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I'm a new RN in US and my sister in low went to hospital for wellnesscheking and she was diagnosticated with breast cancer to one of breast, two weeks ago,next week the doctor wants to operate her. Her decision is for both of her breasts. I'm so confused about this situation! What it's your opinion about this? :confused:

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I'm a new RN in US and my sister in low went to hospital for wellnesscheking and she was diagnosticated with breast cancer to one of breast, two weeks ago,next week the doctor wants to operate her. Her decision is for both of her breasts. I'm so confused about this situation! What it's your opinion about this? :confused:

what type of opinion are you looking for?

if your sister-in-law has concerns, she needs to seek a 2nd opinion.

the surgeon's recommendation is going to be based on what type of breast cancer, how advanced or contained, and his experience in dealing with your sister-in-law's type of cancer.

if she has all the information as to what type/stage, get the data from her and research it on medscape, pubmed, mayo, nih...any reputable website.

other than that, we cannot give medical advice on this site.

prayers for strength and healing.

leslie

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AlsgalRN works as a RN in OB/GYN clinic.

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Beatris, It is a personal choice for your sister-in-law. The doc will make his recommendation based on many things.

My tumor was a llittle under 2 cm, invasive ductal carcinoma, high grade., ER and PR positive, HER neg. My BRCA 1 and 2 were neg. I opted for a lumpectomy and sentinal node biopsy. (It was neg) I did chemo and radiation.

I am a three year survivor.

Your sister--in-law will need to get as much info as she can and will make the best decision for herself. Your support will be very valuable to her. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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We feel your anxiety about your sister in law. However, we can't give medical advice. If she is the least bit hesitant,she should seek a second opiinion.

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beatris has 10 years experience.

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She is 43, she went for a second opinion with MRI and biopsy, for one breast .The biopsy was in 3 points and in 2 of them the diagnostic was cancer .She don't have any pain, she was for wellness check program and they found breast cancer and the doctor decided for mastectomy.(she decided for both of them). Two weeks ago she recives the diagnostic and the next week she will no longer have breasts. What do you think about this situation?

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Beatris, we can't give you medical advice, but I wish you and your family peace through this entire process.

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AgentBeast has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Sounds to me the OP is asking a cosmetic question rather than a medical question.

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happy2learn works as a Employed at a Level 1 Trauma Center.

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Sounds to me the OP is asking a cosmetic question rather than a medical question.

If that's the case, then I would respect your sister's decision. It's her body, and her choice.

She is choosing what she feels the most comfortable with.

I understand that losing one's breast is a huge issue with woman and their confidence, but I can understand why she may want to lose 2 instead of 1. Maybe, cosmetically speaking, she is more comfortable having both gone instead of one.

Or maybe she is just afraid she might get cancer in the other breast and by removing it, it helps calm some of her fears.

So sorry to hear about this.

Make sure she gets in contact with the American Cancer Society and their "Look Good Feel Better" program. They will help restore her confidence when it comes to how she feels about her appearance.

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healthstar is a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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If I am understanding you correctly, you are asking how we feel about not having breasts. I think it will disturb the body image. The shirts, dresses, tops will not fit you right. If I was scheduled for mastectomy on one breast I would go with it, and I wouldn't remove the other one. If she doesn't have money for breast implant she can fill the bra with cotton on one side which is better than not having any breasts.Unless there is a great risk for that breast too.

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loriangel14 works as a hospital floor nurse..

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Or are you questioning how quickly they are moving ahead with the surgery? Time is of the essence with cancer.

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Two weeks ago she recives the diagnostic and the next week she will no longer have breasts. What do you think about this situation?

beatris, i'd like to hear what you think of the situation...

leslie:)

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beatris has 10 years experience.

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Thanks to everyone for the advice, all the suport and for explaining of how things are handled regarding the breast cancer here in the US.

Any other sugestions/advice are welcome!

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