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   Posted 9/19/2006 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted before and thank you for your previous help and support.  Well since my last post I had a MRI and got called back for a ultrasound in my other breast.  Turns out they had to do a biopsy on this breast too.  Awaiting the results.  Was told that my DCIS and Invasive Ductal carcinoma on my right breast was 5 centimeters by 3 centimetes directly behind the nipple.  Can't find out anything from my DR's office, he's been on vacation, about the pathology report stating "that Block B as been sent to genzyme in New York, for breast tumor profile to include a  her-2 neu. "
Radiologist told me that she was not trying to influence me but she wondered if I considered a mastectomy.   Of course I have, confused   now I feel like having a personal pity party.  What's next?

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   Posted 9/19/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Patti))) Pity parties are allowed here. Everyone is entitled from time to time. I am sure the mastectomy recommendation is because of the size of the cancerous area and its location. I don't know what I would do if I were in your situation. But, I am sure there are others who would say off with the breast. I am not familar with the term "genzyme" so will have to look it up to see what it means. What's next for you? Undoubtedly, you will have to make a decision on what kind of surgery you will have. Hang in there, we are all with you. Hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 9/20/2006 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   

There always seems to be a what next? question. Just hang in there and see what your doctor recommends. Remember try and do as much research as you can so that you understand what the doctor talks to you about. Knowledge is POWER.

Like Lauri said, a pity party is fine here.

Hugs and Prayers,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 9/20/2006 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Patti! Gosh, I am sorry that you are having to face this again. But I am thankful that your dr is on top of things. It sounds as though you are going to have some big decisions to make over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, you will be able to talk to your dr and see what he/she recommends. As Candy and the others have said, do as much research as you can. Write down all of the questions that you have and take them w/ you to your dr appt. Knowledge is power! Personally, I would not hesitate to have the mastectomy. Whatever it takes to get rid of the cancer and allow me to live is what would be important to me. As for the pity party. Heck, if we all didn't have one, we wouldn't be normal. Come here anytime. We are here for you.



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   Posted 9/20/2006 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   

This is the best place for a pitty party, and believe me we have ALL had one (or two). This is a frustrating disease, especially when you have no control over it.

As far as the mast Iam going to have mine done in December. I was diagnosed over a year ago, had my lumpectomy but have done alot of soul searching since then. I worry everyday about it coming back so this is my way of being proactive. I do not want to influence you in anyway, I just feel this is best solution for me.

Good luck with your tests and keep us posted.


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   Posted 9/21/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My surgeon wouldn't suggest anything but a mastectomy when I was dx'd on the right side in Jan 96. I, too, don't want to influence you, but I would have the mastectomy.

In Jan 00, I have cancerous microcalcifications in the left side and I told the surgeon I wanted another mastectomy. I don't regret that decision. It's a tough road for you to walk right now but if you look just a little further down that road, you'll see us waiting for you. We specialize in pity parties and I've had my share.

That's why we're here. Just ask your doctor what he would recommend to his wife if she were in your position. They're usually pretty honest.

Hugs, Jo-Ann
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   Posted 9/22/2006 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again, well just got word that left breast is very suspcious pre-cancer, Dr suggest bilateral mastectomy.  So I am awaiting word from his office as to surgery date.  I feel better about everything today, don't think I want re-construction as it would be a lot more to put my body through.  Dr says they will be doing sentinal node on right breast but not on left.  Asked him why was the area in my right breast which never had a lump and now it feels like a large mass.  Was told that it probably was from the biopsy done last month.  Need to call him back forgot to ask about the throbing ache I get in that breast.  With all I have read, that the reconstruction is for looks only, no sensations in either breasts seems futile to do.  Since I am 59 and have a very supportive husband maybe I'll just deal with the scars.  Guess I won't have to worry about flashing anyone.  Have read I will go through a mourning process over the loss of my breasts.  I think I am strong enough mentally to deal with this.  Will keep you posted.  Again, thanks so much for your thoughts.


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   Posted 9/22/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I think bilateral is the way to go, too. I had rt side mast, had reconstruction done and I think I would have rather done the bilateral and gone au naturel......... but if you want to dress up you can always wear prosthesis. When you don't a T shirt and braless is great. There is all kinds of experience here to help you along the way. Hugs MK

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