I have a unique situation and I'm looking for other similar cases to help me in my surgery/radiation decisions. I'm Stage II, IDC, 1 tumor Left Side 1.9 cm + 2 lymph next to tumor. I'm 46 years old and have 10 year old implants that are intact and surgeons saying I could keep them up to 20 years (they are currently intact and fine).
- Current Chemo: Carboplatin/Taxol - just finished 7/12 weekly + 4 AC (bi-weekly) to follow).
- Surgery June 2017 - type of surgery TBD
- 6 weeks radiation has been strongly recommended.
I'm desperately looking for someone that has been in this situation or someone with some STATISTICS. My primary focus is to lower my risk for recurrance. I have many options but the radiation is a large factor in my decisions too because of existing implants or option of new impants. 4 options:
1. Breast conservation: remove implants, have radiation. No reconstruction.
2. Lumpectomy: keep existing implants, do radiation and wait to see how implant responds. Fix right side to match left.
3. Nipple Sparing Double Mastectomy: replace implants, do radiation and deal with radiation impact on impants later. Dr. said it's not IF they will be affected, but to what degree.
4. Nipple Sparing Double Mastectomy: replace implants, no radiation if clear margins and no positive lymph. Radiation if recurrence.
I really do not want to do #1 but I'm struggling on probably #2 or #3. Very concerned about recurrence rates in these 2 options. I don't want to be worried all the time about getting it again. Anyone have advice for me or links to studies/statistics that would help me choose. NO DOCTOR WILL TELL ME what to do. They said it's up to me and I'm a special case. Also say that either surgury WITH radiation have very similar recurrance rates. HELP!