Thank you for your insight in advance?
My BC was more advanced - ended up being Stage III - but I chose lumpectomy. My surgeon emphasized that as long as I had radiation in addition, the outcomes were similar. Some studies have actually said recurrence is a little less with lumpectomy+radiation than with mastectomy. With sentinel node biopsy, cancer cells were found in 5 lymph, so radiation would have been a no-brainer anyway. It has been almost 10 years since my diagnosis, with no recurrence or metastases, so I feel very good about my choice. And if you choose lumpectomy first, you can always go to mastectomy later - you can't do it the other way!
I had lumpectomy because stage 1 and small tumor,however everyone else was having masectomys so I thought I made the wrong decision. My oncologist said I made the right decision! Had my first scan two days ago and still clear! I am taking letrozole side effects aren't to bad! Every woman is different! Good luck!
I'm almost three years out. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and rads. So far so good. Everyone I know who has had a recurrence had radical mastectomies. You just never know, as Lori said all you can do is come to peace with the decision you make, and hope for the best.
I had lumpectomy with radiation. Since my tumor was very small and high up in my breast, the defect is barely noticeable, just a slight indentation. Should my cancer ever reoccur in that breast, my options would be more limited as far as reconstruction goes, but I had a non aggressive stage 1 cancer, and it's already been 6 years, so I really don't worry too much about that. And I always liked the shape of my breasts, and the unknown of what a reconstructed one would look like scared me. And I am very grateful that I still have a real breast with nipple sensation intact.
I agree and was told the same thing as LoriS. I opted for lumpectomy. I don't know if I am going to get radiation or not. If cancer does come back, i will need reconstruction and would like my skin tissue to be healthy. I am still going through chemi treatments do nit sure yet.