A question about BC

SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,385
someone asked me this today..... they have/had TNBC 

Is it common to get breast cancer after double mastectomy?

my thoughts are none of us are safe ... we do what is suggested and some of us are lucky and it doesn't come back and some of us unfortunately are not as lucky and the Bitch returns..... 

What are others thoughts I am correct in this ? 


  • LMK74LMK74 BrisbaneMember Posts: 710
    @SoldierCrab, I really think nothing is guaranteed even having double mastectomy. It all comes down to luck as far as I'm concerned. I guess it reduces the risk somewhat. Even radiation doesn't guarantee it kills off all the cells. 

  • onemargieonemargie queenslandMember Posts: 1,132
    I had triple neg too I forgot to mention. And TNBC responds really well to chemo too so that’s a bonus. Xx
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,385
    thank you @onemargie ; and @LMK74
    I just wanted to bounce it off ladies here so I was sure that I had said the right thing to her... 

    Margie, I think like you is it like Russian roulette the wheel will spin and the ball will drop where it wants to. I like you have had double mastectomy and chemo & rads I was TNBC and I am 5 years out no recurrence.... I am grateful I got the bitch early and I have done what I can to minimize my chance of recurrence. 

  • MollygirlMollygirl Brisbane Member Posts: 213
    Hi @SoldierCrab, I guess not common but possible really is the answer for them. I was TNBC and had bilaterals, really so 0% risk to unaffected side. There is no guarantee of getting every single cell of breast tissue on the affected side so always a percentage of risk remains. However, there are a lot of other prognostic factors with grade etc that influence the ongoing (or not ongoing) path of the beast. I think that like you said 'minimising risk of recurrence' is what resonates with most of us! Bec xx
    PS you rock @SoldierCrab, you are so generous with your time and info and links etc for all of us - thank you! X
  • Brenda5Brenda5 Burrum Heads, QldMember Posts: 1,974
    The crux of the question I see is the "is it common" part. No it is not common, nor is it rare. For some a simple single lumpectomy and radiation is enough and for others it seems to be a revolving door of surgeries and treatments. We are all of us different and that is what makes breast cancer research so hard as we all get differing sorts of cancer too.
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