Stage 2A Patient
Different surgeons have a certain measurement they consider to be clean margins or not. When I had a lumpectomy, the margins were not clean, so I had to go back the following week for a re- excision to take out more tissue. The margins were still not clear. The next step was a mastectomy. As it turned out, my medical oncologist wanted me to start receiving Herceptin and chemo ASAP, so the mastectomy was postponed. I never did have the mastectomy; I had radiation instead once chemo was finished. I'm still on Herceptin for a few more months. I believe they felt all this treatment would take care of any remaining cancer, which was DCIS.