Jun 13, 2013 11:24PM ej01 wrote:
I had a single, very small bit of high grade DCIS, and I chose lumpectomy+partial breast rads. I carefully considered all of my options. At one point in my decision process my emotions took over and I thought the best thing to do (as a mother of a young child) was to make sure I am there for my child in the long term and 'cut them both off'. i also saw a mastectomy as less obtrusive than taking tamoxofin, which has a huge list of known side effects...and maybe other unknown ones. (I hate taking any sort of medicine/drug.) After research, i realized that having a mastectomy was not as simple as having a boob job...there were a lot of potential long term discomforts. I also looked at my relatively low recurrance rate and decided the best thing for me was a lumpectomy (without Tamox). If i have a recurrance, i have no doubt that I will have a mastectomy.
Good luck whatever you decide. Both of the BS that I talked to were OK with either mast. or lump. What is right for me (or anyone else on this board) might not be right for you.