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Jan 31, 2020 09:06PM
Jan 31, 2020 10:45PM
Thanks Minus Two and Mary!
I'm incredibly thankful for the responses and support from you both!
I suppose my question could have been phrased a bit better.
There seems to be a real struggle to convince my wife's doctor that the preventative mastectomy is something she should do. Although she has been diagnosed with very dense breasts, TRICARE, and our hospital refuse to refer her out in to the community for health care (we still go to a military hospital) for a 3D mammogram. Our hospital doesn't currently have that capability.
Here's what TRICARE says:
"Bilateral prophylactic mastectomies are covered for patients with an increased risk of developing breast cancer who have fibronodular, dense breasts which are mammographically and/or clinically difficult to evaluate, and one or more of the following:
atypical hyperplasia of lobular or ductal origin confirmed on biopsy
history of breast cancer in multiple first-degree relatives*
history of breast or ovarian cancer, also known as Family Cancer Syndrome, in multiple successive generations of family members*"
We seem to be in this place where we have to convince the doctor that a prophylactic mastectomy is the right thing to do. We even have to argue for a 3D mammogram, which we still can't get the doctor to agree to. It seems like the fact that my wife doesn't know her mother, or her mother's side of the family, (particularly their medical history or history of breast cancer) seems to be working against us. This is all despite a medical designation as high risk, based on prevalence of breast cancer on her father's side of the family, and genetic testing.
I wasn't sure if anyone else had to argue and try to convince their doctor of things like this, or if it was just something TRICARE was difficult about
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to listen and respond. I'm so thankful for the support and for this resource.