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I've has a double mastectomy, 6 chemo treatments and 12 lymph nodes removed on one side. I'm thinking of not getting radiation. What is there left to radiate? Has anyone elected the same in the past?

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Stage 3A Patient over 6 years
 
  • Kathy M Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had a double mastectomy and chemo and will be undergoing radiation. Their reasoning was that there could still be cells under the breast skin especially if you had a skin sparing mastectomy which they often do if you elect to have reconstruction. As far as lymph nodes, I also had a lot removed but there are still lymph nodes remaining and radiation is supposed to be a direct attack on any residual cancer cell in that area. I hope this helps but if not perhaps get a second opinion from a different oncologist.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Estelle Dacquisto Profile
      anonymes
      Stage 3A Patient

      Ty for ur response. Actually I've also decided to have my silicone implants (size A) removed as I am always very stiff and uncomfortable. While doing that the doc will remove some skin (obviously) before closing. I'm just sick of being very...

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      Ty for ur response. Actually I've also decided to have my silicone implants (size A) removed as I am always very stiff and uncomfortable. While doing that the doc will remove some skin (obviously) before closing. I'm just sick of being very uncomfortable every day of my life. R u suffering from the pouches under the arms as well? Nobody told me this could happen.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymes
      Étude du cancer du sein

      I still have tissue expanders in because I haven't finished chemo. I can't stand them! I can't sleep comfortably. I'm hoping the implants feel a little better but I have heard there are some possible issues that can arise after getting implants...

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      I still have tissue expanders in because I haven't finished chemo. I can't stand them! I can't sleep comfortably. I'm hoping the implants feel a little better but I have heard there are some possible issues that can arise after getting implants especially if you are getting radiation. Are you going to try a different type of reconstruction?

      over 6 years Flag
    • Estelle Dacquisto Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      No, I just want them out. I really don't care right now about having any boobs. At the end of my rope with everything. Not even sure if I'll have the radiation. ty for ur comment.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Estelle Dacquisto Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      what kind of issues have u heard about re: radiation after reconstruction? interesting.

      over 6 years Flag
    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When you have implants radiation may cause capsular contracture which is like a hardening of the breast

      over 6 years Flag
  • Lori S Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Could also be remaining cancer cells in the chest wall.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Estelle Dacquisto Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 3A Patient

      true

      about 6 years Flag
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