Many Blessings for the New Year
Life may not be the party
we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as
Thanks Candy for the advice. I'm curious about how women feel about biopsies and surgeries. I just learned that an old friend had cancer with a calcification that was much smaller than mine, ( I have two and two other suspect areas- all in one breast) She opted to have everything removed during the biopsy - she said that the doc could tell from the mamm that it was cancer and so she skipped the biopsies to check and just went ahead to remove. It was later found cancerous. When does this become the smart thing to do? I'd rather be poked in four sites once and get rid of it all than check it out, watch it and go in later to remove. Is this an option?
Yes it is an option. Except that it depends on how much mass would have to be taken from each site and what size your breast is. Your doctor should be able to guide you. Just do everything it takes to get the right dx.
I really never had an opinion about surgeries. It was what I needed to do and what all my doctor's recommended. My general surgeon is like a dog with a bone and was suspicious of pathology findings. He just kept me going clear through lumpectomy to get the correct results. He did not want to take any chances. I ended up needing a mastectomy and I am one of the lucky ones, I can actually say it is all gone and will not come back. I had a very rare type of cancer in the breast, not really a typical breast cancer. Just same treatment and procedures.
Just be sure to ask questions and record answers. Research as much as you can. Knowledge is power. You are in control. I will pray for good decisions and good results.
Love and hugs,