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More details: NYC Sloane Kettering surgeon said that if I DID have radiation, and any cancer returned, I would not qualify for another lumpectomy--that I would only qualify for a mastectomy. Is that TRUE? Please help.

Janet Layden Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 7 years
 
  • Cindy Smalley Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    That is what I was told also. Just hope it never comes back.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I just learned something new
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    That's why I did lumpectomy with radiation first. I figured if it returned I'd do chemo and mastectomy. No radiation again on that side.
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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Janet, I was told the same. You can never do radiation on the same breast a second time.
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    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Yes, that is true. Your breast can only take that many radiation exposure. Mastectomy will save your life. Good luck :) Radiation Girl
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    They can't radiate the breast twice. Even if you don't or can't get clean margins they suggest the mastectomy.
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I know they can't radiate the same breast twice and if you had a recurrence I would imagine their thinking would be to just remove the breast tissue entirely.
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  • Lorraine Hill Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I'm very interested in your decision with it being in situ ?
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Lorraine , I am er pr hr- 1.30cm rt breast stage1 I go for my lumpectomy & sentinel node biopsy tomorrow. How did you feel after your procedure? And have you got your lymph node results back yet? Thank you

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