you don't have to have a reconstruction, you can choose to live flat if you want. There can be alot of pressure towards reconstruction, but it's a bigger operation and not without its problems, and the reconstructed breast won't have much feeling so is for looks only.
I didn't want reconstruction, and am very happy living flat, have a prosthesis if I want to use it, but most of the time I don't bother.
I am new to the site having recently been diagnosed with Invasive Lobular BC. I hope so much your op and reconstruction went well and I hope you dont think I'm being instrusive. I too am having a mastectomy and the surgeon has recommended immediate reconstuction. I am still waiting to see the plastic surgeon though I know I cannot have the abdominal op or implants due to my age - but was wondering how your op went and what kind of econstruction you had and how you are coping after surgery?
best wishes, Susie
Hi, I was also diagnosed in August with Invasive Lobular BC...was told I would need a chemo/lumpectomy and radiotherapy,however after having my MRI the cancer had spread 5 cms in spiculations from the main tumour which wasnt detected on the mammogram or ultra sound and I now have to have a mastectomy!
I was just about getting my head around having a WLE so when I received the 2nd diagnosis I was totally shocked to say the least! 💗💗💗
I have lobular, I'm too young for screening but found a hard it of breast. Mastectomy showed lobular, 40mm the bit I could feel, and another bit which would make it 80mm in total, but it could be a different focus. Had MRI to check other breast and 40mm tumour there as well that no-one can feel! So going for further mastectomy in 2 weeks. Mine didn't show up well on mammogram or ultrasound, hence the MRI.
Lobular cancers tend not to show up so well on mammograms, and also aren't as obviously a 'breast lump' as ductal tend to be. They also tend to be bigger, as they grow more as a sheet than a blob. But they don't spread as much.
All the best for treatment
Hello All, I am new to this group and am currently in the anger stage of my diagnosis. On August 8th of this year I was diagnosed with invasive lobular cancer. After the first surgery, a lumpectomy and the path report it has been discovered that my tumor is 5 cm and multi centric/focal. They did not get it all so I opted for a mastectomy. The final report is a 6 cm tumor. The reason I’m soooo angry is because I have spent the last 14 years getting a mammogram at the same place every summer so that they would have a history of my images as I have dense breasts. I simply can not wrap my mind around how they missed this. I finally discovered it myself visually when I noticed in the bathroom mirror that the skin under my breast was dimpled. Has anybody else had an experience where the tumor was this large and not found on a mammogram?