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I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and a mastectomy.

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I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and a mastectomy. My other breast has already been removed for cancer. This morning I had a pet scan to see if it was anyplace else. Should I go ahead with the mastectomy tomorrow or wait for the results of the pet scan?
Dr. Thomas, MD :

hello

Customer:

Well

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Hi

Customer:

ok hi back

Dr. Thomas, MD :

It depends

Customer:

on what?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

If the cancer is aggressive and extensive enough you need the mastectomy regardless

Dr. Thomas, MD :

I am sure the doctors have considered this

Dr. Thomas, MD :

They are recommending go ahead correct?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Thomas, MD :

The PET is going to indicate what other treatments you might need

Dr. Thomas, MD :

How much chemo if any for example.

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Not whether you need the mastectomy or not

Dr. Thomas, MD :

The is recurrent and mastectomy is indicated

Customer:

is it worth it if the cancer has spread to say my bones or brain which is untreatable?

Dr. Thomas, MD :

It is not untreatable these days

Dr. Thomas, MD :

Yes

Customer:

thank you

Dr. Thomas, MD :

anytime

Dr. Thomas, MD :

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