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There is not a genetic component to my breast cancer diagnosis which was triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma stage 3 & very aggressive. I am African American who was in good health, age 61. Should I have a bilateral masectomy?!?

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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    You need to gather all of the info you can and then discuss your options with your doctor(s). I had just turned 62 when I was diagnosed over 4 years ago. I chose a unilateral mastectomy, chemo, rads, and am now on a hormone blocker. When asked why I chose a unilateral rather than a bilateral mastectomy I tell them the other one was and still is healthy. I have a yearly mammogram on that breast, still see my Oncologist every 6 months, and my RT once a year. Everyone's cancer is unique to them hence a treatment plan is individualized. Take a deep breath and try to relax and you will be fine.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a lumpectomy in 2012 for low grade non invasive BC. In 2014 cancer returned in same breast so I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Looking back & having more knowledge I would have had mastectomy first & avoided the other 2 surgeries. Being 46 & loosing your breast was a hard decision to make @ the time so lumpectomy made sense. At the end it's your decision. Anything aggressive I would look to remove. 🙏🏾
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  • Jody F. Profile
    anonymous
    stage_3a Patient
    Yes go for it. Especially if aggressive. My chemo shrunk my tumor so my drs gave me decision of lumpectomy or mastectomy. I reluctantly chose lumpectomy (with reduction). I didn't have clean margins so had to get mastectomy week later. Better safe than sorry. Good luck !
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  • Misty Powers Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed in Feb with Invasive Medullary carcinoma, triple negative, stage 2 at the age of 36. A month later, I elected to have a bilateral mastectomy. It was a tough decision to make and come to terms with. But with my family history of cancer, I knew my answer. I also started the reconstruction process at the same time. It's definitely been a long road here, but I'm so glad that I made the decision that I did for me and eliminated as much of the risk of reoccurrence that I possibly could. I'm now half way in my chemo treatments and on the downhill slope.
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    It really is a personal decision. I was first diagnosed with triple negative at the age of 54 in 2009 and had a unilateral mastectomy. I was stage 2 grade 3. I had a new primary cancer appear in the other breast in 2013. It did not spread, it was a new primary cancer which is rare I guess. Anyway, everyone is different but if I had to do it over again I would have gone with the bilateral mastectomy the first time since I had to do the mastectomy and chemo all over again. That doesn't mean the same would happen to you though. I am doing fine though. I was in great health too. I think just decide what you feel comfortable with and go for it. I wish you the best. It's incredibly scary at first. Once you get a plan, you'll feel better. I wish you the best.
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