I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumor was found during my yearly mammogram (all have been completely clear before)and I was immediately biopsied...the result was cancer. I have not spoken to my surgeon yet but spoke to his PA and she gave me all the information and options available to me. My gut reaction is bilateral mastectomy--no question get it out. I don't have a lot of information about the tumor in my right breast, except it is 2.2 x 1.4 cm in size...invasive mammory carcinoma. An oncologist friend has told me there is absolutely no reason to do anything more than a lumpectomy, 6 wks radiation and hormone therapy (likely). He said, "The two breasts don't talk to each other and just because you have cancer in one doesn't mean you have it in the other." I've talked to many people who have either been through this or a family member has. It seems to me that most of them say the cancer came back and they ended up with a mastectomy anyway..even tho my oncologist friend says that is absolutely untrue. "Don't get knife happy." My gut still says bilateral mastectomy. I have a very strong faith in God and trust Him to see me through this. I am not as much scared of it all (tho I'm sure not looking forward to it) as I am scared of making the wrong decision...don't want to make my decision based on fear of the future, but my gut tells me mastectomy. Am I insane? Would appreciate some input here.