, I am having a very hard time deciding what to do for my cancer. I had a 3.6mm DCIS removed with a 2mm microinvasive of IDC. I had the lumpectomy but the DCIS margins were close so now I have to either go back for a mastectomy with implant or getting better margins with another lumpectomy and then radiation with tamoxopfin. No lymph glands involved. I saw very sad stories about what radiation does to your brease and then problems with… read more
I was in the same predicament as you. The second go around I choice prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. I do not regret this decision. It also reduced my probability or cancer recurrence.
I would just have the lumpectomy, and if you have no cancer showing I would do nothing else,
The only input I have is this....when I was dx all I wanted was to have the cancer gone and the damn thing removed. Once this was done it was found that I had many lymph nodes involved. You must go with your gut. Once you have radiation, and they find more breast cancer in same breast your only choice then is a mastectomy. After I had my first recon done, it was no problem. But once breast was radiated and I had to have further work done on breast it didn't heal well, I got infections and a whole list of issues. Everything with my recon is fine now. But it was about six years of problems. Radiation makes your skin less playable and it takes longer to heal, etc. Again. Go with your gut. I would never have done my any other way!! Good luck! Lynn
I am going through radiation right now. While it isnt fun I am actually doing much getter than expected (I have very fair sensitive skin and so far so good.)
Have you had a consultation with a plastic surgeon? I was able to have reconstruction and reduction with my lumpectomy and it was all covered by my HMO insurance. The plastic surgeon and surgical onc operated at the same time. I am very happy with my surgery results.
I've just had a lumpectomy it was 2 cm when they took it out so between a stage one I didn't have my lymph nodes taken out because I didn't want them removed and have triple negative breast cancer the margins clear I don't want to do chemotherapy I think it's dangerous and I really don't want to do radiology I though I've just looked at the check list and all of the symptoms they've said are significant unavoidable or frequently occurring risks including late secondary malignancy this is uncommon but they've ticked that one lung fibrosis they said is on Common breast fibrosis is a possible late effect breast pain rib Tenderness cardiac heart muscle damage. it's just sounds awful