Jan 28, 2021 11:03AM moth wrote:
I think you need to wait for your biopsy results and see what they say because it could be that the breast surgeon changes their recommendation and a lumpectomy might no longer be the preferred surgical option anyway.
I think if you are given a choice, with lumpectomy vs mastectomy the thing I keep coming back to is that we fixate on the mammogram screening & possible callbacks but I think that's a mistake as it's not the risk of local recurrence that is worrisome, it's the distant/metastatic recurrence... and both surgeries have the same long term outcomes according to numerous studies.
I get it - because I had to have a stereotactic biopsy on the other breast during treatment for the original breast cancer & at one point I was thinking "jeeeeeeez, just cut them off already" but when I reviewed the literature again and considered what my surgeons said again, I settled back to being comfortable with my decision.
As always, take the time to speak with your team, know your priorities, know the stats and make the choice that's right for you. Best wishes!
Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the OddsDx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone