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2/5/2016 I had a biopsy three weeks ago which led to a diagnosis of DCIS. The area of calcification is over 6 cm, and my surgeon has recommended a mastectomy. The problem is that the biopsy left me with a massive hematoma, and the surgery needs to be delayed until it resolves....which my surgeon estimated won't be for another 4 weeks. In the "a little learning is a dangerous thing" department, I recently read that every 30 day delay in surgery reduces survival rate by 10%. Given that my initial suspicious mammogram was in mid-December, I've gone from pretty optimistic to terrified that my best case scenario will be a 60% survival rate. Is the 10% reduction per month reasonably accurate, scientifically?
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2/6/2016Stop reading. This statistic is not correct. first of you, have you stage 0 breast cancer. noninvasive disease. so whatever you read elsewhere doesn't apply to you at all. There is something confusing however regarding the reason for the delay now in doing the surgery. given it will be a mastectomy, the hematoma shouldn't have any impact. that would be different if you were having a lumpectomy. can you come to us? 443-997-8282. reconstruction can get underway at the same time as the mastectomy too. let us get our arms around you.

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