• Has anyone undergone radiation after masectomy and chemotherapy with one to three postive lymph nodes?

    Asked by Brownj1 on Friday, September 14, 2012

    Has anyone undergone radiation after masectomy and chemotherapy with one to three postive lymph nodes?

    I underwent a double masectomy with axillary dissection on right side with one positive lymph node and minor changes in lymph duct, and had chemotherapy after surgery. Had fairly large high grade tumor on right side with two satellite lesions on the right, Stage 2 cancer. I saw two radiation oncologists including the head of the department at the major cancer center where I am being treated, and both have left the decison up to me.

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I had 6 out of 12 lymph nodes positive on my left side after a bilateral mastectomy and lymphectomy. I was IIIa and so had chemo and radiation. I think with positive nodes I would throw everything at my cancer.

      over 8 years ago
    • Damaris' Avatar

      Radiation for me wasn't easy, but I will do everything I can to shrink the chance of cancer coming back. I had 3 positive lymph nodes under my left arm. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had 8 out of 11 positive -- I had bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. The enemy in this battle is very elusive -- therefore, if radiation can zap a lingering cell, then it is worth it. Radiation was not too bad -- some fatigue and a little burning whereby I had to take a week off to heal -- but worth it just to know that I have done all that I can possible do to win this battle. Good Luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Hi, You don't state what your hormonal status is, whether you are hormone positive or her2neu positive. Regardless, I would also do anything in my power to keep the beast from returning. If your tumor was large with 2 satelites I would try and be sure nothing was returning in my chest. Radiation is very controlled and nothing like what you may have heard about "cobalt" treatments. Your hair won't fall out again, and you won't get sick from it, although you might be sick and tired (Literally tired) from the treatments every day by the end. I had bilateral mast with chemo before hand because if Inflammatory breast cancer. After surgery (about 4 wks after) I began radiation., and it was tedious but I got through it with no problems other than I was very fatigued at the end, and I am fair skinned so I burned towards the end. If you decide to do rads, use any and all the lotions etc they give you (and only those) and you can use all the Aloe gel you want.(which you can find in a health foods store). Use it lavishly all day everyday except just before the treatment. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Hello Brownj. Yes, I am doing the radiation now after mastectomy and chemo. I had one bad node. The newest finding is that they don't do the axillary nodes surgery now and recommend the chemo and radiation. Sloan Kettering has issued findings that the long term result is virtually the same. I then made sure I had radiation. But I did ask that if I did have the additional nodes removed would I still need radiation and it was recommended. It gets any remaining cells left near chest wall and tissue. I was also stage 2 in left breast, Er and Pr positive and Her2 negative. Nothing in other side. The radiation is nothing to worry about. Cake walk after all other stuff! I am just keeping a close eye on skin since I want the reconstruction done later. Just relaying what I've learned fr my doctors.. looks like it may be worth it.
      Best of luck-D

      over 8 years ago
    • Heather's Avatar

      I have stage 3C breast cancer which spread to 10 of my lymph nodes which led me to get a double mastectomy in July. I am currently undergoing chemo as we speak and when finished I will have 6 weeks of radiation - I will do anything to make sure that the cancer does not spread to any other part of my body!

      over 8 years ago
    • Debsjourney's Avatar

      I had two of 17 noes positive. I chose to do radiation following chemo after a consult with a radioloy oncologist. My husband went with me and after we left, to have time to digest everything we were told, we looked at each other and decideed it was a no brainer.....radiation I would do. Ifit would increase the chance of this hideous disease not returning it would be worth the discomfort. Surprisingly it was not too bad. After chemo, which I was lucky and never missed a single day of work in six months other than chemo Friday's, radiation was a walk in the park. 33 reatments. There was some burning and I just gave up wearing a bra during the process but again, did not miss any work because of it. I wanted to do whatever it took to kick cancers butt God willing, 4.5+ years survivor, I will continue down the survivor road. Good Luck to you and God Bless. You can do this!!! We are strong women :)

      over 7 years ago

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