Nov 16, 2003 - 12:11 am
I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ in July. I have had two excisions(lumpectomies) and they have not been able to get clean margins. My surgeon was willing to try a third surgery, but I decided it was time to do more research. My DCIS is multifocal, low grade. Three additional surgeons have said that they wouldn't feel comfortable that they could get all the bad cancer cells with another surgeon, and that mastectomy was my best option. I have come to terms with this recommendation and am ready to have the mastectomy, but one surgeon suggested a double mastectomy -- because of my age. He said that at 41, I have a 20 percent chance of recurrence in 15-20 years and that at that point, a 50 percent chance that it would be invasive. I would like someone to talk me out of the double mastectomy, but I'm not sure there would always be doubt. Of course, then I consider, most women with breast cancer do not have double mastectomies.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.