Quicker recovery from mastectomy or therapeutic mammoplasty
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 19. I have since had six cycles of chemotherapy. Three EC followed by three docetaxel / perjeta and herceptin. I am relieved to have completed chemo as it was very hard at times especially the last three treatments. I have to return to chemo unit fifteen more times for herceptin.
Saying that I am grateful to have received this treatment as it has had a dramatic effect on my 6 cm lump - it’s gone !! There is no evidence of lymph node involvement.
Next step for me is surgery and sentinel node check and after that radiotherapy . And this is where I ask for some advice.
It is hard to make a decision when you are feeling exhausted by the treatment - still very tired with some digestive issues. And now I have to decide on a mammoplasty or a mastectomy. My surgeon has explained that the mammoplasty is generally given to ladies with larger boobs as it reduces the size and they are often offered breast reduction in both. I am D cup and on borderline of this treatment. Although lump has disappeared she still has to remove area with enough margins and she feels as I am not big but the area she will have to remove is and so the result may not be ideal and the operated breast would be smaller than the other .Which I believe may become smaller with radiotherapy. On the other hand the team meeting said I do not require a mastectomy although I can have one if I prefer. So my choice is to have one side smaller than other but still retain some shape or agree to a mastectomy.
My biggest wish is to ensure the cancer has gone but also the easiest and less complicated surgery to have. And the quickest recovery as well although I realise everyone is different. I really just want to get better as soon as I can and get back to normal living or at least a new normal.
Can anyone give any advice.