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Anyone regret having a mastectomy??

jenna2500 Member Posts: 6

hi everyone......has anyone regret having their mastectomy surgery? if given the choice between lumpectomy or mastectomy? im just having a hard time deciding. i know i dont want the hormone therapy pill.


I'm ER+ PR+ HER2-


  • denny10
    denny10 Member Posts: 421
    edited July 2022

    Hi jenna, I chose a mastectomy and do not regret it. In hindsight I would have had a double, as my cancer returned in my remaining breast. I had hormone therapy for 3 years with minimum side effects before progression. However, we are all different and must try and make the best decision for our physical and mental circumstances . Good luck , whatever you decide.

  • rrobin0200
    rrobin0200 Member Posts: 80
    edited July 2022

    I do not regret having a double mastectomy, but I DO wish I had my nipples removed. At the time (5+ years ago,) I wasn’t fully educated on nipple tattoos etc., so I chose to keep my own. Nipple tattoos have come such a long way, and they look so natural.

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 8,216
    edited July 2022

    Hi Jenna!

    May we suggest that you check out the following article from our main site: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy.

    We know it's not easy, but hope we can all help you make the best decision along with your medical team. Keep us posted.

    The Mods

  • serendipity09
    serendipity09 Member Posts: 769
    edited July 2022


    I have no regrets. You just really need to be sure you do what you want. I will tell you that I did mourn my breasts at first, but I had just finished treatment and my emotions were all over the place. I was good by the six week mark.

    I was also lucky in that the recovery was quite easy for me. The most bothersome and annoying part were the five drains.

    It's a very personal choice and not an easy one to have to make.

    I hope you find peace in whichever procedure you choose.

    Best wishes to you!