20-01-2019 09:33 PM
08-01-2019 09:36 AM
I was a 38C and had a mastectomy. It's actually fine and you don't look particularly lopsided in clothes afterwards. I went for a mastectomy because I didn't want to have to go bck for further surgery if the margins weren't clear; also my aunt has had breast cancer 4 times, so I just wanted as much breast tissue as possible removed!
They since found cancer in the other breast, so had another mastectomy and although I have prosthetic boobs I don;t wear them. If you go for no reconstruction there;s a group called flat friends who are very friendly and helpful.
All the best
07-01-2019 09:47 PM
Feeling incredibly stupid and not myself. Just joined and posted before getting my act together. Thinking about my bones and having read soo much stuff I confussed BC with a bone issue.
Reality will sink in and I am sure BC will be stamped in my brain in future.
Anyone else been diagnosed and has bone issues ie osteoporosis I would be pleased to hear from you.
07-01-2019 09:36 PM
Hello can someone tell me what BC stands for.
I have just been diagnosed and am in a simillar situation. Choosing between maesectomy only or wide local excision with radiotherapy. I have osteoporosis and am concerned about radio therapy but terrified by the thought of looking at myself after a maesectomy. I go back to the hospital next Monday to agree a way forward and am not naturally a good decision maker I am very scared. I do not want reconstruction but am self conscious and appearance conscious. I do not have a large bust 34 b . The osteoporosis scares me too. I have been told if I opt for maesectomy I shouldnt need any other treatment. I know many drugs have a detrimenatal l impact on bone density.
30-12-2018 05:56 PM
I love your approach. I have only just been diagnosed and am scheduled to have an MRI next week to discover the extent of the cancer. A mastectomy has already been mentioned. As I have lumps in both breasts, it is something I am seriously considering. Like someone else said, I don't want to have to go through all the tests and stress again.
Thanks again for the positive slant.
28-12-2018 08:41 PM
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21-12-2018 10:09 AM
I have just decided to go for another reexcision as one margin from my original surgery was not clear enough. I was told that the guidelines state I should go for a mx but I am not ready for that. I have to have surgery anyway for an axillary clearance so I want to give it one more try. Maybe not the choice other people would make but it is the right choice for me at the moment. If I have to eventually have a mx then I know I did everything possible to avoid it. Its a difficult decision and not one that I wanted to make but my third surgery is booked for 10th Jan and I am hoping and praying that I have made the right choice. Good luck with whatever you decide.
21-12-2018 08:45 AM
I was offered a wide local excision with radiotherapy or a mastectomy. I went straight for the mastectomy without reconstruction. My aunt has had breast cancer 4 times, and although they haven't found a genetic cause, it does seem likely as there's also a great aunt who had ovarian. It's actually a good job I went for the mastectomy, because it was bigger than they had expected.
I couldn't face the thought of further operations if excision was incomplete. Also just having the rest of the breast there waiting...
I went for no reconstruction because I'm not particularly attached to my boobs, they are quite small, and I didn't want a looong operation. Also didn't want anything foreign in there which might make it harder to detect a recurrence.
A mastectomy is not that big an op without reconstruction - mine was a daycase! The op takes around 2 hours.
Tuns out I need chemo and radio anyway due to lymph node involvement.
Good luck whatever you decide!
Oh, and if you go for mastectomy without reconstruction, look into a group called flat friends, very helpful.
20-12-2018 07:31 PM
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