• With a diagnosis of lobular cancer, spread to axillary lymph nodes, I am trying to decide between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy.

    Asked by Quiltstitchsew on Monday, November 19, 2012

    With a diagnosis of lobular cancer, spread to axillary lymph nodes, I am trying to decide between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy.

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Obviously, only uoi can make that decision, however, for me, it was an easy one. I had a 1.9 cm tumor in my left breast, and without knowing if there was lymph node involvement (there wasn't), I chose radical bilateral mastectomy. I did not want to have to worry about the cancer coming back in my breasts. I know it can metastasize somewhere else in my body, but at least I don't have to worry about my breasts anymore. I saw 3 surgeons, 2 plastic surgeons and 2 oncologists before deciding which doctors to use, but it was the right decision for me.

      almost 4 years ago
    • osu2sum's Avatar

      I'm one of the few who had both. I opted for a lumpectomy within a week or so of being diagnosed since I just wanted it out of me. I then started chemo. Since it runs in the family, I got genetic counseling and testing done. When it came back that I was BRCA1 positive, I got a double mastectomy and a hysterectome to limit my chances of it returning from 65% to ~3%. A no brainer - I'm much more than my breasts or uterus. In the end, I think you just weigh the odds of having to go through this again.

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I had lobular cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. It was tempting to go for a lumpectomy, but more comforting to me to have a bilateral mastectomy. I hated the idea of surgery and didn't want to face possible additional surgeries in the future. It's really up to you and what you think you can handle. Finding peace with your decision is the most important thing.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      If I were in your shoes I would chose a mastectomy. Why spend your future worrying every year that you might have invasive cancer at a higher stage than before and go through lymph node removal and chemo and radio. I chose a double mastectomy because I wanted to avoid living my life worrying about future episodes of cancer. Thank God when they removed the sentinal node under each arm they were both clean and I am now cancer free. That is just my opinion, but of course you have to decide what is best for you.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      Talk with your oncologist. For me, I would go with the mastectomy since you may have to do it anyway after lumpectomy. You need to decide what's right for you. In the case of cancer, least invasive, is not always the best option. Hope this helps.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My diagnosis was also Invasive Lobular Carcinoma with Pleomorphic added to the description. I had 8 out of 11 positive nodes. My daughter who is a nurse and my advocate told me on day one that the bilateral mastectomy was the route for me. I totally agreed as I wanted to do everything in my power to destroy this evil enemy. Besides, I did not want to go through additional surgeries in the future. Since my own surgery, I have heard from many women who made the same choice and glad for it. There was one lady who was not sure if she would go for the single or double --she decided on the double -- and was so thankful because the pathology report showed cancer in that breast also. However, everyone is different and have to make their own decision -- after all, they are the ones that have to live with whatever choice they make. Good Luck and please keep us updated.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I didn't have breast cancer, but I know I put myself in God's hands. I asked Him to guide me, I told him I'd follow where he wanted me to go. THEN you have to listen carefully for his 'suggestions'... Listen carefully to the doctors, and with their guidance... along with the very good advise here on WhatNext... Make the decision. God Bless you!

      almost 4 years ago

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