Fear of radiation after lumpectomy
I was seriously thinking of refusing radiation after lumpectomy because I had complete removal of tumor with wide negative margins. I was convinced that there would be no lung, rib, or heart radiation by using the prone(lying on stomach) with breast hanging down. They have been very careful with treatments & very accommodating so after 4 treatments I am feeling more secure by my decision to do this to ensure all cancer was caught.
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Yes, thank you.
You are dealing with so much. I’m Holding you in my heart. 💕
yes thank you so much
@coloradored, have you talked to your radio-oncologist and/or surgeon about this swelling? Does it come and go?
@cctoo, did you reschedule to have radiation?
Like @crteelect, I also urge you to talk about your fears with your radiation-oncologist. They can help you make your decision based on facts specific to your medical history and not fear. Keep asking questions until you feel comfortable that you've understood the risks and the benefits of treatment.
My oncologist thinks the breast swelling will eventually decrease & she does believe that it us a result of the radiation. And, no- the swelling is a constant & lymphedema PT had no effect. I see my radiation oncologist for my last followup with him (one year post treatment). When I saw him for my 6 month follow-up, he said that none of his other patients experienced that. I had hypofractionated partial breast radiation twice a day for 5 consecutive days. He did tell me at my 6 month follow-up that he now has his patients take one day off between. I would definitely ask your radiation oncologist about his/her preferred protocol.
Have you talked to your radiation oncologist about this? Did he show you the radiation plan and the breath holding method for left sided breast cancer? Did he show you on the screen where radiation would be directed? Did you get a 2nd opinion?
I have one more full breast left sided radiation tomorrow and then 6 boost on the tumor. 21 in total.
Just read this on radiation for older women:
And, despite the swelling in my radiated breast, I had no other negative reactions & would choose to undergo this treatment.