Dec 15, 2021 09:18AM - edited Dec 15, 2021 09:20AM by waves2stars
Can you add your dx stats to your signature line?
I literally made a pros and cons list of both procedures a few days before I decided. I used clinical data, logistics and personal preferences, including “alternate endings" wherein I could end up with radiation or chemo unexpectedly. None of my imaging, including MRI, showed the DCIS. But honestly, if I had a lumpectomy plus rads instead, it would've blasted all that anyway. But the size and location of my tumor meant mx was strongly suggested by my medical team. It feels like the closest you can get to a crystal ball is the final pathology after surgery, but even that doesn't always mean anything.
It feels like a tough choice, and it is only one of many steps in this mess. But with either surgery you win because the tumor will be out.
Edited to add, my pros and cons list on paper was helpful for my family to see how I came to my decision and why.