• Are any of you skipping radiation after a diagnosis of DCIS? If so, why or why not. Thanks!

    Asked by april485 on Saturday, February 2, 2013

    Are any of you skipping radiation after a diagnosis of DCIS? If so, why or why not. Thanks!

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Radiation was part of my Oncologist's Treatment Plan for me. I did not skip radiation nor would I have considered it -- I made every effort to be aggressive in my battle against this evil and elusive enemy. Radiation can be a powerful weapon and the side effects were nothing compared to chemo - some burning and fatigue -- a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing that I did all that I could to destroy some little cell that may have strayed. Of course, everyone is different and they have to make the choice that is best for them - after all, they are the ones that have to live with their choice. I wish you the best!

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      I was only able to skip radiation by choosing a mastectomy rather than the lumpectomy! I too had DCIS.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynn1947's Avatar

      I didn't have radiation or chemo.Stage 0 DCIS.I didn't need chemo and my doctors were fine with no radiatIion.If needed I would take the radiation.Just as a precaution..I see where Lauri skipped radiation since she had a masectomy.Always wonder what to do.My doctor took my situation to a conference and this was what was suggested for my bc.3 1/2 year survivor.

      over 3 years ago
    • SuzanneV's Avatar

      I had DCIS and a lumpectomy. My doctor told me to do the standard treatment that they do at Kaiser:radiation and taking Tamoxifin (since I am hormone receptive). I am lucky that my husband works at UCSF who are on the forefront of research. I went for several second opinions and since my cancer was removed with a clear margin and was small (0,35mm), the doctors suggested there to not do the radiation as radiation is not without risks either and destroys many health cells too. I am taking the Tamoxifin as I don't want to gamble with this disease but in my case the DCIS was small and totally removed, my mammogram after the biopsy was clear, so these factors were deciding to not do radiation.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lynn1947's Avatar

      Like Susanne I also take tamoxifin.My cllean margins after my second surgery to check that..I had a lumpectomy also.I've had a few scares but always OK.I do have a fibroid tumor in my cancerous breast but no problems so far.

      over 3 years ago
    • ladybug's Avatar

      I never considered skipping radiation as I wanted to take advantage of all tools available to ward off any advancement of the cancer. I had no side effects whatsoever during the treatments but did have a seroma that presented in my surgical site a month after radiation tx ended. But it's hard to say that it was a result of radiation as it took 3 lumpectomies for me to have clear margins! Now a year later, and 3 all clear mammograms, etc, I have every confidence that all is well and will continue to be.

      over 3 years ago
    • Doberwomyn's Avatar

      I skipped it after clear margins and clean sentinel lymph node, but I had small infiltrating not Dcis (dcis means it has not broken thru as mine had) I just didn't feel right about it and although some people do ok I am the one who gets the rare stuff so I said no

      over 3 years ago
    • Thumper's Avatar

      I thought about it , but I didn't now I had a allergic reaction to after going to 7 dry no one has seen this . Ended up at a big hospital in Milwaukee to have the breast removed an a flap, still going through this two yrs in oct I feel like I can't get through it.

      over 3 years ago

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