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I have tubular carcinoma. Should I get a lumpectomy or masectomy?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had IDC grade 2 in my right breast buy I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy for my own peace of mind. I didn't want to go around for the rest of my life checking both of my breasts for lumps everyday and wondering what was going on in there. This does not guarantee that the cancer will not return but the chance of it returning is the lowest I could get. I have not regretted my decision at all, not for one second. I am now in the process of having tissue expander reconstruction. Unfortunately, this is a decision that no one can make for us and it is a very individual thing. Take your time, talk to your family but go with what you feel most comfortable with. Good luck with it all.
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  • Judy Ziegler Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 1994
    18 years ago I had a lumpectomy for tubular carcinoma which was inter-ductal insitu2. I have had a couple of bad scares but remain in cancer free today. I wish you The best. Judy
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I did not have the same type of cancer.... tubular... which is rare. I did have the choice of having a lumpectomy or mastectomy. I chose the mastectomy for the following reasons... If I had a lumpectomy, and they did not get clear margins, I would have to keep having surgery after surgery until they did. With a lumpectomy, I would have had to have radiation therapy. Every day for 6 weeks. I have to take a ferry boat to the mainland, and it isn't that reliable and it is expensive. If I chose a mastectomy, no radiation. The lumpectomy would have been so disfiguring and on the mid-line side of my breast, there was no way to "make-it-pretty" It would always look like a shark took a bite out of my boob. So, for me it was a mastectomy and I also chose not to have reconstruction. I am very happy with my decision. That being said.... it is a very individual decision. As you can read, there were many things that went into my decision so you can't read any one persons reasons and have them all fit for you. Since you have this type of cancer, which again might change your options. Breast cancer isn't just cut and dried. They have become so good at pathology your decision how to treat your breast cancer might be completely different than the next woman who might (on the surface) have the same diagnosis. You don't know what her pathology reads, how large, or how aggressive her cancer is. It's also ok to get a second opinion. My breast cancer and circumstances are completely different than yours and any other woman. Good luck to you and take care, Sharon
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I wish I jad done the mastectomy. When they got in surgery they thought the mass was going to be small but it turned out to be 7.3 centimeters and margins. Reconstruction is going to be hard.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I wish I jad done the mastectomy. When they got in surgery they thought the mass was going to be small but it turned out to be 7.3 centimeters and margins. Reconstruction is going to be hard.
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Is it to late to go back and have a mastectomy? It might make things a bit easier for you.

      almost 8 years Flag

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