Bilateral mastectomy after DCIS diagnosis- what next?

One year ago this month, I had bilateral mastectomy due to DCIS in
left breast. I opted for bilateral due to significant family history of
breast cancers.  I was told that chemo, radiation or Tamoxifan would NOT be
required. Once I healed, was told no further exam or treatment would be
required.  Coming up on the 1 year anniversary, I have questions about how I
can be certain that there is no more carcinoma.  Are there tests I should be
asking for, or am I simply over-reacting?

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One comment on “Bilateral mastectomy after DCIS diagnosis- what next?
  1. demerson says:

    Hi Pat, Patricia, Tricia, Trish-

    I didn't know which form of Patricia you preferred.

    Living with cancer is difficult regardless of the treatment outcome. What your oncologist told you was that you had aggressive therapy for DCIS which lowered the risk of lifetime relapse by a great deal. I don't remember the exact percentages but when Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, she talked about reducing her risk of future BC dramatically. If you say that you had " significant family history of breast cancers" then I would put you in a similar category as AJ. By undergoing chemo or radiation you would increase your risk of secondary cancers.

    I myself live with a possible relapse and spend time following what I call lifestyle therapies that reduce my risk of relapse from my original cancer as well as risk of secondary cancer from the aggressive chemo and radiation I underwent. Lifestyle therapies that you should consider to further reduce your risks of relapse without toxicity are linked below.

    David Emerson
    Multiple Myeloma Survivor
    Director, Galen Foundation

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