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Mastectomy and breast reconstruction pros and cons?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Jan 13 6:55pm | Replies (202)

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Be sure to talk with your oncologist and surgeon regarding mastectomy versus lumpectomy for a Stage 1. I was ready to go with bilateral mastectomies for my Stage 2c infiltrating ductal ca and neuroendocrine ca (2nd tumor), but my surgeon mentioned minds are being changed now since even with full mastectomies, all breast tissue cannot be taken out completely and patients can still wind up with breast cancer. In addition, due to the amount of nerves being cut, sometimes women will have nerve pain for the rest of their lives (again, possibility). We went with partial mastectomies and I'm lucky that I've had some nerve pain but that has gone away. I'm not telling you any of this to frighten you, but just to advise you to look at all aspects prior to any surgery. It is a very personal choice and only you can make. By the way, my nipples came through find and the scars are starting to subside. All the best in your decision making and your future health.

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Hi thanks for the information, I have never heard of partial Masectomy what is that? Did you do reconstruction? I am really having a hard time debating all the options and figuring out what to do. I get genetic testing back early next week everyone on my Dads immediate side of the family had cancer and 3 people have died from it, I am most likely at risk.