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    Hi, Becky, I was diagnosed in October. Had lumpectomy and bilateral breast reduction in December. Am now getting ready to start 28 to 33 sessions of radiation. How are you? Is there anything I can do for you? I am 61 also. I have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters. Be in touch! Regards, Suzy

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    About to have my first visit with the radiation oncologist. Very scary. I have had a couple of strong opinions not to have brachytherapy.

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      I am 59 year old white female. I was dx with Her2+ breast cancer in my left breast in 4/08. I went through sx paritial mast. with removal of, 9 postive out of, 14 nodes. I had a wonderful strict do it like I tell you surgeon. I followed her instruction to the "T". I did the arm exercises, took my meds and kept every single appointment. I had chemo from 5/08 to 8/08 also follow my onocologists instructions. Then radiation for 33 days, from 9/08 to 11/08. I saw a pulminary dr. for about 6 month after the radiation for Fibrosis in the lung from radiation. Took Prednisone for 4 mo. and now almost like brand new. The Herceptin started every three weeks for a year. This started 7/08 to 8/09. Had a hysterectomy 9/09. No cancer there, but fibroids Couldn't have the hysterectomy until I was off the Herceptin for at least 2 weeks. I has a talking appt with a Onocologist nutritionist from UCLA to find out what I should be eating and not eating. Also, exercise. I feel really good and am still working. I worked after my surgery, thru chemo and radiation. Granted I was very tired, I did alot of pushing. I would come home and just drop, but that is what kept me going. Faith, Family, Church family, friends and work. I am doing very well now and I pray for your journey to be a smooth one. If you have any questions please ask me. Take care and God Bless you! D

      over 4 years ago
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    Has anyone had brachytherapy for breast cancer?

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi Suzy,

      We have many women affected by breast cancer so I would expect someone will weigh in soon. I'll see if I can proactively find someone with this experience to give you some perspective.

      Thanks!
      Karen

      almost 5 years ago
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    Suzy asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Is there any way to predict the side effects of radiation therapy?

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      TubThumping

      Suzy,
      I had 25 rounds of radiation Oct-Nov 2010 to the upper shoulder area. I was able work through most of it but in the end was ultra tired. I kept cream on my skin, front and back, but never thought to look at my armpit! About round 22 I started losing the skin under my armpit and that continued for about 5 days. I used Biofin on it, wore cotton undershirts and let 'the girls' be free. All in all I thought it wasn't awful.
      Then, eight months later I started having problems with my hand, dropping things, sloppy writing and then it got worse. Officially they say I have brachial plexopathy. The radiation damaged the brachial plexus nerve. It's a side affect that doesn't happen often but it is worth discussing with your radiation oncologist.
      Lori

      almost 5 years ago
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      happydad

      I had stereotactic radiosurgery (targeted radiation) for two melanoma tumors in my brain in early January. One was in the right frontal lobe and the other in the PONS (central control for the brain). The neurosurgeon had a page long list of possible side effects. He basically told my wife to watch for stroke-like effects, but that the effects might show up until six to twelve months later, but to keep an eye on me for any signs. It is really just wait and see for me. I wish you the best.

      almost 5 years ago
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      ARLIE2011

      I started my 19 treatments of Whole Breast, 2 field confornal radiation with 2 boosts to my right breast on November 7,2011-December 2,2011. I was diagnosed with Stage I,infiltrating ductal carcinoma. I had a schedule I followed. I kept things simple. I had a time for everything, getting up and going to bed, my ride to my treatments and home. All my meals,snacks and bathtime,then to bed.I journalled alittle each night.I ate a very healthy diet all the time.It's my lifestyle now. I was positive much of the time.If I did'nt feel like it, I'd put a smile on my face anyway. I started losing my hair the first week which I called shedding.The healing of my underarm was the difficult part.But it healed in 10 days.I started Armidex on November 5. I have some chemo. brain but I keep active,pysically and mentally. I have had the support of a loving friend and my cat,Georgie,all threw it. Today I am Grateful to be a Survivor.

      almost 5 years ago
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    I will see the radiation oncologist next week. I have just returned to work after a 6 week recovery from surgery. I am afraid that I will be sick again. Is there anyway to determine what my side effects will be? I don't know what to do about my work.

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      Hi Suzy,

      I hope that your recovery and return to work has been going smoothly for you. Your concerns are shared by others. I'm going to recommend that you post this question in our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on the "Ask Network" link on your logged in home page or the "Questions" link at the top of this page. When you post needs/questions using our question feature, we route your question to everyone in the network who might be able to help. Also, know you can use the "Update" feature on the site to keep anyone who might be following you on WhatNext up to date.

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      almost 5 years ago