• 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

      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.

      5 months ago
    • mofields' Avatar

      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.

      5 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      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.

      5 months ago

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