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Old 09-17-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Re: I just found out I have breast cancer

I had a mastectomy on the right breast. Looking back I now wish I would have had a double mastectomy with implants for reconstruction. You can have skin sparing mastectomies and immediate reconstruction. I had a TRAM - major recovery period with complications.

I have symptoms of Pagets on the left nipple which stresses me out. My health care team is going on the theory it is something other than cancer.

I'm still dealing with reconstruction issues. If I had done the double mastectomy with the implants it would all be over and done with and I would be going on with life instead of dealing with stuff 5 years later.
Diagnosed 2007
Stage IIb Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Pagets, 3 of 15 positive nodes

Traditional Treatment: Mastectomy and Axillary Node Dissection followed by Taxotere, 6 treatments and 1 year of Herceptin, no radiation
Former Chemo Ninja "Takizi Zukuchiri"

Additional treatments:
GP2 vaccine, San Antonio Med Ctr
Prescriptive Exercise for Cancer Patients
ENERGY Study, UCSD La Jolla

Reconstruction: TRAM flap, partial loss, Revision

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