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Aug 17, 2011 12:28AM
, edited Aug 17, 2011 12:30AM
If you go with a lumpectomy, you will pretty much have to have radiation to zap any cells that are left. Otherwise you may be in this same boat a couple of years from now. They say that a lumpectomy plus rads = mastectomy as far as survival. However, I was told that a lumpectomy had a 8-14% recurrence chance in the same side, while a mastectomy had a 3-5% chance recurrence.
I am one of those who was totally eligible for a lumpectomy and opted for a total mastectomy to avoid the radiation. I did not want to put my body through more after chemo than I had to. And having four kids, going for radiation every day for 5 weeks seemed daunting.
It's a personal choice. Also, if you have radiation, you can never have it there again, in that same side.
It all depends on how important your breast is to you. I understand - we're young (I was 41 last yr on my diagnosis). But for me, I'd already breastfed my four kids - having it off was not a big deal to me. My breast surgeon argued with me, but I made my choice and have not regretted it for one single day. But for other women, it would be extremely traumatic to have to have a mastectomy when they could have had a lumpectomy.
Just be aware that if you have the lumpectomy, you will need to have radiation. Not to do so could have dire consequences.
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