• 8ml tumor

    Asked by DebbieI on Sunday, February 25, 2018

    8ml tumor

    87 year old MIL has 8 ml tumor, early stage and slow growing. Surgeon wants lumpectomy with internal radiation. I wondering if at her age she should just wait. She is in good health otherwise

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      What does she want to do? And, really, why wait? I dont think a lumpectomy is that difficult to recover from under most circumstances. (Says she who has never had one...)

      I do think that my mom, same age, might opt to do nothing. But, one never really knows until hit with the situation. (I said i would never do chemo until it was my only choice)

      10 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      If it was me and it isn't I'd just leave it alone and get on with life..

      10 months ago
    • cak61's Avatar

      Having had a lumpectomy, if it were my mom I would say at least take it out. I also had internal radiation, which wasn't that bad, but at her age I might opt to not do. Time consuming and tiring.
      Just my opinion.

      10 months ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      I'm agreeing with all on here,, I have a mom who has had 5 types of cancer,, that last one was when she was about 90, thank goodness no chemo or radiation was needed at that time. she's 93 now and both my daughters and myself feel that we'd not do anything, meaning no surgery or treatment.
      You haven't said what the doctor's view point is.
      Is she in any pain at all?
      Well wishes to your mom,, and praying for the best

      10 months ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar

      If you went to a reputable surgeon who gave you his expert opinion, why would you disagree? A lumpectomy would remove it completely and let pathology determine the surrounding area. (I assume she's only had a needle biopsy). If you DON'T trust the opinion you've gotten, get a second one. I don't know what your credentials are, but if she's in very good health otherwise, why not give her the best chances to live another 15 years?

      10 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      At 87 years of age, your MIL is capable of making her own decisions.

      A best idea is to garner an independent 2nd opinion and then, if she is open to suggestion, have a family conference.

      Best wishes

      10 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I agree with Mary1313. If your MIL is in very good health and you went to a reputable surgeon who recommended it, why would you consider not having it done? That would be up to her and the surgeon to decide, based on her medical records.

      I've had two lumpectomies as one day surgeries and went back to work in less than a week. It would be best for her not to be alone while she's taking pain medicine (a few days?).

      10 months ago
    • mwfd's Avatar

      I agree with the other posts. My added suggestion is to ask the surgeon about complications from the lumpectomy and radiation. I had cording from a lumpectomy and was terrible pain until I had occupational therapy. I would hate to see an 87 year old woman go through the same thing.

      10 months ago

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