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I have to decide on lumpectomy, mastectomy or bilateral. Tumor is on left, grade 3 and I am triple positive. I need some help with my decision. I am only 43 years old, married with 2 kids.

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  • Roxann C Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Please know that radiated skin is difficult to stretch. So if you proceed with a lumpectomy with radiation and the cancer comes back, you may not be able to reconstruct your breast. This is something that I learned from cancer survivors who followed this past and could not get their breast tissue to stretch. This was an important factor for me.
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  • Kansas Girl  Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    I am facing the same decision -42 with 2 kids, tumor on right side, triple positive. Surgeon said it was my decision, oncologist recommended lumpectomy. I keep going back and forth and can't make a decision. I had an MRI today and am waiting on the results. That may help me decide.
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      I had 2 MRIs and the biopsies came back benign which is great but there is still the other factors. I think I am now leaning towards the bilateral from all the responses. This is such a great sight for help and support. Hang in there. You will...

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      I had 2 MRIs and the biopsies came back benign which is great but there is still the other factors. I think I am now leaning towards the bilateral from all the responses. This is such a great sight for help and support. Hang in there. You will make the right decision. It is hard cuz you will have chemo no matter what, that's what my onc said. Keep me posted. My thoughts are with you, it's hard to wait.

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    • sharon s Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      How are we doing ladies?

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  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I was grade 3 also.. I went with breast conserving lumpectomy. It's a very personal decision that you must decide for yourself.
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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Mastectomy, no choice to think about . Will give you the best peace. God bless. Been there...
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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  • Yashmira Devine Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Hi I am so sorry you are faced with these decisions. Marianne is right this is a very personal decision. I was first diagnosed with DCIS in August and before I had the mri done I had chosen to have the bilateral mastectomy. The DCIS was all over my right breast and a lumpectomy was not an option. I decided on bilateral for peace of mind. I'm 37 and figured I did not want to possibly face the same situation a few years later for my left breast. I did choose reconstruction now; because I was stage 1, nodes clear,the doctor did not recommend radiation or chemo otherwise I would have waited for the reconstruction. Good luck with your decision.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    From what I have read, with a grade 3 and triple positive, I would choose the bilateral surgery. The type of cancer you have has a higher chance of recurrance. You have a chance to really whack this nasty sneaky disease now. You can give yourself some peace of mind by removing both breasts now. You can have reconstruction now. I wouldn't want to live my life waiting for the other shoe to drop. You have babies to raise which is a tough job. I would want to take away some of the stress and fear this disease brings with it by getting rid of a piece of my body that could shelter this really horrible disease. Now is your chance to win this battle. God's blessings to you... we are all sisters here and care very much about each other. Take care Sharon
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks for you input and support Sharon.

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    Like everyone else it is a personal decision. But I would choose a bilateral Mesectomy. I was a stage II and I chose a bilateral masectomy with the radical on my right breast. I did it for my own peace of mind. God bless you and don't forget He doesn't give us more than we can handle....
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    That is truly a very personal decision. I can only tell you choice and why I chose it. I chose a lumpectomy that turnrd into a partial mastectomy with no recon. A year after my "active" treatment was over. I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap recon. I was such a mess emtionally and physically I decided to fight the cancer and leave my options open. I leaned on husband and my faith to make my decision. God Bless you on your journey.
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      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So bilateral from the start would have been a good decision?

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Not for me. Keeping all options open. I didn't know what I wanted or what was best when I was still reeling from the diagnoses. The decision is very personal and everyone has to do what is right for them.

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    Survivor since 2012
    For me personally, if mine were grade 3, I would want to start with the most aggressive treatment to counter the aggressiveness of the disease. Hope you can find the place that you're most comfortable with.
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    • Jodi Dayan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you so much for your imput.

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