How do you decide which breast cancer surgery is the right option for you?


If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and have the option to choose between either a lumpectomy or mastectomy, deciding between the two could ultimately be a personal, yet difficult decision to make.

There are many factors that may go into determining which breast surgery if best for you.  Your life style, body image, age, family history and even your peace of mind may all play into your decision making. You will also need to take into account the information you receive from your health care team, as well as consult with your family.

While it ultimately may be a personal choice, there may be a lot involved for you to consider. Whichever option you decide upon, it’s important to learn as much as you can about your breast cancer surgery options and to discuss these treatments with your physician.  Get as much information as you can and if you are not satisfied with your doctor’s rationale for your treatment plan, you shouldn’t hesitate to get more information or even a second opinion.

You need to feel confident that you have all the information you need and that you’re getting the best breast cancer treatment possible.

We’ve recently put together a new video on this topic where breast cancer survivors and patients talk about some of the decisions they made regarding breast surgery options.  Please visit our new page Breast Cancer Surgery A Personal Choice to learn more.

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