Anyone have experience with APBI (Partial Breast Irradiation)?

Posted by daisyviolet @daisyviolet, Sep 6 8:19am

Anyone familiar with external partial radiation for early stage BC? I am 8 weeks post lumpectomy and deciding on radiation for my left breast…which has me concerned about my heart. I am 64 years old and my Stage 1 cancer was caught early at 4mm, ER+, PR+, HER2 Neg, Neg Nodes. Might just skip the radiation and try the hormones or skip it all. Totally unsure at this point. Onco 14, and no genetic predisposition.

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Hi @daisyviolet, fellow members @jejones @beazerholt45 @ellerbracke @sandyrob @slfisher1976 had partial breast radiation or considered it, and may be able to share their experiences.

Treatment decision making is so hard. Daisy, do you have a pre-existing heart condition?

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I had a similar dx and was 74 at the time. Had 3 sessions of partial breast radiation at Mayo with no side effects.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @daisyviolet, fellow members @jejones @beazerholt45 @ellerbracke @sandyrob @slfisher1976 had partial breast radiation or considered it, and may be able to share their experiences.

Treatment decision making is so hard. Daisy, do you have a pre-existing heart condition?

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My heart is good.

Studies have found a link between radiation therapy for breast cancer and a higher risk of heart and lung problems, especially if the cancer is in the left breast, the same side as the heart.
This information is provided by Breastcancer.org.

And I understand the risks are low but still concerning to me.

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@sandyrob

I had a similar dx and was 74 at the time. Had 3 sessions of partial breast radiation at Mayo with no side effects.

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Absolutely no side effects at all from the 3-day partial breast radiation!!!👍

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