Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a traumatic experience, and figuring out the right treatment options for you can be an overwhelming and even frightening decision. After all, it’s generally a decision you’ll have to make within a short span of time, and it could impact the course of the rest of your life.
Your choice could be influenced by dozens of factors, and you may be thinking that the last thing you should care about is what your scar will look like if you get a mastectomy. But for some women, the mastectomy scar is an important part of the decision. After all, breasts are symbols of womanhood and motherhood. Having your breast or breasts surgically removed is likely to have a strong emotional effect on you.
Before you decide on a treatment plan, let this video help guide you by explaining three different types of mastectomy, the last of which is newer and not as well known but offers the option of hiding the mastectomy scar for a better aesthetic after everything has healed. It may seem like vanity, but it’s a trick that could help many cancer victims cope with the changes their bodies go through after cancer so they can get back to feeling like their normal selves faster.
There’s no one right or wrong way to treat your breast cancer, and there’s no one right or wrong type of mastectomy; you need to choose what works best for you. But it’s good to have another option, and for those women who are worried about what a scar will look like on their bodies, this surgery may give them one less thing to worry about as they battle cancer.
Check out the video below to learn how this new type of mastectomy works.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?