Learning About Breast Cancer
Having had chemo, lumpectomy, and radiation, I was very surprised to have a reoccurrence in the same breast in March.
I opted for bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in May. If she is concerned cosmetically, she needs to know that radiation makes reconstruction much more problematic. I got my implants, but many complications and painful process. She might want to forego radiation and instead consider mastectomy with reconstruction. Have her visit a couple of top-notch plastic surgeons recommended by the oncological surgeon to get their opinions on her age, tissue health, etc.
I have a good friend who had her diagnosis and mastectomy two years ago at age 80. She uses a prosthesis and is very satisfied.
Help your grandmother do some research on options. Get more than one opinion. Best wishes to you both. Your helping her is a huge emotional lift.