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My sister had a double mastectomy. The margins came back close. What does this mean?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Alice Klobukowski Profile
    anonymous
    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.
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    That the cancer was close to end of breast taken off
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank that's what i thought. I've been trying to do my research. My sister is 42 and was told she had triple neg breast cancer in April, has had chemo and double mascetomy almost three wks ago now she does not know if she should do radiation or...

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      Thank that's what i thought. I've been trying to do my research. My sister is 42 and was told she had triple neg breast cancer in April, has had chemo and double mascetomy almost three wks ago now she does not know if she should do radiation or not? scared!!!

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      If the doctors recommend it I would definitely do it. Better safe than sorry.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      She will most likely do radiation with close margins it will only help her . She is lucky to have you . Stay strong and go with her to all these appointment s if she doesn't mind it will ease her worry and yours

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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      With triple negative she should absolutely do radiation... Triple negs only have chemo, surgery and radiation as defenses against recurrences... Gotta go the distance!

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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      She is not wanting to do the radiation but ive been doing research on triple negative and I think she should... shes not wanting to because her dr that did the mastectomy felt like she got it but the radiologist is telling her that with her...

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      She is not wanting to do the radiation but ive been doing research on triple negative and I think she should... shes not wanting to because her dr that did the mastectomy felt like she got it but the radiologist is telling her that with her margins close and the type of cancer he felt she needed it. I just want her to make the right choice. Shes gone this far I say go the distance too... but the side affects from the radiation scares her ... especially if she does not need it. I dont know I wish I did... just want her to make the right decision!!!

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