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I am waiting on biopsy of my breast. Has anyone had double mastectomy with reconstruction? I was thinking implants. Wanted to think about treatment options. Is it a good idea to take everything out to save my life and prevent recurrence ?

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  • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    That's exactly what I did. Both surgeons, oncologist and plastic, working together, at the same surgery. I had expanders put on. It's really uncomfortable, but they're temporary. Now I'm done, with the right implants on, niples and tattoos! No regrets at all!!
    over 6 years Flag
    • Cynthia Flexen Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      How long does this process take?

      over 6 years Flag
  • Casey Chernes Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi, I had a lump in my right breast... Was diagnosed stage 2 before surgery... They can't do full staging until after surgery... I chose a double mastectomy hoping my chances of reacurance would be lessened... I had the DIEP flap reconstruction... Had a little trouble with my left breast nit taking so I will have to have an implant on the left... But everyone is different... Hope this helped!
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  • Janice Baker Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had Expanders put in after my surgery. My right side was radiated therefore having trouble with swelling! If I had to do it over I would not of had expanders but I'm not finished maybe I'll change my mind!
    over 6 years Flag
    • L Kells Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I planned to have expanders in right after the bilateral, surgeon was ok with that but plastic surgeon said he wouldn't do it. Because of upcoming radiation, he said he would do a dorsi flap. But expanders & radiation don't mix. I was bummed. I am...

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      I planned to have expanders in right after the bilateral, surgeon was ok with that but plastic surgeon said he wouldn't do it. Because of upcoming radiation, he said he would do a dorsi flap. But expanders & radiation don't mix. I was bummed. I am having surgery next week with No recon. In time I may rethink this, get a second opinion.

      about 4 years Flag
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double mastectomy did the reconstructive surgery same time and 3days after very bad infections on same cancerous breast so I removed them glad I did ,now cancer has spreaded to lymph nodes ,save dr from not having to cut me again was cut5x ...

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      I had double mastectomy did the reconstructive surgery same time and 3days after very bad infections on same cancerous breast so I removed them glad I did ,now cancer has spreaded to lymph nodes ,save dr from not having to cut me again was cut5x but everyone is different

      over 2 years Flag
  • Connie Demarest Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed with ductal invasive carcinoma in the left breast 10 days ago. I saw the plastic surgeon yesterday. I am stage 1, but that staging could change after surgery. I am planning to have a full mastectomy on the left side, with immediate implant expander placed. Nobody has suggested that I get a double mastectomy. Remember-you don't have sensation in a reconstructed breast. I'm not giving that up in the right breast unless I have to! I will have surgery this coming week.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Cynthia Flexen Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      Hi , I am so sorry you are going through this ! I read your comment and I felt like I was reading my own life story! I too was diagnosed with DCIS in the left breast and will be having a mastectomy. I dont have the BRCA1 or 2 gene so I don't...

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      Hi , I am so sorry you are going through this ! I read your comment and I felt like I was reading my own life story! I too was diagnosed with DCIS in the left breast and will be having a mastectomy. I dont have the BRCA1 or 2 gene so I don't have to have the bilateral mastectomy but I'm not sure if I still should???? My chances are still 20 -30 % to develop cancer in my right breast. But if I take tamoxifen or evista it decreases it by half. But there is still that risk. Would you still keep your breast?

      over 6 years Flag
    • suzanne bickford Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have DCIS in LF breast an a 15 % chance on right...I opted for bi-lateral mastec with expanders. Surgery is Wednesday. Plastic sureon

      about 6 years Flag
    • suzanne bickford Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Plastic surgeon can do so much and make them look so real. Plus it's state Mandated (MN) that the other breast has to be paid for, whatever you want done to it.

      about 6 years Flag
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      anonymous
      Stage 0 Patient

      I have also opted for double mastectomy at stage 0. I talked to my aunt who had a unilateral and she said if she had to do it again, she would do both. The reason is because she is constantly going back for the other breast and they think they see...

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      I have also opted for double mastectomy at stage 0. I talked to my aunt who had a unilateral and she said if she had to do it again, she would do both. The reason is because she is constantly going back for the other breast and they think they see something, then it is nothing and she said she wishes she just didn't have to be so worried all the time. She also told me that if the cancer appeared on the other side, she didn't want to go through it all again.

      almost 6 years Flag

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