I am so confused about what to do. I have been told that I have early stage breast cancer and I can have either a lumpectomy or mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction. How do I choose?

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Women diagnosed with in-situ and early stage breast cancers have equal survival after lumpectomy and mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction.

 PRO FOR MASTECTOMY WITH IMMEDIATE BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: Lumpectomy is always followed by radiation. So for those who wish to avoid radiation and its side effects, mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction may be more desirable.

PRO FOR LYUMPECTOMY: On the other hand, mastectomy will always leave the breast feeling numb, no matter how realistic the reconstructed breast appears. In patients who wish to preserve as much sensation to their breast as possible, then lumpectomy is a better option.