How do I decide between a lumpectomy and mastectomy?

This is a very personal choice. Studies have shown that women who make their own decisions and do not rely solely on their doctors’ suggestions are happier with the results of their surgery regardless of which they choose. Talk to your doctors, use your instinct and consider many different factors, including: cancer type, body image, feminine identity, piece of mind, breast conservation, reconstruction, radiation (often, radiation is not given after a mastectomy).