Nov 18, 2000 - 6:31 pm
Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumor is 2-3cm, not attached to anything. The biopsy says invasive ductal carcinoma, tests negative for all receptors. Margins are involved.
I've met with surgeon, and am currently considering lumpectomy vs. mastectomy (a relative also recently diagnosed has decided to go the whole way and have a bilateral, so that's on the table too). I'm fairly large-breasted, so I know that if I have a mastectomy I will want at least some reconstruction just to feel balanced.
I also met with an oncologist, and I'm told chemo is inevitable, and radiation too, if the nodes are involved.
So now what? Can anyone tell me what pitfalls I should watch for, anyone have positive experiences to share or things I should ask about?
I'd really appreciate a chance to learn from others' experiences.