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Apr 17, 2019 11:14AM
I chose mastectomy with delayed reconstruction for some following reasons:
1. I was diagnosed with DCIS, grade 3 and my lump was as big as 4.5cm and very close to my nipple that my breast surgeon didn't recommend me to keep my nipple if I wanted to keep it either for lumpectomy or mastectomy due to its higher risk of recurrence. Eventually, my final pathology after surgery said that I had 0.2cm IDC. I feel like I did a right decision and my surgeon agreed with me. You never know until you have your final pathology after surgery come.
2. My breasts are so small but my palpable lump was so big, so it's likely to have a giant hole left on my left breast if I chose lumpectomy, leading to damage my breast shape. I'm still young (32yrs) and I do care about my look and my breasts very much.
3. My surgeon told me that if I chose lumpectomy, I properly had to come back to the hospital for another surgeries if she couldn't get the margin clear or she found something else in my breast and it could end it up with a mastectomy. I never have gone through any surgery in my life, so I didn't feel I liked to have more than one surgery in a short time. My delayed reconstruction surgery is scheduled in 6 months after my mastectomy.
4. By undergoing a mastectomy, I didn't need radiation and chemo therapies, so complicated side effects, fatigue, hair loss, etc were avoidable. I was told that all my invasive cancerous cells in my breast were removed out of my body by mastectomy. Fingers cross! Now I am only taking hormone therapy (Tamoxifen).
5. For those who have their small boobs and wish to have the bigger ones without spending a lot of money for cosmetic surgery, you could take this chance to get your new boobs. Although I am NOT a fan of big boobs and my boobs are so small (under A cup), it is free for me to get a new size of my boobs and I told my plastic surgeon that B cup boobs are what I need.
Like someone said decision is very personal in every woman. Listen your body and only you can know what you really want and like. Although choosing a mastectomy is my right decision and I won't regret my choice, I had experienced some its side effects: UTIs, impossible to sleep on my stomach, uncomfortable feelings with tissue expander...
10/24/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/10/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
3/31/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)