Experience with choosing lumpectomy or mastectomy
I am scheduled for a lumpectomy with reduction/lift in a short two weeks, and I feel like l am losing my mind worrying that I've made the wrong decision. When I was first diagnosed in June, I was totally ready to have a bilateral mastectomy and just get it over with. But, I was prescribed neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and - over the course of the summer - convinced by my breast surgeon to do everything possible to have breast conserving surgery. I've read the studies and statistics. I know she says that if it made a difference in survival, I wouldn't have the choice. But my mind is at battle with itself. I feel almost certain that there's no way they can get clean margins, so I'll be back in for a mastectomy anyway. Or maybe I'm afraid that they WILL get clean margins, and I'll just be left with a nagging paranoia. On the one hand, I feel like the medical community is saying it's stupid to request a mastectomy when I can have a lumpectomy. Then, on the other, I feel like with my tumor/cancer/chemo response characteristics it's stupid not to. Has anyone else been through this?