Jul 10, 2010 - 7:44 am
My breast surgeon has quoted the following percentages in achieving positive margins afger first lumpectomy surgery:
Positive margin rates vary- my own experience is ~15%. A huge study in England recently showed an 18% rate. In the U.S> overall, probably between 15-30%.
I was astonished to hear it was so low after she relayed this to me after she told me I may have to undergo a second lumpectomy if positive margins were not achieved. During my first visit with her she recommended lumpectomy followed buy corrective surgery on the same day. After meeting w/the plastic surgeon he indicated corrective surgery would take place after lumpectomy. When I asked her about the discrepancy in surgical events she said corrective surgery could not take place if clear margins were not achieved - which I can understand, however I don't understand why it was communicated to me when we first met both surgeries would talke place same day. Now being somewhat doubtful of her expertise.......
As always appreciate input received from this board of brave-brave members.