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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|8/5/2010||Hi, My mother died after her sarcoma of the breast connective tissue metastasized into her brain. (She was diagnosed at the age of 80.) Her mother also had breast cancer, and my father had prostate cancer, his father died of pancreatic cancer. I am about to undergo a needle biopsy for some cells that the doctor described as linear and amorphous under my left nipple, which has recently inverted. If I am found not to have cancer now, do you think it would be reasonable to have double mastectomy and reconstruction preventably? I understand there is a kind of reconstruction that uses tummy tissue? What would you recommend?|
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|8/6/2010||first, let's see what this biopsy shows. inverted nipple is a common presentation for breast cancer. most women pursuing bilateral mastectomy for prevention usually carry a breast cancer gene which is determined by a blood test after counseling for genetic risk is done. yes, there is a way to rebuild the breasts at the same time that skin sparing mastectomies are done. the preferred method is DIEP flap taking tummy fat but NO muscle. there is an older method called TRAM flap but you sacrifice your abdominal muscles with it and have lifting restrictions for life. so if you do get surgery do DIEP. i've had it done bilaterally. incredible results. if you need us call 443-287-2778.|
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