First off I haven't been on this site for a long time, looks very different. I had breast cancer, have had the chemo, reconstruction, my hair came back., wink... grey and curly (I've had dark brown straight hair before) anyway... I had my mammo yesterday on the remaining breast, then after reading them they decided I should have an Ultra Sound.. ok did that the same day, then the radiologist decides I should have an MRI, my question is, has anyone got breast cancer again even if on tamoxifen? Also, has anyone ever thought of having the other breast taken so the constant worry if its coming back or not. I would have had both breasts taken but by the time that decision was made I had no time to fit in the schedule and Dr. didn't want me to wait any longer. I hve my MRI Friday 26, so I just wanted to know if it isn't cancer... if I should see how to get that done. I feel like I'm rambling so I'll stop for now. Thanks for reading... Take care and God Bless
Hi, Dolly. Yes WebMd has indeed changed recently and we are all trying to figure it out as we go. So far, it seems to be pretty easy to get around. If you have any problems, just ask and someone will surely jump in to help. Most of our members are posting on the main Breast Cancer Exchange so you might want to try posting there as well.
Now, to give you my perspective on your question. When I was dx in 2002, I got a rush job to the mastectomy, and found out afterwards that I had choices in the matter. Anyway, when all my chemo and rads were completed, I began to think about reconstruction and decided to have my "good" breast removed and reconstruct both sides at the same time. My main reason for doing this was that I thought it would give me peace from worrying about IT returning in the other breast. But guess what, I still worry that it will return somewhere, so I'm afraid my logic was flawed. If I could do it over, I probably would just reconstruct the missing side and lift the other side to match. I dunno, hindsight is 20/20 so who knows?
This decision is SO personal that only you can decide what is best for you and I would only say, do your research, talk to your plastic surgeon about all your options, and then go with your gut.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you Friday for your MRI. Please keep us posted. We care!
Thank you Bonnie for your response. It has been very helpful. I guess I knew that it could go somewhere else too, but was thinking "maybe not" My onocogist said to me one time "Dolly I'm not as worried about you getting breast cancer again as much as bone cancer" wow he could of talked all day and not said that!! I'm 53 I do have osterporsis and on meds for that. Sometimes I feel I'm just one big mess! My husband has been the best throughout all of this and any thing I decide he is behind me 100 percent. Now I have another friend "you" who is trying to help me understand all of this. Thanks again Bonnie, and may God Bless you on continued good health. Dolly
One of the best things you've said is what a support and care your husband is! There isn't one of us who won't stand up and salute that kind of partner! There is nothing quite like having someone special beside you when you are feeling lost and afraid and very vulnerable. Hurray for him...and for you!
I am sorry that you are again facing the possibility of cancer. We will all be beside you in spirtit on Friday, hoping for a good report but offering hands and hearts if needed!
You are not alone in considering a prophylactic mastectomy...Many members feel a sense of security having this done. It isn't an easy decision to be sure. However, among those who have done so, I can't recall hearing of anyone who regreted it. Just make sure that you research it fully and talk with several docotors to get their input as well.
You are in my thoughts. Please let us know how you are doing.
PS...Yes, WebMD has once again been reincarnated. We are now under the same unbrella as the mets board, but this off-shoot has also been formed for those of us who wish to gather as Friends too. How 'bout that! Two for the price of one!!
For the kind words and encouragement also with the much needed prayers. Seems like there is so much cancer these days. Can't help to wonder why. I'll certainly keep you all posted as soon as I know something.
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