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Topic: BRCA+ and Mastectomy

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2007 10:28AM - edited Sep 28, 2007 10:28AM by tampachick

tampachick wrote:

I am wondering how many women out there with low stage BC that tested positive for BRCA chose a mastectomy over lumpectomy. I had stage 1, triple-, lump w/chemo & rads but now it's 8 mos later and I am wondering if I should have a bilat mast.

Feedback would be great!


33 yrs old (dx 1/24/07, IDC, stg 1, triple neg. Lumpectomy, chemo and rads - done 6/07. One step bilat mast Jan 08 Dx 1/24/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2007 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 1/29/2008 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery 7/30/2013 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Sep 29, 2007 07:39PM - edited Sep 29, 2007 07:39PM by Traci-----TripNeg

Hey Tampachick,

I live like 2 minutes from Oldsmar!

I wasn't low stage but, due to family history, brca +, trip negative, I had a bi-mast (3/21/07) even though my cancer was only in one breast.

If you need a local fellow bc friend, my regular email is

Good luck girl.


Trip Neg BRCA + If I never look behind me, my troubles will be few. Supertramp. Dx 2/12/2007, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, 0/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Oct 5, 2007 08:41AM bisous3 wrote:

Hi fellow Florida girls-

I didn't  have a cancer diagnosis but since I am BRCA 2+ opted for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. I had the Alloderm One Step.....3 hour surgery, back to work (as a dance teacher) 2 weeks later. I am SO HAPPY with my results too.....I feel I look BETTER than before! I can e mail you photos if you'd like.....the surgeon also has some on his website: . I did go to him in NY for the surgery but there are more and more surgeons doing it....I would imagine by now Moffitt has surgeons doing this procedure. It does involve getting implants though, so if you are opposed to that it wouldn't bee the right choice for you. My  e mail is


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Oct 5, 2007 08:45AM bisous3 wrote:

By the way, you girls should consider coming to the F.O.R.C.E. conference May 16 & 17. Its in Tampa , downtown at the Hyatt. I went last year and it was fantastic. It is, in my opinion, the most informative event any BRCA + woman can attend. The president of the organization, Sue Friedman, manages to bring in the top BRCA specialists in the country, including Dr. Steven Narod. (google him)

Check out You can view the 2006 conference on line, but the 2008 one is going to be even better!

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