Oh, the date for my surgery is coming fast and furiously closer. I am scared. I admit this only to my DH, who is very supportive. BUT I need to hear about or from people who have had non-invasive bc AND who took the courageous step toward bilateral mastectomies. I was googling Rene Syler and found this. I first learned of Rene Syler, who had a PBM two years ago, when I was in a plastic surgeon's office in Boston. There was a magazine with an article of her. I hadn't thought of her or that article until now. Now is when I need the reinforcement and support to keep me focused on moving ahead. It really isn't about my breasts, it's about staying alive and healthy for my kids. So, anyway, this is an excerpt from an online article on Rene Syler.
More From This ArticleProphylactic Mastectomy the Facts
While no national statistics exist, in the last five years more women at high risk for breast cancer—those with a strong family history, a genetic predisposition or with biopsies that indicate certain abnormal cell growth—are opting for prophylactic mastectomies, reducing their likelihood of developing breast cancer by up to 98 percent. "Women are choosing to be proactive in risk reduction," says Dr. Cheryl Perkins, clinical adviser for Susan G Komen for the Cure. "[The procedure] has become more readily available, more sophisticated and refined."
Most women are pleased with the results. "We find that almost always, quality of life improves," says Syler's own doctor Virgilio Sacchini, attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.