Sep 10, 2013 - 10:40 pm
Today I had my first post-op appointment with the cancer surgeon. I had small but agressive cancer in right breast only but decided on double mastectomy to eliminate constant worry that cancer would come back or spread to other side. Pathology showed right breast cancer free, lymph nodes clear, so no radiation or chemo needed. Yay!! Imagine my surprise to hear that the "good left side" without cancer actually DID have cancer plus it was a bit more advanced than the one we knew about. It did not show up in the screening mammogram, the magnification mammogram, or the MRI. I'm shocked! If I hadn't decided on the bilateral mastectomy, I would have waited until next year to have a mammogram on the breast I had left. By that time, it could have been too late. My decision really was the right one and I didn't realize how right it was.