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2 posts since

2 Jun 2020

Diagnosed and of last month. Just a week after mammogram, biospy and scan all in one afternoon. Really scary and anxious. On medication which I started the next day. Now got date for op, which is more scary. Cannot decide on lumpectomy or mastectomy. Just too worried. 

14 posts since

23 Dec 2019

I’m due to have my mastectomy this month without the choice I’m scared it’s major surgery and I don’t cope well with pain. I’ve posted on here also for some tips and experiences of others who have gone through the same.

215 posts since

22 Aug 2019

Hi Manancy,

Appreciate you’re worried and anxious but I strongly recommend taking some time to research the options you’ve been given and consider how these fit into your priorities in life. Its unfortunate but sometimes people find themselves pushed to make a decision as time can be tight and without adequate homework may make a decision they later regret….if you’re in this situation challenge your team to help you and push back if you feel too pressured.

 Regarding “research” have a look on here, also you may find MacMillan & Breast care now websites/helplines useful – avoid most of the suggestions on google as they can be ill informed & out of date.

Breast care now offer a “someone like me” service where you can talk to those who have been through the options you’re being given – that may help?

In my opinion (and its only my opinion!) mastectomy is more belt & braces and may put your mind at rest re any recurrence (though it may not recur of course) but is obviously a much more invasive operation and will take more recovery time.  Also would you want any reconstruction?  You may not need with a lumpectomy.

I’d also ask your BC support team to run through the pros & cons for you in terms of post operation & longer term outlook given your diagnosis as different BC types can impact in different ways in the longer term.  Ask them what the chances are of needing a mastectomy following a lumpectomy as it does happen.

 

Sorry but there’s lots for you to think about & decide, like Lupita I didn’t have a choice in the RHS so easier in many ways.  I would however point out that the mastectomy operation is really straight forward and not very painful in itself, I was feeling quite able after 4 weeks (though still recovering), I had a lumpectomy in LHS and that was really straight forward with very short recovery time (hardly noticeable but then I did have RHS missing!).

Good luck with whichever you decide.

Sam

 

5 posts since

3 Jun 2020

Hello – if you have a choice, my advice is go large. Reconstruction easy-peasy these days, so maximise your chance of getting the whole lot first time. The whole thing is bloody terrifying. I wanted both breasts off straight away I was so scared. But they said that really wasn’t necessary. I had a lumpectomy on the advice of the surgeon with some lymph nodes taken to check for spread. I like my smaller breast a lot although it’s barely noticeable! The surgeon says she can make the other one smaller to match if I choose. 

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