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10/7/2016 right breast--stage 1-grade 2-- sentinel node had 2 micromets 1mm each.. no other nodes removed--Oncotype 4%-er 100% pr 100% strong-Her2-1a Ihc ki67-20%-- dense breasts---- chose double mastectomy-MY breast surgon did explain in detail that survival rates were the SAME for lumptectomy and mastectomy- I Understood and I made my decision on the information given to me at the time-I saw my oncologist yesterday I asked her a question based on information found on different cancer sites..Her answer--true--she says that if a recurrence was destined to happen ,that with a lumpectomy 90% of the time it would reccur at original site or a primary in other breast--it is rare to reccur on the mastectomy scars or chest wall.only about 2 to 10 %-and with so little breast tissue left,that distant mets usually occur-if I had knowledge of this before surgery then it would have been a big factor in my decision and I would have had a lumpectomy!-hoping she is wrong but if it does occur in the future then I will deal with it then....thank you for all you and your staff do.
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10/8/2016risk of local recurrence following mastectomy surgery is very low. usually 1-2%. the risk of distant recurrence in the form of metastatic disease is equal for lumpectomy and mastectomy. you can't go backward though so press forward.

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