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Double mastectomy choice challenged by researchers


I had breast cancer with a mastectomy and tram flap reconstruction in one breast. I was told I had a 93% chance of not having a recurrence. 19 years later I was diagnosed with a completely different type of cancer in the other breast and ended up with a mastectomy. This past year has been difficult and trying with needing chemotherapy, surgery and then radiation however, I can not say that I am sorry that I did not have a double mastectomy when I had the first cancer. I lived 19 years with my own breast on the unaffected side. It was not recommended at that time and I know that having a double mastectomy is not as easy as it sounds. Surgery is surgery and has its own recovery and possible complications. It should not be taken lightly and I don't think it should be recommended to everyone.

Posted date

22 May, 2014

Posted time

3:14 pm