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10/8/2014My 93 year old has stage 3 triple negative beast CA. She had 5 months of Navelbine which has now stopped working. Her breast tumor is approx 5cm and she has a terrible red/purple mass gown into skin, takes up half of lateral side of breast which will soon open. We have a surgery consult tomorrow. Torn between mastectomy decision or living out rest of days with terrible, painful open wound. Want to know as well is there a required amount of viable skin to even do a mastectomy? My mom is frail, but yet still lives at home with daughter, walks with rollator and has some game left in her. Has anyone had to make this decision. Not looking for cure, looking for least painful end of life treatment decision.
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10/9/2014Please discuss hospice care, where her quality of life will be enhanced as well as her pain contolled. She does not have to fear a painful end of life. Hopsice does not mean death, it means quality of the days left.

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