As explained by an oncologist, just because you contract the disease in one breast, doesn't mean you get it in the other. It can go to another part of the body instead, like the lungs. I can understand all possibilities/thoughts, but it should really be up to the person to decide, but only after they have been given all the facts.
I understand what your oncologist has told you, but the fact is that if ONE of your breasts has been subjected to cancer, then your same hormones could then affect the other side
I chose to have both removed because that was the right choice for me. Going through what I did once was enough to last me a lifetime.
understood totally - but you were diagnosed already when you made this decision - not having this mastectomy basically "for fear" you may one day be diagnosed - big difference
As a carrier of the BRACA2 mutant gene I had to make a hard decision, namely the removal of my ovaries to reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, I am only 44 so the decision was a difficult one for me. It is an personal decision that can only be made by the individual as it is our bodies, our choice. As for the removal of my breasts...I'm keeping them! Detection of breast cancer is far more advanced and 6 monthly mamograms and MRI will pick up an anomalies. Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence.
When are you having this done? Well done for making the decision
Hey Dianne Phillips I had it done in September, so now I'm
Now I'm having all the dramas that menopausal women have... Oh what fun
This is a personal decision made by an individual who is given the options, evaluates them and makes a decision for themselves. It is no one elses business what decision an individual makes.
I agree with Kathy. No one can make that decision for you. I don't think anyone really knows what they would do until they are actually in that situation.
Agreed. I lost breastsm but not by choice!
We cannot possibly put ourselves in this difficult position. It is most certainly a personal decision and the opinions of strangers mean absolutely nothing.
I agree with Kathy 100%!
agreed, never would have thought I'd make this choice for a Double M, but here I am preparing for surgery on tuesday...........
I agree I don't believe I could be a part of a decision making process that does not directly include the person this would affect. God bless and help you in your time of need, and I pray that the best decision will be revealed and accepted with courage and faith.
Kathy, that is exactly what I was thinking. My sister had breast cancer and made her own decision, and she is fine now, thank God.
I am wondering about the accuracy of the test, and whether or not it has improved from the 60-something percent it was 12 yrs ago. I am also curious whether or not Miss Jolie plans on having her ovaries rmoved, as well, since she has a high chance of getting that, according to what she stated. What fries me is that, with all of the rapid developments in technology, women still have to subject themselves to mashing their breasts every year, for a procedure that is still only 40% accurate at...
I am wondering about the accuracy of the test, and whether or not it has improved from the 60-something percent it was 12 yrs ago. I am also curious whether or not Miss Jolie plans on having her ovaries rmoved, as well, since she has a high chance of getting that, according to what she stated. What fries me is that, with all of the rapid developments in technology, women still have to subject themselves to mashing their breasts every year, for a procedure that is still only 40% accurate at finding tumors. I guarantee that, if men had to have their testicles squished once a year, a less painful detection technology would be developed! Also, even though pelvic ultrasounds aren't completely accurate, having one done annually just might detect ovarian tumors. Of course, just TRY and get insurance companies to pay for THAT one! I applaud Miss Jolie for putting aside vanity to hopefully assure a cancer-free future.
I have often complained about mammograms and the way they are done...no more, as a tumor too small to be felt was found on my routine mammogram last October. After lumpectomy and radiation oncogene typing was done to see whether or not I would need chemotherapy, that came back as high risk for recurrence and I am now getting chemo. If the recommendation had been mastectomy, believe me, I would have had a double mastectomy as my life is far more important than my breasts.
I've been thru the surgery,2007, it's a very painful surgery. I had cancer cells in one breast. I didn't give a 2nd thought about one removing 1 breast. If I only had removed 1 it would have left me feeling uncomfortable and more noticeable. My Dr.s told me it wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when it would spread. Because of catching it early I was able to prevent it. I am hear today because of it!!
I really don't like her but I agree with her and others with that decision to make. I would do it jf I needed to. Breast cancer still takes too many lives and she had a family to think of.
I applaud her decision and I am proud of Brad that he supported her all the way!
Her body,Her life, Her decision.
Well, I don't believe that women should consider a preventative double mastectomy unless they are making an informed decision and have ALL the options available to them explained. It is very much an individual choice, but let's not forget there are many surgeons only to willing to operate for the money.
I'm sure Angelina informed herself of all options possible!!