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    Decision Point (mastectomy really necessary?)

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      Nonnie917

      From what I have read it sounds like you are doubtful about masectomy and whether or not you should do it. With what you have been diagnosed with I would consider a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. Why keep them and spend your life worrying about your future. Am I going to get more cancer in my breasts or all my lyph nodes? I had Ductal Carcinoma in-situ which is very early localized cancer that was located in the duct. But, when I saw my surgeon for a lumpectomy he discovered a spot the mammogram radologist mist so I had to have a bi-lateral MRI because he wanted to see what this lump was because it was at the 5:30 position and not the 1 and 2:00 position the other two were at. The MRI suggested a tripple MRI biopsy because there were two active clusters in the left breast that the mammo did not pick up. That is when I made the decision to have them both removed. I am glad I did because the cancer was in the left breast too. He got it all and I am now cancer free. I have had my first operation for reconstrucion. I chose to have my own tissue used instead of implants that can leak and after about 10 to 15 years they have to be replaced because they rot. So I also get a free tummy tuck out of this. I have one more operation to go and that is for the doctor to do a complete tummy tuck, finish getting the fat taken out, and he will be shaping my new breasts to look like the real thing. I got the cup size I wanted so he just has to shape and lift them. After all the healing is done the final step is having a nipple made and the tatooing the areola. But, I am having a rose tatooed instead. Why be boring. I have been through a lot so why not. I deserve something fun and the only one who will be seeing them are me and my husband. So please consider your future when making your decision. That is what is important, not the breasts. Why worry about cancer in the future when you can have it all taken out at once. Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
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      Nellie

      I was diagnosed in July with lobular carcinoma, 2cm. i chose not to have a mastectomy. had lumpectomy all margins clear, sentinel node removed-no cancer. four rounds of chemo done and on 2nd week of radiation. email me if you need too. Janell

      over 4 years ago
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