Oct 28, 2009 - 3:39 pm
Hi...I was dx'd with Stage III IDC at the end of June and started chemo (TAC) on 7/17/09. (My last chemo is this Friday. YEAH!!) I'm 41 years old.
I am scheduled for a right mastectomy & removal of lymph nodes on 11/30.
My surgeon recommended the single mastectomy and said my risk of getting BC in the other breast is no more than usual, about 1%. However, if my genetic testing comes back positive, she will perform a bilateral mastectomy to reduce my risk. (Testing won't be back for another 2 wks or so, but with a lack of family history of BC the chances are it will come back negative.) I am extremely comfortable with my surgeon and I want to believe this, but I just wonder if the anxiety & worry about getting BC on the other side is going to do me in.
I am uncertain about reconstructive surgery at this time.
If mastectomy was recommended for you, did you just do the one or did you opt for both? Did you have to convince your surgeon to do a bilateral? How did you do that?
Thanks in advance for sharing!