Breast cancer survivor grateful for personalized mastectomy and reconstruction decisions

Frances Arnoult had a double mastectomy, but she never had to see what she would have looked like without breasts. That’s because her MD Anderson breast surgeon and plastic surgeon teamed up to perform both surgeries at once in April 2018.   “Once it was done, it was done,” Frances says. “And, for me, that was a real gift.” Patients undergoing breast cancer surgery face a series of extremely personal decisions. But Frances says her MD Anderson care team empowered her to make the best ones for her from start to finish of her breast cancer treatment. A pre-invasive breast cancer diagnosis MD Anderson for breast cancer treatment Frances was devastated when her doctor told her of her breast cancer diagnosis. She had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a pre-invasive breast cancer that can sometimes become invasive and spread out of the ducts into nearby tissue. It was in her left breast. Frances had an appointment that had been scheduled for her at another Houston hospital, but her plans changed when she turned to a friend and breast cancer survivor for comfort. “You live less than 7 miles from the best cancer hospital in the country,” her friend said. “Why would you go anywhere else?” Frances reached out to MD Anderson the next day. Mastectomy and breast reconstruction decisions At MD Anderson, Frances underwent mammograms of both breasts and an ultrasound-guided biopsy which confirmed her DCIS diagnosis. After that, she  saw breast surgeon Isabelle Bedrosian, M.D., and plastic surgeon Carrie Chu, M.D. Frances’ care team recommended a mastectomy on her left breast, where the cancer was located. The biopsy...