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Re: Getting anxious
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Great answer Cheryl. Just because you remove both breasts it rarely changes the final outcome. It is technically impossible to remove all breast cells and all you have to do is leave a few behind that are cancerous to have it return. Old school of thought was to cut out tumors and to "be on the safe side" remove both breasts. Currently there are several studies to scientifically evaluate how effective bilateral mastectomies are in providing a "cure" and preventing recurrence. If the surgeon told you removing both breasts would mean the bc won't return he was not being honest with you or he has been doing bilaterals since before they made spoons!
Personally I like to get at least 2 opinions on the course of treatment before deciding what to do. I also gather as much information as I can on what each and every doctor is suggestions. Patients that are pro-active (involved in making all decisions about what should be done) during treatment tend to have better outcomes. You have time to speak with another surgeon and a oncologist to gather this info.
Even though cancer is scary you rarely need to rush into a decision or treatment. Mostlikely it have been growing away in your body for several years. A few weeks or a month won't make any difference at this point. That should be obvious since the surgeon didn't rush into anything but gave you weeks before your surgery.
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