Could I get a double mastectomy without having breast cancer?

Yes. If someone has a high risk inherited mutation or other circumstances that increase significantly the risk for breast cancer, that person can be considered for a preventative mastectomy.

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I have breast cancer in the family and high risk. Offered double mastectomy, should I get it?

Good question. But not enough info to say. If you had proper counseling and your risk is very high (eg. Brca mutation or other significant risk factors) mastectomies are an option but some patients can do ok with increased surveillance (mris) plus preventative tamoxifen or even removal of the ovaries. There are too many unknowns for me to answer properly. Make sure you see someone with expertise in this area. Read more...

Could you get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes. There could be residual malignant breast tissue in the chest wall (local recurrence) or the cancer could have already spread to other organs before surgery (metastasis). Read more...
Yes. During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. Read more...

Is it possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy?

Yes. It is possible to get breast cancer after a mastectomy but the risk should be low. It also depends on the type of cancer you are treated for, the type of treatment you received and if the margins are clear. It is best to speak with your oncology team about your risks for a breast cancer after mastectomy. Read more...
Yes. During a mastectomy, the surgeon attempts to remove as much breast tissue as possible but no surgeon can remove every last bit of breast tissue. Your residual skin/surrounding tissue still has to remain viable. So even with a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts) there is still a very small chance of developing breast cancer at a later time. Read more...

Is it possible to get a mastectomy, even if you don't have breast cancer, nor are at risk of it? If so, what is the usual cost? Thank you.

Yes, may be. When you need a particular treatment and can justify your rationale, your doctor is likely to help you to get over your problem. But it may take visits with a couple of different surgeons as your request is a bit unusual. The costs of mastectomy will vary and can be negotiated with your surgeon. Most surgeons would charge their Fees(range: $2500 to $5,000 for operation). Add $5,000 for other costs. Read more...
Usually not! There are specific indications for any surgical procedure including a mastectomy. If your condition doesn't fit those indications, surgeons will not do mastectomy. If you have a reason that you feel you need to have a mastectomy, you need to be evaluated by a surgeon to review your condition and to see if there are valid indications for the procedure. Read more...

Is there a chance of getting cancer in the tissue of the breast reconstruction? I am considering getting breast reconstruction after having a mastectomy. I am nervous about whether I could get breast cancer again. Is the tissue where incisions and cuts we

It . It depends on why type of cancer it is, but mostly that is not the case. Read more...
There . There are multiple angles to this question that i will address. I think you are asking if reconstruciton will increase teh risk of getting cancer. And the answer is no. However, there is a risk of cancer recurrence simply from the mastectomy. For this reason, many plastic surgeons initially recommended waiting 5 years after mastectomy prior to beginning reconstruciton to ensure that you were free of disease. That is no longer the case. Another consideration is that an implant may obscure or delay detection of a cancer recurrence and while this may be true, it has not been shown to alter longevity. Read more...
Yes and no. Breast cancer can come back after either lumpectomy or mastectomy. Breast reconstruction does not increase the risk of cancer recurrence. The risk of recurrent breast cancer after mastectomy is the same whether you choose to undergo breast reconstruction or not. However, recurrent breast cancer, like any cancer, grows into surrounding tissues, which can include the reconstructed breast. Read more...
Breast Cancer. Breast cancer will not develop in tissue that is used to perform breast reconstruction. Bc develops in tissue left behind or near the site of tumor removal. If there is concern about the ability to check for cancer recurrence such as when a tumor is close to the chest wall then i suggest the case be reviewed by the tumor board so that a clear plan for surveillance is understood before a recon! Read more...

Does breast cancer reconstruction surgery look natural? I have to undergo a double mastectomy for breast cancer and am deciding whether to have breast cancer reconstruction surgery. Would the surgery leave my breasts feeling hard and unnatural? I might ch

Every . Every patient may have a different experience with implants. The majority of implants are not hard at all. There is another type of breast reconstruction called tram flap reconstruction that does not require the use of implants. Today women can also participate in picking out the color of the nipple to be tattooed onto the reconstructed breast. Some surgeons actually make a nipple using the patients' skin. The majority of reconstructed breasts that I have seen in my practice are beautiful. We have many talented plastic surgeons. Read more...
No depending on how. Tram flap with your own tissue movement to recreate your breasts may have areas of fat necrosis - hardness. Subpectoral muscle silicone implants are more natural feeling but you may get a capsule a tight feeling . Best answer-- ask your plastic surgeon his experience - they have pictures good and bad to give you an idea of results then you can make an itelligent choice of what is right. Read more...
Options. There are many options available to patients needing reconstruction. The most natural way is using your own tissues. A diep flap is the most cutting edge way to achieve this natural result. It is using the abdominal fat /skin only (no muscle - as sacrificing your muscle is a tram). Find a diep center as this is a challenging technique that requires experience and expertise. Read more...
Breast cancer. No a breast reconstruction should not feel hard or unnatural. The main surgery i perform is the diep flap which uses the skin and fat of the abdomen to create natural feeling and appearinbrg breasts. With the release of silicone implants in the us market over the last few years we now can perform implant based reconstruction are natural in appearance and soft to the touch. Please see plastic surg. Read more...

General question. What is the 5 year. Survival of non-metastasised breast cancer if you only had a double mastectomy and no chemo and no radiation?

Depends. Not enough information. Depends on tnm staging. Treatment decisions based on that as well as biomarkers - er, pr, her2/neu. The absolute risk reduction provided by chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy can then be individualized. On useful online tool is adjuvant! online. That assumes adequate local control - eg surgery +/- radiation. Read more...

Need to know if you would choose to undergo a double mastectomy just because your own mother died of breast cancer?

Sorry to hear. Family history, especially in a first degree relative like your mother, will statistically increase your risk but that does not mean you jump into getting mastectomies. Depends on many factors: how old was she when she got it? Anyone else in the family? Any personal risk factors present? Discuss this with your doc and get a personalized risk assessment. Read more...

I am about to get tested for the breast cancer gene. If positive should I get a mastectomy?

That is not a . Decision that should be made by an on-line doctor who does not know you or your personal history. That is a very individual decision that should be made carefully with full information about risks with and without surgery. Read more...