Apr 27, 2003 - 5:03 pm
I am not really sure what I am looking for here, I guess the chance to talk with people who maybe know more about this than I do. My girlfriend was initially diagnosed with DCIS in August 2000 (before I really knew her). Two weeks ago we went in for her 'routine mammogram' check-up and were told that something is there once more. My problem is I am living in Germany, and am still learning the language, so I am having a difficult time gaining info here. I basically go to all the appointments with her, read her old notes and then try to make sense of things (i.e. try and figure out what the english words for things are so I can read up on the net about them). She has a vacuum biopsy scheduled for Tuesday morning and we are expecting that it will confirm that it is malignant. She is 34 years old, her mother died from breast cancer 15years ago. At this point I think there is a good chance that she will opt for a double mastectomy. The loss of the breasts are not causing a great deal of concern so much as the concern of what the reoccurence means for her in the long run i.e. she has read that having breast cancer means that she has a great potential for other cancers. And I am curious too about how effective the double mastectomy is i.e. can we really relax if she has it. I would really appreciate chatting with some patient person/people who can help me throught his a bit...