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      So sorry but I'm afraid I cannot help with anything pertaining to reconstruction. It's something I never had any interest in pursuing. I should add I opted for lumpectomy but if I had had mastectomy I had already made up my mind, NO reconstruction. Enough is enough. IMHO.

      9 days ago
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      Different surgeons have their own ideas and techniques. Think about another opinion.

      9 days ago
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      I, like Bengal - had a lumpectomy, but had I had a mastectomy - I would have opted for both breasts and NO reconstruction. I preferred the idea of hanging 'em on the bedpost at night! As I am now - my cancer/surgery breast is a full size small than my 'real'? breast? It matters not in the least to me.

      Anyway, I have a friend that had a single mastectomy, and flap reconstruction with fat. 5 years later she had lost weight and the reconstructed breast became flattish and flaccid and did not match other. She had to go in and then have reconstruction done with an implant. Ask about this - and the pros and cons of what they are suggesting...and then look at your other options. A reconstructed breast sometimes does not deliver what people are hoping for - and sometimes additional surgeries will be on the list. Sending you positive best wishes!

      9 days ago
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    Oh No (Just Diagnosed): I was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago, but it is small (less than 2 cm) and early. It was not a huge shock because two of my mother’s sisters died of breast cancer. I have decided on bilateral mastectomy (not nipple-sparing). If pathology on lymph nodes is positive, I will also have radiation therapy. I am thankful that I have a plan in place, a great medical team, awesome support from family and friends, and good insurance coverage.

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      You also have a lot of people here at WhatNext that will be here for you. Things don't seem so overwhelming once you have a plan in place. Keep us posted on how you are doing. If we can help with any questions that you may have, don't hesitate to ask. Take care.

      9 days ago
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      My thoughts are with you. Mine was detected super early as just "calcifications" seen on a mammogram. You are so right- having a plan in place makes things so much easier to handle. And good insurance coverage- YES.
      Well, now you have the WhatNext team too.
      Just get this thing done and keep us posted.

      9 days ago
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      Great approach! I had bilateral with no radiation or anything 9 1/2 years ago. So glad I did not have reconstruction and go through those problems. Recreational prosthetics suit me just fine!

      9 days ago
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    Welcome to the WhatNext family! The WhatNext family is made up of people like you who are looking for help or looking to help others. To help you along your journey the WhatNext family has put together a Beginner's Guide to Cancer that I highly recommend you check-out here: http://bit.ly/10BQKCi. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to others or ask for help.

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