lumpectomy failure now masectomy!!

Feeling bad today went to hospital for results of lumpectomy,doctor tells me two tumors removed 10times bigger than what they expected now i have to have a masectomy,please i hope theres someone out there to give me some reassurance??

Hi avy62, 

I am sorry to hear you are going through this anxious time and I am sure some of our users will be along to offer their support soon. 

In the meantime you can always call our helplineon 0808 800 6000 who will be able to talk to you about the results of your lumpectomy, any questions you may have about a mastectomy and offer a friendly ear. The opening hours are below. 

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Best wishes,


Hi there. Sorry to hear that things haven’t gone as you hoped for. I am in a similar situation in that the initial lumpectomy removed a 2cm tumour, but this revealed a wider area of DCIS or precancerous cells that needed to come out too. I opted for a mastectomy rather than go back potentially several times until a clear margin was achieved. It was a difficult decision but the surgery went fine and I was in no more discomfort than when I had the first surgery.  From what I have read on this forum it is not unusual to end up having a second surgery, so even though you may be feeling despondent now, try to think of it as the best option for you, and also to bear in mind that surgeons are geniuses with reconstruction these days if you decide to have it. I opted not to for now as I need chemo and maybe radiotherapy but haven’t ruled it out.  The most important thing is to get rid of those lumps and get you on the road to recovery, so I hope this has offered you a little reassurance as I understand how you are feeling, but am really glad now that I had the mastectomy.  Take care of yourself and please feel free to ask me any questions. Jo. X

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Hiya.the same thing happened to me when i went for results of lumpectomy op.i was totally shocked but was told i could have the mastectomy done one week i didn.t have time to think about it.the op went very well+ i was glad that they had finally got all the bad cells.i had no pain at all+ was given great after care. Dont be frightened.fight this unwelcome visitor all the way!! Good luck xx