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Requesting a double mastectomy


Requesting a double mastectomy

Good afternoon, 


I have stage 3c inflammatory breast cancer. I am currently having chemotherapy and I will have a mastectomy around March time, followed by radiotherapy.

When I was originally diagnosed I requested that I had a double mastectomy. I was told no and I was possibly thinking that way due to the shock of my diagnosis etc. 

It's been 4 months now, and my views on this are getting stronger. I am not a suitable candidate for immediate reconstruction. And the thought of being lob sided is giving me so much anxiety. 

I'm comfortable with being flat, I've never been a person to have my boobies on show or wear revealing clothes in that manner. I've been trying to research about the statistics around this to enable me to bring my case forward. Has anyone got any links that would help or any advice please?

I'm 37 and I just want to be able to finish the most intense part of my treatment once radiotherapy has done and move on with my life.

Thank you for reading x

Community Champion

Hi Msjobo - first of all a big welcome to the forum. I really hope you will find support and help as you make your decision. I’m sorry I cannot help with your question myself, but I wonder if you have searched across the forum to see if you can find previous threads/topics where this has been discussed? I hope someone else will come along, but in the meantime I thought you might have a look at previous discussions. I know I have read similar questions.

From what you write it sounds like you have thought this option through very carefully. I think you have to be very firm with your team and I think I remember reading that you may have to see a psychologist too. I did ask my surgeon, he said no and I left it at that as I wasn’t as definite as you are about having both done.

If there are any other questions I can help with, or if you just want to chat things through, I’m very happy to help. My very best wishes as you go forward, Evie xx

Community Manager

Hi Msjobo83,

Thank you for your post.

I am sorry you haven't had any response yet. I am hoping my response will help our members to see your post and share their advice and experience.

In the meantime, please remember that for any clinical question our breast care nurses are here and happy to talk.

Sending you our best wishes,