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Just diagnoised with DCIS, stage 0, grade 1. Had a lumpectomy with clean margins. Not sure about radiation treatment. Do I need it?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 7 years
 
  • Joanne Pawling Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was diagnosed dcis, stage 0, grade 2 and 3. Lumpectomy done and also had clear margins. My doctors have recommended radiation, and I began treatments last week. I also began taking Tamoxifen. I wish you well in your decision. my thought was fight it now, and hopefully I will never have to deal with this again.
    almost 7 years Flag
    • Karen S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Did your Dr recommend you taking the Tamoxifen or was it something you thought would help down the road?

      over 5 years Flag
    • Sharie Thomason Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I opted not to take Tamoxifen-I haven't felt well since Radiation ended almost 5 months ago. I really feel overtreated Lumpectomy, Lymph Node dissection and 33 Radiation Treatments. Queen B of Early Detection

      over 4 years Flag
    • Lori Mitchell Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharie, Im wondering why you opted not to take Tamoxifen...?

      over 4 years Flag
  • Lisa Lefeber Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Your doctor would have the best call on that. I know with mine before we knew if there was Lymph Node involvement, he said if there was any node involvement that they AUTOMATICALLY suggest radiation. I think radiation was the easiest part of my treatment. Yeah it was tiring having to go to the clinic EVERY DAY, but it was nothing compared to getting chemo once every 3 weeks.
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Douglas Feil Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    That's a question for your doctor. You should get your doctor's opinion. My mom had the same thing, though, about 5 years ago. I think she opted out of radiation, but again, you have to get some second opinions. I think they (doctors) do radiation after a lumpectomy because they want to make sure they got all the abnormal cells, so nothing has a chance to spread later.
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Alison Soule Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Ask and get a second. Opinion. I was told it's insurance, but I did it. I've heard lately that maybe people don't need it after clean margins? Not sure it's confirmed...just medical articles. Best
    about 4 years Comment Flag
  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    As said only a physician can answer that
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Melanie Roth Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I say better safe then sorry but do your research and discuss it with your doctor. You need to make the right decision for you. God bless.
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Lou Cam Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    My mother had the same diagnosis, and she had the radiation that is given twice a day for 4 - 5 days. Radiation seems to make a difference in reoccur acne from everything that I have read
    over 5 years Comment Flag

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