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Brief outline:Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Under went a lumpectomy and was given chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I had a lumpectomy, two weeks after I had [my son], I had a caesarean on 26th June and it was almost three weeks after actually that I had the lumpectomy, it was on 14th July.
Then they wanted again for me to recover from that before I started my chemotherapy and I started that in October 1997.
I managed to give him his first breast feed as well.
Although after that they gave me bromocriptine to dry the breast milk out, which is a drug that dries the milk out, because obviously they wanted the milk to dry out so that in the future they could operate on the breast.
And obviously having had a caesarean I needed to be over that before I had this further operation.
What were the treatment options that you were, that you discussed?
Obviously it was a slightly unknown factor due to the fact that I was pregnant. So what they wanted to do was get me into hospital for them to help me give birth to [my son] as soon as I could.
And again we had all the options explained with the birth as well. That they would try to induce me but I would probably have to have a caesarean because the pregnancy was quite early. And then afterwards they wanted me to have time to recover from the birth and then have the breast operated on.
On 14th July I had a lumpectomy. [My husband and] I again had discussed it quite openly and said that if I needed a mastectomy or even a double mastectomy that we were quite happy for the doctors to do that. We gave our consent for that because at the end of the day obviously you know my health and being there for [my son] in the future was the most important thing.
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