On New Year’s Eve, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I have a fast-growing, triple-negative tumour in my left breast that had spread to my lymph nodes. It requires six months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and removal of my lymph nodes on the left, and radiation therapy.
I have very small, very dense breasts. Although there is no evidence of any cancer in my right breast, my instincts are to talk to my surgeon about doing a prophylactic mastectomy on the right breast. Treatment has been really tough so far, and I really don't want to be doing it all again in 5-10 years' time. But I am trying to figure out if it is 'treatment trauma' talking, or good instincts! I don't want to live in a shadow of fear. My first priority is my long term health, over aesthetics.
I welcome any thoughts on the subject.