I need help with my decision - does anyone have any regrets?
I too have joined the BC club and am struggling with decisions.
I’m 46, live in Brisbane married, no kids and in Feburary 2020, I was diagnosed Left breast (8 o’clock) Stage 1A, Grad 2, 8mm IDC, no lymp nodes ER +PR+ HER2-
Successful lumpectomy with clear margins performed - Yay!
Its’ small & early stages…Awesome! Right?
Ahh…but because I had ovarian cancer 13 years ago when I was 33 (hysterectomy and chemotherapy treatment), it was advised that I get more genetic testing done (I’m BRCA 1&2 neg), so it turns out I have heterozygous Ataxia-Telangiesctasia mutated (ATM) gene. The best answer regarding this gene is that I have a moderate increase risk of getting breast cancer (17%-60%), but does that mean I will have a continued risk after I have dealt with my current diagnosis?Sigh….so now what do I do?
Do I have radiation and just get rid of what’s left of the current cancer?
My BS told me that ATM could increase radiation toxicity, but the radiation oncologist says that’s rare.And then wait for it to potentially reoccur or a new cancer in the other breast
Or do I have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction? (DIEP preferably)
The problem there is I’m quite fond of ‘the girls” and not sure how I will cope with the loss of sensation?
Does anyone have any regrets with their decisions?