Nov 21, 2002 - 4:03 pm
I'm 50 years old, have had about 10 breast biopsies (needle or excisions) done in the last decade because of fibrocyctic disease in both breasts, and just recently found out that I have DCIS in my left breast (with comedonecrosis). With all of the problems I've had, I had made my mind up long ago, that if I ever was diagnosed with any kind of breast cancer, that I was going to have bilateral mastectomies performed. However, after talking to the surgeon and oncologist, I'm now wondering if I should just have the lumpectomy, radiation and tamoxifen to the left breast. The surgeon sounded like he wouldn't perform a prophylactic mastectomy on the right anyway, since the only family history of breast cancer I have is my paternal grandmother.
If you've been in a similar position, I'd really appreciate it if you could let me know what procedure you had performed, and if you're still happy with your decision.
Thanks for your help, as I'm really having a hard time trying to decide what to do, since the 15 yr survival rate is the same for both--providing that you continue to have regular check-ups and mammograms.