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Facing some tough decisions with breast cancer diagnosis. 🤔 Those who've been here, any advice on choosing between lumpectomy and mastectomy? What swayed your decision, and how did you handle the recovery process afterward?

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    • Ceig

      48d

      Well I was diagnosed with a 1a lump in one breast. I was lucky to catch it early. How ever I never questioned getting a double Mastectomy. I had a grandmother and an aunt who died of breast cancer. My mother also had breast cancer and chop the lump ectomy and regretted it. She had problems with it, but never went away. The area where the lump was kept filling up with fluid and then would hurt. They could never figure out why. She said she wished she’d had it removed, and it also was not attractive. Left her with half a breast because when they went in there, it was bigger than they thought. I chose to have the double mastectomy and Le construction. After the scars are almost gone, they look pretty good. It’s been 5 1/2 years now cancer free. I ended up not needing radiation or chemotherapy. I was very lucky and my doctor said I made the right decision. Good luck and listen to your doctors. That’s very important.

    • Ceig

      48d

      Well I was diagnosed with a 1a lump in one breast. I was lucky to catch it early. How ever I never questioned getting a double Mastectomy. I had a grandmother and an aunt who died of breast cancer. My mother also had breast cancer and chop the lump ectomy and regretted it. She had problems with it, but never went away. The area where the lump was kept filling up with fluid and then would hurt. They could never figure out why. She said she wished she’d had it removed, and it also was not attractive. Left her with half a breast because when they went in there, it was bigger than they thought. I chose to have the double mastectomy and Le construction. After the scars are almost gone, they look pretty good. It’s been 5 1/2 years now cancer free. I ended up not needing radiation or chemotherapy. I was very lucky and my doctor said I made the right decision. Good luck and listen to your doctors. That’s very important.

    • Carolina

      73d

      My doctor showed me pictures of before and after mastectomy with breast reconstruction surgeries, and the results were very nice. So I've decided to go for it instead of having some of my breast remove, going through radiation and then living in fear from a recurrence.

    • Lolita

      73d

      Hey, it's very important to ask your surgeon regarding the disadvantages in each surgery. Although lumpectomy may leave most of your breast, you may have to go through radiation therapy, which affects your skin and may cause other side effects. If the tumor is too big or located in a troublesome location, mastectomy may be the only recommended surgery.

    • 55isMe

      110d

      I've had both (2 separate breast cancers, but same breast). So #1 question, what is you genetic predisposition? You should be able to oush your cancer team and your insurance company to test your DNA My first cancer was way back in 2000, so DNA testing wasnt an acceptable thing, plus they only knew about BRCA 1 &2 back then. I dont have them but instead i do have deletion in CHEK2 gene, so there was a 37% chance of another new breast cancer. Plus theres always a chance of reoccurrence (3 to 8% typically for early BC). Your doc can give you all the stats. They are guesses. So biggest questions are: --% return chance and new -- how much would your self esteem be affected by a mastectomy? -- details of how far advanced your cancer was. For me, if i knew that I had that gene mutation i would have required the surgeon to do a double mastectomy the first time. Instead i left it up to him to determine during the surgery. I will say that his surgical ability produced a result that no one else would have ever noticed my lumpectomy. I didnt care, but i was astonished on how well it turned out. Heads up. Even with having BC before. Insurance is reluctant to approve double vs single. They require high risk. That should be changed!!!! I, like many women recently, chose go "go flat". I am so grateful that i did. My body has been post fighting this change. Lymphatic cording going on 4 years now (the first lumpectomy complicates things and recovery near the nerve is not wobderful). I couldnt imagine the extra pain ifbi had chosen reconstruction.

      • 55isMe

        110d

        @55isMe Ps. I seriously have not had any weird stares at my chest or lack of one. I had plenty of stares with bald chemo head. Lots goes by looking at tge bright side. That bald head allowed a number of people to speak up and wish me luck and to share experiences. It really helped them.

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One person shared that they chose a double mastectomy which took their reoccurrence percentage down to <5% and they were happy with the decision as it removed much of the "what if" from their mind. Another person mentioned that they had a lumpectomy for DCIS and finished radiotherapy, stating that it's important to be optimistic and enjoy every day. One person recommended considering where the cancer is and if the surgeon thinks they can make the area look nice after a lumpectomy. They also suggested consulting an oncology surgeon as they deal with these situations regularly.

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