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Jul 10, 2021 06:39AM
Hi, 60 yr old, received a dx on July 7 from two lumpectomies. I had had 4 torturous needle biopsies in April which came back as pre-cancerous for the left breast but had to wait two months because the sites got infected and turned into 2-inch wide gaping wounds that had to heal before the BS would do a lumpectomy (he didn't do the needle biopsies).
One lumpectomy came back IDC with clear margins except one side and he was saying we could do another lumpectomy with radiation when I reminded him that I had already maxed out radiation to my chest when I was treated for Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma - cancer of the lymph system) in 1992 (6 weeks chest/neck radiation followed by 4 weeks abdominal radiation) so mastectomy here I come!
I've already decided to get a double mastectomy without reconstruction. Aesthetic flat closure is my way to go. Deciding on the double was easy. That radiation treatment I got for Hodgkin's Disease is now listed as a known cause of elevated risk for breast cancer, right after having the gene mutations or having a family history of breast cancer.
I have a appt scheduled with my oncologist on 7/15/21. I see her once a year already because I'm already a two-time survivor (that radiation treatment probably caused my thyroid cancer in 2009) and I have to get a CT done once a yr to catch those nasty other cancers caused by that radiation. Once I see her and let her weigh in on things, I have to figure out if my BS can do the aesthetic flat closure, or if I have to bring in a PS. Then I can schedule my surgery, knock wood, sometime in August.
I can't believe it's only been 3 days. I've been online reading and reading. Trying to figure out what to decide and how to get ready for surgery. It's like a crash course. MP1965 - during my crash course, I read stories from women that wanted to reduce the other breast so as not to feel so unbalanced. It might not be what a lot of people do, but you do what is right for you.
LW422 - this the first time I've heard of someone getting the lymphovenous bypass procedure done with the mastectomy and the PS does it? Is this something new? Hey, what do I know, in some ways, I'm only three days old.
Oh, by the way, just so you don't have to worry if any friend or loved one gets Hodgkin's Disease, they use chemotherapy these days.
6/28/2021, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-