Dear Chrissy,, First of all sorry to hear of your unfortunate breast cancer experience and one that you share with so many. Myself back in 2004. like you my Docter was a bit surprised at my choice having the radical mastectomy. Ask yourself, if it is for future peace of mind as well as the identical reconstruction. you will find that all Doctors may slightly differ their opinion but it boils down to you. It is your body you live with. It and it isYour choice. Also I have no regrets. take Care and all the best. Margaret j
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Hi Bevzee, It is a pretty rough road that you are encountering at the moment and your erratic emotions are absolutely normal. It's great that you can express how you are feeling and I hope you have support with that. I found the medical team while I was having Chemotheraoy were amazing and so caring. If you go down that path you should have an oncologist that will keep an eye on the side affects so that you remain comfortable. I was petrified, mainly because of the history of side affects years ago. But medicine has come a long way from those days and one is given supplement drugs following the chemo so as to make one manage and feel as comfortable as possible. I was very surprised how minimal the affects were and hopefully you will manage just as well. The important thing is you express yourself with any concerns to the team looking after you , so that they know how to help you best. You deserve the best and I hope you are are getting good attention. Thinking of you, Margaret
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Hi Bevvzy,, My diagnosis was similar to yours which raised the question, "Was chemotherapy necessary if having a bilateral mastectomy.' I also was classed as early breast cancer and no glands involved. A lot of choices are available and sure, the medical team will facilitate you in the direction they feel best but know that it is your choice ,and what you are prepared to have go through in order to have the best outcome. My Doctor was surprised that I personally chose to have chemotherapy following mastectomy. That was 2004 and I have been clear ever since and I am grateful that I don't fear breast cancer after all this time.It feels like my painful decisions have gained my clear outcome. It's important that you feel you are being looked after and cared for and that you carefully choose what measures you are prepared to take. Warm thoughts and the Very Best to You. mj
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