While you may be able to exercise some choice in the type of breast surgery completed, there may be some important factors that will impact your options.
Types of breast surgeries available:
The idea of losing your breast(s) is a devastating aspect of a breast cancer diagnosis, especially for young women. The advancements in reconstruction, and the options available, can help to reduce the fear and anxiety you may have about your body image, post-surgery.
Reconstruction options your plastic surgeon may discuss with you:
If you are pre-menopausal and your cancer is hormone positive, part of your treatment may include removal of your ovaries and in some cases, a total hysterectomy may be recommended. Typically this will happen after you have completed chemotherapy and radiation.
One of the most significant side effects from this step in treatment, as a young woman, is menopause. Living with the symptoms of surgically induced menopause is more challenging, especially when your breast cancer is hormone positive.