• Triple negative breast cancer stage 1

    Asked by Shock on Friday, April 26, 2019

    Triple negative breast cancer stage 1

    Diagnosed with T1 triple negative breast cancer the Doctor gave me two choices- one to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy. He said I have an 8 to 10 percent chance that the cancer might return if I chose Lumpectomy then I would have radiation. This is what I am thinking of doing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Carol1286's Avatar

      I did a lot of research during my five and a half months of aggressive chemo. In the end, I went with a mastectomy with reconstruction. It was the best decision for me.

      8 months ago
    • sharches' Avatar

      I have triple negative bread cancer. I had a lumpectomy 5 years ago. My boobs look loped sided. Two weeks ago I found out my cancer returned. My body won’t tolerate any more chemo or radiation
      Now I have no choice but to do the mastectomy. I wish I had done this before so I would not have to go through this again. Cancer doesn’t give up

      8 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      sharches, I am so sorry about the return of your cancer. What you are experiencing is my darkest nightmare; my heart goes out to you.

      Our doctors give provide us with information about the statistical probability that early stage cancer will recur with lumpectomy versus mastectomy. That's the best they can do. Non recurrence isn't guaranteed by mastectomy either. Even though most breast tissue is removed, there is always some remaining. And, with TNBC, there are no guarantees at all, given the current state of the science.

      If it's any comfort to you, if you're going to recur, a local or regional recurrence believed to be much better than a distant recurrence. I hope your mastectomy gets rid of the all of the cancer for once and for all.

      My heartfelt best to you.

      8 months ago

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