Nov 25, 2017 03:36PM - edited Nov 25, 2017 03:39PM by Sourisou
I'm sorry you've found yourself here. Anxiety and waiting is the worst - until you have your final result you just can't help creating monsters in your head. But you have to look at the positive as much as you can - so far it's DCIS, the earliest stage you can have. It seems yours is hormonodependent too, which offers more treatment options. If you're offered lumpectomy, I assume it's not too large either. So yes, for a majority of women in your case, it is "bing bang boom" and they never have to deal with this again! Will you be monitored for the rest of your life? Yes, but I see it as a positive. It means if something bad arises anywhere (in your breast or elsewhere), your doctors will most likely find it at an earlier stage. I come from a place where healtcare can be a bit... slow. But I often joke having cancer 18 years ago has put me in the fast lane for care - I'm seen by doctors much faster and most of all my worries are never dismissed.
If you have questions about lumpectomy vs mastectomy. do read this thread: https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/68/topics... and especially Beesie's post on the first page. You will be able to better evaluate the pros and cons of both methods.
Hugs to you xx