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Posted by Juanita on May 24, 2000 at 17:12:12:

In Reply to: considering optional masectomy posted by jessica on May 23, 2000 at 17:44:05:

: about a year ago i was diagnosed with a genetic condtion which gives me about a 50% of breast cancer. i am having a hard time with the fear of this, and am considering a masectomy. i would love to hear from anyone who did this. do they regret it, why? or anyone who has had breast cancer, do they wish they had a chance to do avoid their cancer. if i do it my risk is cut by 90%. How bad is the masectomy really on a persons psyche?

I did not have breast cancer I had endometrial cancer and I can tell you that when the dr looks you in the face and says you have cancer that really gets your psyche. I would not dare to advise you in this but a good friend of mine was faced with the same problem. The dr recommended a mast and she said no. She is now in Stage IV breast cancer and it has spread to her liver and bones. You did not say how old you are or how long you would have to make this decision. They have wonderful reconstruction surgery also. Praying for you to make the right decision for you whatever it is. This is such a dreaded desease....a cure must be in sight.

Good luck,
Juanita


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