There is no right or wrong answer here, it's a choice we each must think through ourselves, research very thoroughly, and come to the very difficult decision to do what is best in your own specific particular situation. This is your body, your life, so take time to get all the facts from a doctor who will truthfully answer your questions. Everyone is different and everyone must choose for themselves.
They live with it daily, for the rest of their lives.
They know what you're going to experience, and what they'd change if they could go back before making their decisions.
Even though you may have several options, some doctors tend to put their own spin on surgical issues to get you to do what they think is best for you, as if you should be a good little girl and shut up, pappa knows best.
Don't fall for it, you're a grown up, remember that! I had a wonderful surgeon who was very open to questions and to my choice, but I've heard some disturbing things from others who didn't.
I want to make this perfectly clear, the following is only my own personal opinion, after research into my own particular stage of cancer, family history of cancer, personal opinions from other breast cancer survivors who made what they considered the WRONG decision.
My choice was to go ahead with bilateral mastectomy, rather than single mastectomy, or lumpectomy.I felt it was the right thing to do at the time, and after five years of no recurrences, I still feel that way, having talked to many ladies who were told they likely wouldn't have recurrence, so they had lumpectomy, then recurrence, and then finally mastectomy anyway, SINCE my own surgery.Since starting this website, I hear from women every week who've gone through it, and feel betrayed.I also hear, every week, from women who had implants or breast reconstruction that went wrong, sometimes right away, sometimes a while down the road, but it's enough to keep me content with my decisions.IF you are still considering having implants, by the way, there is a remarkable website by and for women who have had to have them 'explanted' (their terminology, which I consider quite an elegant description of it) and every woman who considers implants absolutely should refer to it before making their decision.You'll find it very enlightening, and fully backed up with years of evidence. Implant Info.net, and I'll put their address on my Links page, if you want to refer to it later without searching back here.