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What might happen (or other options) if a third surgery to get clear margins does not work?

Cindy Fogle Profile
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anonymous

Stage 1 Patient about 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    CIndy, I am assuming your surgeon is doing a lumpectomy? Usually, if after a third try, they opt for a mastectomy. Take care, Sharon
    about 7 years Flag
    • Cindy Fogle Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I had bilateral mastectomy and second left mastectomy revision. Now the plan is for me to have a third left revision to try and get clear margins.

      about 7 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      CIndy,
      In that case, they have to remove tissue until they get clear margins I would assume. It is a great question to ask you surgeon. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

      about 7 years Flag
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    It took 3 re-resections to get clean margins after my mastectomy. Once we got clean margins I went forward with 8 weeks of radiation but no chemo. If I understand the chain of messages correctly, you've had a bilateral mastectomy and a re-resection on the left side, and now they're contemplating a 2nd re-resection? If that's the case I would ask your doctor to confirm the stage of your cancer. Had the doc recommended further treatment, i.e., radiation or chemo? Even if you get clean margins after a 2nd re-resection I'd have a serious discussion with your doc on this issue. There are a lot of loose ends and you want to be sure they're gathered up and tied in a bow. Good luck to you!
    about 7 years Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    You are still staged at stage 1 even after bilateral and no clear margins?
    about 7 years Flag
    • Cindy Fogle Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Yes, I assume so. But thanks for asking that because I will be asking that again!

      about 7 years Flag
  • melissa perlman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had bilateral mastectomies and allowed them to remove huge hunk of skin with a much larger scar to just about guarantee clean margins. Plastic surgeon did an amazing job of fixing it. The may also need to take a part of your pec muscle. Totally depends where the tumor was located. Good luck.
    about 7 years Comment Flag
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Have you had chemo?
    about 7 years Comment Flag

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