Feb 12, 2010 10:46AM GryffinSong wrote:
When I was first diagnosed they thought I was stage one. At that time I was offered a mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation. It was my understanding that radiation went hand-in-hand with lumpectomy, in case there were micro thingies leftover. But as it turned out I was stage two with lymph node involvement, so I had to go the whole nine yards with mastectomy, chemo, rads and hormone therapy.
The decision will include whether you're pre or post menopause. I'm post menopause due to a hysterectomy about seven years ago and I'm not showing any side effects of tamoxifen, at least not that I've noticed. Pre menopausal women are more likely to have side effects.
When you see your radiologist, ask ANY question you can think of. I found mine was very helpful in understanding the pros and cons and in making my decision. You might even bring a friend or family member to help you absorb the choices and chime in if they think of something you've missed.
Whatever you decide, hugs and good luck!!!
bmx, no recon - December 16, 2008, AC/T, radsDx 11/4/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 3/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-