• Anyone do the Canadian protocol for radiation? 3 weeks rather than 6?

    Asked by Loafer on Saturday, January 12, 2013

    Anyone do the Canadian protocol for radiation? 3 weeks rather than 6?

    I meet with RO on Monday and they support the accelerated plan if you meet the clinical trial requirements (early stage, lumpectomy, clear margin, no nodes etc). Will find out if I qualify.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I've never heard it called that, but there is no one size fits all protocol for radiation. It sounds like this may be the experimental protocol in a clinical trial.

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      Hi Loafer,
      I was told about the Canadian protocol; however, I did not qualify for it has my cancer was infiltrating lobular carcinoma. I was eligible for brachytherapy after lumpectomy if margins and nodes were clear. I think it depends on your type of cancer. I did get the brachytherapy as my final path report showed a second cancer not detected on mammogram and I had two sentinel nodes involved. Had bilateral mastectomy and then did not need radiation, just 4 round of chemo! I was lucky!

      over 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      Hi Loafer,
      I was told about the Canadian protocol; however, I did not qualify for it as my cancer was infiltrating lobular carcinoma. I was eligible for brachytherapy after lumpectomy if margins and nodes were clear. I think it depends on your type of cancer. I did not get the brachytherapy as my final path report showed a second cancer not detected on mammogram and I had two sentinel nodes involved. Had bilateral mastectomy and then did not need radiation, just 4 round of chemo! I was lucky!

      over 4 years ago
    • torontocanada's Avatar
      torontocanada

      Hi there Loafer I was told that I would do radiation for three weeks after my 6 rounds of chemo. I am in Canada, however, my margins are clear but not "clear enough" for the radiation oncologist, so likely have to look into more surgery (progressing from lumpectomy to mastectomy). Seems that the 3 week regime is one of the standards here. I know our centre in Toronto is a top cancer research centre. Most of us are really confident in our care.

      over 4 years ago
    • Doberwomyn's Avatar
      Doberwomyn

      I believe that is a stronger dose; so that made me think twice since i am reluctant to do the usual

      over 4 years ago

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