Please let us now what you decide. I really feel for you.
Should I skip radiation which means continue on with my recovery from surgery and back to normal life and don't have to endure any side effects of radiation although have higher risk of the DCIS recurring OR go through radiation (25 sessions), feeling fatique etc, but reduce the recurring risk rate by 50% ?
What make it harder to make the decision is because even the RO said "I wont twist your arm to do it" ... whats that suppose too mean ??
I had DCIS stage 0, intermediate grade, margin clear and had lumpectomy ..
Sorry if my typing a bit everywhere ladies ..
surgery but decided that my best chance of this this not coming back was to go ahead. I am now 1 week off starting Tamoxifen for 5 yrs. My decision was based on all the research I did and knowing I have done everything possible not to have recurrence not only for me but my family. Very hard personal choice. You have to be comfortable in your own decisions and i'm sorry it's a battle for you. There is no right or wrong here. And no one has the right to judge you until they have walked in your shoes. I wish you well OXOXO
I had my meeting yesterday with the Oncologist and she didn't convince me enough to take radiation therapy however she gave me some more websites to check out to do more research.
my cancer was the lowest and it was detected very early and removed stage 1A grade 1
I have until 10 July to make my final decision.
best wishes and thanks again for your replies and keep well
This is a tough one. All I can tell you is that I wanted to know I had done everything possible to prevent a recurrence so I took all the recommendations on board, did my research and ran with the lot.
There are no guarantees but it is important to know you will have no regrets. As my Onc said at the time, we can aim for a cure first time round, but that won't happen if it comes back.
Best wishes with your decision.
Dx 20 Sept 2006, 2 cm IDC + DCIS, 1/16+ node, ER+, PR+, HER2-, 4 AC, 4 Taxol, 33 rads
CFEM Trial 5 years Arimidex, 5 year SOLE trial Femara
Dx Aug 2016 neuroendocrine cancer in pancreas, mets to liver, abdominal nodes, hip, skull, scalp and breast.
There are good reasons for and against rads as with most treatments. It isn't easy to make the decision at all. I believe we need to do our own research and then run it past the Oncologist to dispel or uphold concerns. Best of luck with your decision.
Dx LCIS Dec 1997, Dx IDC, DCIS, bilateral LCIS Oct 2005 er+pr+her2-
Bilateral Mastectomies, expanders and silicone implants
It's a tough decision...and one I had to make re chemo. I had a mastectomy and decided on a second mastectomy 6 months later, so my situation was different. I spent a long time discussing the pros and cons of further treatment with my medical team but in the end it was my decision. I did go (I think!) with the way they were leaning but it was a hard choice and of course you second guess for a long time.
A work collegue had a lumpectomy some months ago and decided against radiation therapy. She comes from a medical family and I know they, and some other of her medical friends thought she had done the wrong thing but that was the decision she made.
Probably not much help I know, but I do know how troubling it is to make that call.
Please speak to your Drs of your concerns and they will be able to help, as Ruth says, taking your results into consideration and also the effects rads might have on you.
Great that you re feeling good!
I'm interested in any comments about the above. I've just had a lumpectory 2 weeks ago today and feeling very well. No pain in my arms or right breast where I had the breast conserving surgery. I am "lucky"the size removed was 11 mm and grade 1. However my mother had breast cancer so there is family history of it. Because I am feeling OK and so far have had no side effects to the surgery I am considering NOT having radiation therapy or taking therapy drugs eg Tamoxifen. Anyone out there thinking or done the same ... Judy01
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