Thanks Mai, really appreciate your thoughts, will give the nurses a call in the morning to discuss further.
This forum is so helpful. Keep safe xx
Thanks so much for your reply Shi, yes the consultant did mention uplifting the other side , this was before covid got so bad, but I don't think that would be done in the current situation. I just feel I would like to keep some of my breast but am sure everyone feels like that! It's hard to talk it over with the nurses over the phone, they have all been super but I know they are so busy.
Thanks again xx
Hi Helen111, glad you found our lovely forum. It must be difficult to make a decision if you’re presented with choices. I had to have a mastectomy and full lymph node removal. I’d be guided by your surgeon. If they think there is a good chance of clear margins from a lumpectomy then, as you suggest, it may be an easier recovery (physically and mentally to be honest). Of course you ultimately have to decide what is right for you and I understand your concern about extra hospital visits during COVID19 for radiotherapy. Best wishes and I hope all goes well. Xx
Helen ❤️ If you would rather have mammoplasty speak to your consultant and discuss further, try and be levelled up the other side at same time if you opt for mammoplasty. I just had one side done and wish I’d been levelled up at same time, but at the time I was just focused on getting it out and nothing else. You might have drains too, have they discussed that with you? Whatever you decide do it for you, ❤️💕💕✨✨Shi xx
Hello all, thank you for all the helpful posts on here, I have found them inspiring and hopeful through some difficult times recently. I was diagnosed in mid Feb with a 30mm ductal carcinoma Grade 2, HER2 negative, ER positive. I have had MRI and PET scans as there were concerns over enlarged nodes, however these seem clear which is good.
Due to the covid situation, like many of you I have started on Tamoxifen, been taking them for a week now and not too many side effects so far. It looks like I may have my surgery in the next 6 weeks but no definite date yet. What I wanted to ask you brave ladies is re. my choice for surgery - originally the consultant said I could have a therapeutic mammoplasty (I think this like a lumpectomy with breast tissue rearranged, correct me if I am wrong please!). My home situation is complicated by my youngest child having additional needs - he is 7 and very physical, with learning disabilities and behavioural issues. As schools are closed, he is at home all the time which is incredibly challenging. The consultant suggested that if the removed tumour doesn't have clear margins, I may have to go in again for more tissue to be removed. Therefore I opted for a mastectomy, although reconstruction won't be possible at this time.
Now I am having second thoughts and wonder whether I should go back to the mammoplasty and if I have this, I will then need radiotherapy which puts me at risk due to covid. However it would be a smaller op to have done and recover from, with a very active child bouncing around at home.
Not sure I am making sense here, I guess I wondered if any of you had had to make the choice between the two options and what decisions you made.
Your thoughts would be very gratefully received, sorry for the long post and thanks for reading this far!
Very best wishes, stay safe and well all x