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Removing a section the size of a golf ball is what I'm told, but I don't even have a mass. Just a small collection of malignant calcifications (DCIS) measuring approx. 1.6cm. And they say Stage 0. So do they really need to take that much?

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Learning About Breast Cancer 9 days
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I'm not a doctor but have read when doing a lumpectomy they also take a margin around the entire area and make sure they get clean margins or otherwise they may have to go back in and remove more. DCIS is a stage 0.
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    • Carla Stormont Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The way I understand it, DCIS can be benign or malignant. I have to trust they are giving me the right info when they say mine is malignant.

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    • Darlene Spivey Profile
      anonymous
      stage_0 Patient

      I have also been diagnosed with DCIS.I am sched for a lumpectomy 11-27.
      I went into the surgeon's office determined to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction at the same time.
      My surgeon and the nurse navigator both told me with my early...

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      I have also been diagnosed with DCIS.I am sched for a lumpectomy 11-27.
      I went into the surgeon's office determined to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction at the same time.
      My surgeon and the nurse navigator both told me with my early diagnoses, that a lumpectomy and radiation was the treatment for me.

      The nurse navigator even told me "it would be cutting off your arm for a hang nail"

      I did have a bilateral MRI, it came back clear. It just showed where the biopsy was done, otherwise, I would still be thinking about having the double mastectomy with reconstruction at the same time!

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    100% YES. I too was diagnosed with micro calculations, 1.6cm, stage 0 19 2012. I had 1st surgery and margins weren't clear so I had a 2nd lumpectomy 5 days later. In 2014 mammo detected more calcifications & I ended up getting a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. With that being said I would recommend your Dr take as much as they need to so they can get it all in one shot. No your breast will not look the same but it may prevent you from xtra surgeries
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  • Janet Stitt Profile
    anonymous
    stage_1 Patient
    Your surgeon should be explaining this, but yes, they need to take as much as needed to achieve clean margins. You don't want to leave any suspicious cells.
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    • Carla Stormont Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I understand about clean margins. But with 1.6cm, it just seems that a golf ball sized section is somewhat overboard.

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    • Janet Stitt Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      I had a large section removed. I was surprised how little it changed the shape of my breast. Only when I lifted my arm I noticed the change. Even my husband thought everything looked the same. You can always ask your surgeon. Some patients...

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      I had a large section removed. I was surprised how little it changed the shape of my breast. Only when I lifted my arm I noticed the change. Even my husband thought everything looked the same. You can always ask your surgeon. Some patients request a mastectomy with reconstruction if the lumpectomy will be very disfiguring .

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