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    Decision Point (treatment): Treat this 1st or breast cancer

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    Decision Point (Single or double mastectomy? )

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      I had a single mastectomy in February 2020. My surgery was about 3 weeks before the world started shutting down. I don't have a family history of breast cancer that I know of. I do know my paternal grandmother had breast cancer, but it doesn't typically pass from the paternal side.

      Anyhow, there was no evidence of any disease in my other breast and I was HR+/HER2-. I had DCIS and started off with a lumpectomy, but they kept chasing the margins and reached the conclusion that due to the extent of DCIS, that my breast was going to be so disfigured that a mastectomy was going to be a better option for me.

      I had tiny calcifications that were not even palpable. It might have still been years before I had a lump and maybe by then the stage would have been far worse. I had skipped several years of mammograms (at least 3) just because my breasts are small and I had never had any abnormalities before. I just didn't expect to find anything. My doctor made the appointment and told me to show up. I am so thankful he did.

      I have just now gotten used to the idea that I might be "okay" and never have to have the other breast removed. I don't know that for sure, but I have finally gotten used to just having one breast right now. I might have considered reconstruction before now but.... COVID. My surgeon, who is the head of my care team, does not like to do reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy in case there are any complications with surgery. I have a flap which is fine. I am okay with having a prosthetic. It's not that troublesome to me.

      I cannot tell you what will be the best for you. I would say if "I" had a family history of breast cancer or any other hormone driven female cancer, or a personal history of any other kind of cancer, I would probably have gone ahead and done what I could to have a double mastectomy. There are times I wish it could have been done just to get me "even" but that's purely aesthetics and not medically necessary or prudent for me.

      I wish you the best of luck and I hope you have a wonderful care team to help you balance all of your choices and alternatives. I hope you have a supportive family and community to rally around you. I can assure you that you have that here in this group.

      4 months ago
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    I had 2 surgeries without even questioned if I wanted that.The surgeon took the lump out and about 2 weeks after I had the 6 lymp noyds taken out.It all happened in a month than oral chemo and radiation started .Then started apps with a oncologist.

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