Article Talk: Deciding on a Prophylactic Double Mastectomy after Breast Cancer

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Hi Barbara, I understand only too well what you are going through. My breast cancer was removed by lumpectomy in 2011 followed by radiation twice a day x five days. The radiation was devastating given in such an aggressive way causing full body fibromyalgia. Fast forward to 2016. After many, what I believe to be unnecessary mammograms, biopsies, breast MRI's which are known for false positives .... I found a new breast oncologist which recommended genetic testing. I tested positive for CK2 gene which allowed me to make a quick decision to have bilateral mastectomies September 2017. Yes...the first week is truly debilitating but I felt better everyday thereafter. I am also getting reconstruction. Some things for you to think about to help you make a decision that I discovered after much research is: Chemo & radiation causes cancer. That we know for sure. Mammograms are also believed to cause cancer. Yes, our doctors know this but many of them go with the flow instead of keeping up with new research. The day my Oncologist & I made the decision to remove my breasts, I walked out of his office with a smile on my face because I was will now have no more mammogram notices and biopsies. I have found mentally I am relieved and have not "one" time missed my breasts. My next procedure is January 2018 for the 2nd phase of my reconstruction removing these dreadful expanders and putting in my implants which will eliminate the discomfort and pain caused from the expanders. I tell you all of this to let you know, the reconstruction will give you breasts the size you're comfortable with (my implants will be 4 sizes less/smaller than my natural breasts were) and still feel feminine. I wish you all the best with your decision and no matter what eat clean.
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