Don't know if this helps but I chose/had a single mastectomy last may and really wasn't that bad all round . Mind you I'm small-breasted.It meant I could avoid Radiotherapy.I'm glad I chose this way.
Warmest wishes to you-so far I've found the waiting and the choosing the worst bit.xxxR
Well, I'm not an expert, but think it is about reducing the risk of getting cancer
I would be asking:
1. If it is recurrent, would radiotherapy stop it coming back again? (or am I just delaying the day I might need an mx anyway?)
2. Is it recurrent, or actually a new DCIS is a slightly different place from the last one (so, therefore, removing this bit, may mean it would occur somewhere else in the breast?)
3. If I had a lumpectomy & rads, how/when am I monitored to check that it has worked and there is no residual DCIS that could become a cancer?
I think I'd then want to know
3. If I had an mx, would that mean that I have no chance of getting cancer in that area? And would I have radiotherapy after the mx too? (if not, is this because in this case, there is no risk left?)
Sorry, not an answer, but hope it helps
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