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Paget's of nipple and other areas of breast

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Hello I’m also a new member @debraw. I’m 70 yrs old and in excellent health besides this new haunting diagnosis . Suspected Paget’s 1yr ago with negative mammograms and ultra sounds ( no biopsy then). Confirmed Paget’s disease of the nipple ( Jan 2023) non-invasive with surgery scheduled for April 7 ( nipple and areola removal/ lumpectomy) MRI does not show any mass behind or lymph involvement. Pathology after surgery will determine my decisions forward . Drs say I will need radiation and EI. No breast cancer on my mother’s side of the family however on my fathers side yes ( Aunts, cousins, 2nd cousins)but I was always told that fathers side doesn’t matter. I’ve always had “dense” breast tissue and small benign cysts.
I’m comfortable with having the surgery to remove the cancer but totally freaked out by getting radiation and having to take EIs. I’ve always tried hard to keep toxins and chemicals out of my body ( but I guess it didn’t make any difference I still got breast cancer). I’m strongly considering no radiation and trying the EI. Do I really need radiation or is that over-treatment?? Trying to find the statistics for that decision. At this age I’d be happy with 10 healthy more yrs to live an active lifestyle rather than choose to be sick with radiation and the EIs. Currently I’m in the best health, very active and feeling strong and energetic. Doing my best to stay positive but still in shock and at times feel hopeless that my healthy lifestyle didn’t really matter anyway. Cancer is the luck of the draw.

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I am sorry about this shock of a diagnosis. It can really pull the rug out from under your feet. I am glad @sequoiatree and you can share notes. I remember feeling like everything I did to avoid cancer and stay healthy was pointless, but I was reminded that being healthy helped a lot when going through treatment and leads to better outcomes.
I do not think you are in a hopeless situation even though shock can leave you feeling this way.
I would also let you know radiation isn’t that hard and when it is done, it is done. I had it for 6 weeks and my husband had it for 5 weeks. Mostly it makes you really tired. There obviously can be other side effects but radiation has come a long way. In the years between mine, and my husbands last year.
What is it about radiation that worries you?

High dose of vitamin C intravenos instead of radiation.