triple negative breast cancer - mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy?

Hi I have triple negative breast cancer on one breast and agreed at the very beginning to have a mastectomy as oposed to a a lumpectomy. This was due to to the size and aggression of the lump compared to the size of my breast (b cup).

I have not had the braca1 or 2 test as I do not meet the criteria! This leaves me with a missing piece of the jigsaw as the consultant said if I had been braca positive he would hace advised a double mastectomy!


Having done quite a bit of research my opinion is to have a double mastectomy without a reconstruction. I am 99% sure about my decision but interested to hear from others in the same or similar position. I have spoken to several women at the hospital who have had breat cancer three times! This is not for me. My rationale for a doble mastectomy is:

Missing info on braca 1 and 2

Dont want to go through this again, if it comes back elsewhere ie a main organ or brain I will deal with it but do not want to go through breasr cancer again

From a cosmetic point of view i want to be balanced down as opposed to balanced up.

My consultant agreed at the last meeting to follow my wishes but I have since heard she has changed her mind so still need to some convincing.

Anybody out there in a similar position or what to throw in any advice.Thanks


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Lucy BCC

Hi there

I have had a double mastectomy and had implants as no further treatment needed. I had 2 cancerous tumours in one breast and because of family history my consultant advised me to have both breasts removed. I am now going for genectic testing to see if i have the BRAC gene so my girls can be checked.

I think yuo should stick to what you want and try and reason with yr consultant.

Wishing you all the best


Hi there

I was diagnosed with triple negative grade 3 . Complete no brainer to me… Had double mastectomy in nov ember, no recon. I have been fine with the new look and wanted to do the maximum I could to try and prevent it coming back