• Will have radiation to breast. How will radiation affect my ribs, heart and other underlying tissues. How specific is the treatment to the affected area.

    Asked by Rose on Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Will have radiation to breast. How will radiation affect my ribs, heart and other underlying tissues. How specific is the treatment to the affected area.

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      PinkD (Best Answer!)

      It probably depends on exactly where your tumor was and what direction they'll have to come at it from. The good news about breast radiation as it was explained to me is that they're much more able to keep the collateral damage down since the breast is an appendage, if you will!And yes, the treatment is VERY specific to the affected area. You'll see when you have your first appointment--they'll do all kinds of things to keep you in the exact right position so that the radiation only goes where they want it to.
      The only problem I had was a burned area on my shoulder and I think that was from the radiation they were doing to my lymph nodes. That happened toward the end of treatment so I didn't have to suffer too long. Have you done chemo? Radiation is a walk in the park by comparison! I bet you'll do great!!

      about 5 years ago
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      Rose

      Yes, I've had and I'm having chemo. Should be having my last one, but... Still have my tumor. They wanted to shrink it first. It's shrunk now, but them may want to give me another round of chemo. I think they should remove the tumor now.

      about 5 years ago
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      PinkD

      Hmmm, I had radiation after the lumpectomy so I can't share any personal experience--but I would certainly be sure that you make your concerns and opinions known to your medical team! And have them explain to you (over and over, if necessary, until you feel you really understand) what kind of reduction in tumor size they expect from radiation, why they feel it's important to shrink the tumor before removing it, etc. All the best...

      about 5 years ago
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      Rose

      Radiation will be after the lumpectomy or mastecomy. Dr's said lumpectomy, I was thinking mastecomy.

      about 5 years ago

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