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May 4, 2013 09:16AM
Hey, all. This is my second time around, too. Just received my initial dx yesterday: IDC, probably stage 1. I will get more details after the weekend. Anyway, this discussion thread has been very helpful. My initial response (after mammo found "something", before dx) was that it WAS cancer (again), and that I would want to be more agressive in treatment this time. After reading all the posts on this thread, I am happy to learn that so many of you that chose bilateral masectomies had relatively "easy" recoveries. I was also happy to hear that some of you still decided on the lumpectomy. As pointed out earlier, having a lumectomy now does not mean you can't have a masectomy later. (Of course, do we want to do it again? NO!) On the other hand, there is a thread for women that have had masectomies and still get a new bc or recurrence. So, having a masectomy now doesn't mean you won't be doing this again later.
Anyway, I haven't made my decision yet. Need to meet with the surgeon and see what he recommends. I may also try to get a second opinion from my onc dr., as suggested by CatFromFL.
My breasts are important to me, but I want to make the RIGHT decision. Of course, I'll never know 100% if the decision was "right". I have resigned myself to another summer at least as bad as 2012. It all depends on what we decide to do.
I know I am rambling, but I also know you all understand that my brain can't seem to stay focused on one particular topic right now. Always jumping around to what if this, what if that...
Thanks so much to all of you for being willing to share your stories. I know that you know this, but: It helps. THANK YOU!!
"Work to live, don't live to work." First diagnosed at 45. Oncotype Score (1st tumor): 14. Oncotype score (2nd tumor): 13.
5/29/2012, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
06/15/2012 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection)
, Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side
08/01/2012 Whole-breast radiation
10/01/2012 Tamoxifen in pill form (brand names: Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone, class: selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM))
5/3/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
06/13/2013 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection)
, Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side
; Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts
: Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast
; Reconstruction of my left breast: Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: Free TRAM flap