We met with the plastic surgeon, Dr. Zegzula yesterday and we really liked him. He said much that helped me to understand more about what is involved in both a mastectomy and a lumpectomy. First, there is no reconstruction involved in a lumpectomy. I didn’t realize this. Also, lumpectomy requires radiation and radiation scars tissue. Given my age, I need to consider possibility of reoccurrence. There is a 1% reoccurrence rate with a lumpectomy so that is a 44% chance of reoccurrence between now and age 85 if I went with a lumpectomy. And operating on a previously operated breast increase many risk factors – like infection, etc. Also given the size of my breast and the size of the mass, my breast would be fairly disfigured with a lumpectomy. There is just not that much there to take! 🙂
And I also found out that my oncologist – the amazing Dr. Nathalie Johnson who is also a survivor – had Dr. Zegzula do her mastectomy. This meant the world to me! Check out this video to see what I am talking about – she is special and I felt that immediately and am so grateful.
I have my MRI on Friday. This will hopefully help to show more about that other spot that was unable to be biopsied. So little by little we are gathering information. I am learning to sit with this information, dance with this information, write and talk about this information and slowly but surely a clear path will emerge.