imagine a woman wanting to have a ‘healthy’ breast removed. I had a female surgeon and she was very thorough in going over the choices. She completely understood and supported my decision even though she would be removing a healthy breast.

      6 days ago

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