I had requested double mastectomy after left breast CA, stage 1, grade 3 invasive ductal Ca. I wish that I had not been swayed. I ended up having a left mastectomy and 3 ops before mastectomy was done.
I would be so much further on in my recovery now as I am still on a waiting list for my original request for mastectony on right and I cannot move on fully until this is done.
I have requested a double mastectomy with immediate DIEP reconstruction after not being able to move on after conventional treatment (WLE, chemo & rads) My cancer was an invasive lobular, grade 2 and only in my left breast. I am being treated through the NHS, and although I've had to wait over a year after active treatment finished, my whole team have been very supportive and my surgery is scheduled for early December. I initially let them dissuade me from having mastectomy which had been my original choice, so if you really feel that this is the way forward for you, please keep at them. Hope you get the treatment you feel you need to make a full recovery. Ann x x
Im a c cup, been told I will be slightly smaller after but hopefully not a bra size...dont want that!! I can have reconstruction on the other side. The breast nurse told me they wont do a double mastectomy until I have this one done first but something they would look into if I was adamant afterwards.
I would definitely ask. I needed a single mastectomy in January however wanted both removed both for peace of mind and for aesthetic reasons. I was referred to the psychologist (apparently it's a requirement of an elective mastectomy) however in the end the appointment with the psych couldn't be fitted in before the op so I saw her afterwards!!! They definitely don't promote elective bilateral due to the size of the operation & the recovery afterwards. But it can be done.
hope this helps ... and best of luck.
Hi guys, Im currently awaiting a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction as after my lumpectomy to remove invasive cancer they also found I have widespread dcis. I have been to see the plastic surgeon who will perform a diep or I can have implants. I know the pros and cons of both and I still dont know what to do. I live alone, Im 43 and only have the help of my Mum while going through this. I wan to look the best I can as I hope to be in a relationship at some point not to far away. If I could have the good boob made to look like the implant both, ie implant in both I think Id go for it, but they have not mentioned this. Views on any of this appreciated.