• im having a masecyomy so i dont need radiation

    Asked by four321 on Saturday, February 18, 2012

    im having a masecyomy so i dont need radiation

    did anyone have a masectomy and radiation and why

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Cath1953's Avatar

      I had a double masectomy because there is a lot of cancer in my family. The doctor said I only need one removed but I don' want to take any chances I had chemo and radiation. I had radiation because two and a half lymph node had cancer in them.Now I'm cancer free. If there is even a speck of cancer in your lymph nodes you should have radiation good luck

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, once in the past and will be again in few months. A mastectomy and radiation are pretty much apples and oranges and they don't serve the same purpose. Surgery is for removing tumors or large amount of cancer cells in the tissues. Radiation is to eliminate isolated individual cells or small groups of cells that may still be there post surgery.

      over 7 years ago
    • vanessa's Avatar

      i just finish 6 chemo treatments and will have my Mastectomy in March and i will have Radiation in April along with a year of chemo, this because i have stage 4 bone cancer that was caused by the breast cancer

      over 7 years ago
    • charku47's Avatar

      I had a double mastectomy and chemo. Was told I didn't need radiation then they recommended it. Radiation is all individual according to your cancer stage etc. I chose to do the radiation because I didn't want to look back 5 yrs later if I had a reoccurance and realize I didn't do everything possible to be cancer free. I hated every treatment due to all the side effects but I hate cancer more. I just felt I trusted my oncologist and went according to what they felt was best for me. If they don't feel you need it then that is great. My oncologists felt after they reviewed my situation again it was a good option for me. I would follow what your doctors recommend you to do. It only takes one cell for cancer to start coming back, that was what made my decision to do radiation. I wanted to kill that ONE cell.

      over 7 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      It's a hard decision, and there are short term and long term side effects of radiation. There are some general rules - if your tumor was bigger than 4 cm, then radiation is strongly recommended. If your tumor had any attachment to the chest wall, then radiation is practically a given. I had neither of those, so far as I know, so radiation is not a likely piece of my treatment plan. I have my post-double-mastectomy follow-up appointment on Tuesday, during which I will see the full pathology report and see what is recommended.

      I'm not keen on radiation unless it's clearly indicated. I had a pathologically complete response from the chemo... The long term side effects include muscle weakness ... and I already have stupid sensitive skin, so radiation burns are a likely problem for me....

      But, as charku says... if it is indicated - that there is a significant chance there's that one cell - then I'll do it, although I'll whine and pout and complain about it. I was a competitive athlete... and I'd like to be again.... So I'm hoping radiation will NOT be indicated.

      Heavy sigh... This cancer crap stinks - there is no doubt. And the treatment is harsh... And none of this gives a SWEAR WORD HERE about your goals nor those of your family....

      Good luck - I honestly hope that radiation is not indicated for you.... nor for me!


      over 7 years ago
    • sofarsogood's Avatar

      I had both because it was very unclear whether or not my cancer had spread. the radiologist said if it did show up again, there'd be nothing they can do. Research shows that radiation plus chemo is effective--More than chemo alone in preventing recurrence,
      He said I wouldn't want to be in a situation where the cancer returned, and I hadn't done all I could.

      The dilemma is the radiation itself can lead to new cancers.

      over 7 years ago
    • four321's Avatar

      thanks for all your feed back now im wondering if i should just get the lumpectomy since radiation seems the way to go since the cancer is in my lymphnodes oh im so undecided!!!!!

      over 7 years ago

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