I'm 37, found a small lump in November. Ultrasound showed it to be small, biopsy = low to intermediate DCIS. Lumpectomy unfortunately turned into 8x4x5cm lump (from a C cup breast!) intermediate with high grade areas, non invasive but with involved margins. So now it's a mastectomy. I hate surgery, and want to have reconstruction at the same time. As I'm relatively young I'd prefer my own tissue over an implant. Has anyone here had a TRAM, DIEP or latissimus dorsi reconstruction? Do you mind sharing your experiences and opinions? Thanks.
Hello @Hyperion and welcome to the Online Community!
We have some information available on the surgery sometimes involved with breast cancer, that you may find helpful. We also have a PDF publication that would be worth reading, on Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction.
We also have our Connect program, where we match you with one of our volunteers who has undergone a similar experience or treatment and are now healthy again. They can share their experiences and offer you support by telephone. Please contact (02) 9334-1870 and have a chat with one of our team if this interests you
Has anyone else undergone a reconstruction or had a similar experience they could share with Hyperion?
Kate - Online Community Manager
Thank you Kate. I've got the reconstruction booklet, which was a huge education and help. I wasn't aware of the connections program - I'll call and use that opportunity.
I have an appointment with a plastic surgeon in Sydney next week so I'll have to fly up for the day. At least that will give me a narrower selection of choices. They are all scary at the moment, all have risks and consequences!