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diane12 (@diane12)

Fear of radiation after lumpectomy

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Aug 9, 2018 | Replies (11)

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My radiation oncologist told me radiation offered a risk reduction of 55% to 60% for recurrence. Since my negative margin was only .5 mm, I went ahead with radiation and tolerated it well. I had all treatments on my back, and the technique did not affect my heart or lungs despite the tumor being quite deep. I did, however, refuse chemo. That only offered a 3% risk reduction. Totally not worth it in my book.

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I agree with you with chemo. The damage from it outweighed the drop in risk. Not worth it.

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