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soniat
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Re: Mastectomy needed

It’s a hard time dealing with cancer and what the future holds. I was told I had to have a mastectomy and it was a shock. I was convinced I would have chemotherapy first to shrink tumour them lumpectomy. I had my operation Tuesday and I am doing well. The way I started to deal with it was at least it’s all gone small price to pay if it safes your life. I was going to have implant surgery at the same time as mastectomy but have decided to wait until all treatment is finished. You can do this and come out stronger but remember it’s your body your journey. 

Wish you well xx

Naid
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Re: Mastectomy needed

Well done for pushing for a second opinion, whatever the outcome you'll be able to make a more informed decision and if it does confirm the original diagnosis you'll feel more confident in the cancer team involved. 

 

I'm glad you're feeling calmer. A cancer diagnosis is very hard to process and adjust to and being right at the beginning of the journey is especially tough. 

 

I'd love to hear how you get on (as long as you feel comfortable)

 

Naid x

cornishmum
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Re: Mastectomy needed

Thank you so much for your reply. I have opted for a referral to another hospital as I would appreciate a second opinion, even if it is to confirm the original diagnosis. I have three areas of micro-calcifications in my right breast and when the third biopsy came back to confirm high grade DCIS in the areas furthest apart it was then recommended to have a mastectomy.

 

i have become much calmer over the last couple of days since having a talk with my wonderful GP and hope to move forward with the other hospital, whatever the outcome.

 

thank you again.

Naid
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Re: Mastectomy needed

Hi, firstly, so sorry to hear your news. There's nothing that can prepare us for the shock of a cancer diagnosis. It seems to come out of nowhere and then everything happens so fast it's hard to think straight. 

 

Have you asked your doctor why they have chosen mastectomy over lumpectomy? At my local hospital these decisions are made by MDT (multi-disciplinary team), basically this means all of the breast cancer oncologists, surgeons and radiologists meet to discuss your results and decide treatment options. It might be worth contacting your breast care nurse to find out why they elected for a mastectomy. It could be due to the location of the cancer in your breast, size of the lump etc. 

 

Also, don't be afraid to tell her how you're feeling. Yes, it is positive that it's been caught early, but being diagnosed with cancer is an awful experience. I have yet to meet a woman who wasn't shell-shocked and devastated by the news (especially in the early weeks). Your breast care nurse might be able to put you in touch with a specialist psychologist or counsellor who could help you. If not I found the Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan helpline's really supportive. Breast Cancer Care also have a service called 'Someone Like Me', if you contact them, they can match you up with someone who has been through a similar experience and you can talk to them on the telephone (I found this useful in the run up to my surgery)

 

I'm sorry I can't help regarding reconstruction but hopefully other women will see your post and respond soon. If not, it might be worth posting in the 'diagnosed with breast cancer' section, it seems to get more traffic xx

cornishmum
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Mastectomy needed

I had my three yearly mammogram in April. After being diagnosed wth high grade DCIS five weeks ago in my right breast and having three biopsies, my hopes of a lumpectomy have been replaced with the prospect of a mastectomy. I feel so sad. I have asked for a referral to another hospital but I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing, just delaying the inevitable. I can't imagine how I will feel after treatment, or what the best reconstruction would be. If there's anyone out there who can bring a ray of light to my world, I would love to hear from you. I'm 58 and know I should feel grateful that it has been caught early but it's hard to see it at the moment.