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Topic: Mastcetomy plus breast reduction

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 07:49AM - edited Sep 11, 2021 08:05AM by pilotpair

pilotpair wrote:

I am 72 with D size breasts and cancer in my right one. My female surgeon is going to do a mastectomy (I don't want reconstruction) but suggested I also have my left breast reduced as well as lifted.

From what I've read, the breast reduction is a more complex surgery than the mastectomy itself, but my surgeon says the recovery time will be about the same.

I would love to have a smaller breast, especially as I age, but not sure if it's worth it.

Has anyone had this?

P. S. I am also considering bilateral mastectomy instead. I had lumpectomy in right breast 9 years ago.

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Sep 11, 2021 09:11AM Moderators wrote:

Hi pilotpair and welcome to!

We're so sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis, but we're really glad you've decided to post, even though it looks like you've been a member for quite a while. You're sure to get some great advice here soon!

In the meantime, we wanted to point out this page from the main site on Altering the Opposite Breast -- there's some helpful information on Breast Reduction and Breast Lift.

We hope this helps! Please keep us posted with what you decide and how you're doing.

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Sep 11, 2021 10:02AM MountainMia wrote:

I didn't have mastectomy and reduction, but I did have lumpectomy and reduction. The reduction was the more complicated surgery, but the recovery was still pretty easy. Good luck with the decisions and the surgery.

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Sep 11, 2021 02:01PM Carpe-Diem wrote:

Hi Pilotair

When I had my first mastectomy and reconstruction of one breast back in 2014, I went to the plastic surgeon a few months later, to have my good breast reduced and lifted so that they would be the same size. I had to go back for a second reconstruction a few years later. The reduction and lift was not very difficult at all. It was an hour or so and you head home. I felt a little tender for a week, but that was it. Ironically, I recently was diagnosed with second breast cancer in reconstructed breast, and I had another full mastectomy and decided to go flat. My healthy breast is still there. I am considering getting it reduced again so to take some pressure off my back and also I don't have to wear such a large prosthesis form on the other side of my chest. I found the reduction and lift to be a relatively simple surgery and recovery. If it makes you feel good, why not?

Dx 2021 Metaplastic Spindle Cell Triple Negative Dx 12/12/2013, ILC/IDC, Left, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/3/2014 AC Chemotherapy 2/27/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 5/12/2014 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 6/30/2014 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/9/2014 Surgery 1/21/2021 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 1/29/2021, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/25/2021 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/30/2021 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 11, 2021 02:50PM reflect wrote:

I had reduction to match lumpectomy breast size. it wasn't difficult and I am very glad I did it.

Hormonal Therapy 9/19/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/30/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 2/3/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/24/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/13/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary

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