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|10/26/2011||is it possible to avoid breast surgery please let me know immediately. as i am having mastectomy on 9th of Nov. If i can avoid that i would be the one of the happiest person in the world.|
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|10/26/2011||Oh my, there is always the option to decline breast surgey, but that is not in your best interest if you have breast cancer and need the surgery to remove the cancer. So please don't avoid or refuse breast cancer surgery. You could seek a second opinion with a breast surgical oncologist and discuss other surgical options...not knowing your specifics, it may be possible that you could undergo a lumpectomy, but again a second opinion can clarify that for you. Also, before mastectomy you should consult with a breast plastic reconstructive surgeon to discuss reconstruction options. I'm so sorry you are approaching your upcoming surgery with fear, but we understand that losing a breast can be very difficult. Try and stay strong and know you are moving towards the rest of your life.|
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