How To Decide Next Steps After Lumpectomy.
I am 66 years old and I had a lumpectomy and oncoplastic breast reduction on June 23 after being diagnosed with IDC IA, pT1a, pN0(sn), grade 1, ER+, PR+, HER 2- breast cancer in my right breast. My breast surgeon removed 100 grams of tissue down to the chest wall from my right breast along with one sentinel lymph node. The plastic surgeon removed another 100 grams of tissue from my right breast along with skin, Then 200 grams of tissue along with skin from my left breast. The pathology on all tissue and skin from both breasts along with the sentinel lymph node came back negative.
I have seen a radiation oncologist and she did not push radiation therapy. My husband and I both felt that she thought endocrine therapy would be better. Then she told me that if I decided to do radiation she would recommend 3 weeks/5days a week of full breast radiation.
I have my appointment with a medical oncologist this Thursday and I have been trying to do some research but the more I read the more confused I get. How does one figure out what is best?