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I am nearly 68, but had previous Hodgkins lymphoma at age 35, with radiation and chemo. So I am not able to have radiation again. My body has been declining much more quickly than my 67 year age implies (at least some of my health issues are definitely due to the treatments 30+ years ago).

I'm encouraged to hear what your oncologist recommended. I wish there was some data that could tell me it is worth the mastectomy alone (which is also not easy - but easier on the body than the chemo for TNBC). Without your info, I was feeling pretty lost - that choosing that path might really be just wishful thinking. But if it is recommended by Alberta's medical community for those who are older, that means there must be some real benefit.

Being ok with a decision is incredibly important when on a journey as unsettling and uncertain as this one. I'm glad you are there. Hopefully this will help me get there, too.

Thank you so much for sharing your path. Good wishes for continued peace of mind and health to you, too!

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I don't know which companies, if any, offer genetic testing that could provide valuable information about your situation. Buy please research that so, when you have surgery, tissue samples will be held for submission to a genetics testing firm. I'm a big believer in using any avenue to gain valuable information and the clinical biopsies and such, while important, can't measure every variable.

Also is it possible to make an appointment with another oncologist in your area while you wait for an opening at Mayo? You can always cancel an appointment if you need to and someone else will be grateful to grab it who also might be dealing with cancer for the first time and otherwise unable to see someone fast.