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-
with clear margins performed - Yay!
Its’ small &
early stages…Awesome! Right?
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?
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.
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?