Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
I was diagnosed over a year ago with stage 0-1 DCIS in my right breast. I had a lumpectomy which was followed by radiation therapy. I was told to take Tamoxifen for the next five years to give me a 2% higher chance of survival. I opted out since my survival rate was already considerable without the nasty side effects of the wonder drug.
It's one year later and now I'm facing a possible recurrence. I have three new cysts in my left breast (originally unaffected) with a couple of big fibrous areas carrying new calcifications. I will have aspirations and biopsies tomorrow with test results on Friday.
I'm giving you insight into my story because I have no family history of breast cancer and I was diagnosed at the age of 39.
After much thought and discussion, with my doctor and family, I am deciding on a double mastectomy but I will know better on Friday. Why am I leaning toward a mastectomy? I don't want to continue looking over my shoulder worrying if it's back once a year or even every three years if that would be the case. By the way, my insurance company refused to cover the cost or even partial cost of genetic testing so I don't know if it's genetic and what type of carrier I am.
I'd rather be without these "killer" boobs, then to continue having biopsy after painful biopsy time and time again. Radiation therapy was no fun for me either. I was one of the lucky small percentage that gets bad side effects from it. This is just "my story" and if I had to do it all over again, I would have had the darn mastectomy from day one!
I wish you the very best as well as everyone on this site and all over the world dealing with cancer of every type.
Do your research. Ask your questions. Get opinions from doctors with all your options. Speak to women who have been there done that. And lastly....make your own decision. Most importantly, allow your loved ones to be your pillars because you cannot and should not walk this path alone. Good luck!