Hi Ides! I'm sorry to hear about your mom. My grandmother was 87 when she was dx w/ bc. She called and told us that she was going to have a double mastectomy in 3 days. I immediately asked her if I could get her records and have my oncologist go over them. She agreed. My oncologist was shocked that any physician would suggest a double mastectomy on a lady of her age. He said that the cancer wouldn't kill her. She would die of something else and he was right. I gave my grandmother the info and she decided to have 8 radiation treatments. She did pretty well. She was tired. She also lived by herself, out in the country. She traveled 45 miles one way to get treatment. She died at age 99 of simply old age.
I would have your mom talk to the radiologist also. Has she sought a 2nd opinion? Let her make the final decision. You also might contact your local American Cancer Society and see if they could put your mom in touch w/ someone near her age that has gone thru this. Talking to someone else might help her.
Let us know what she decides and how she does.
Post Edited (mcjane) : 11/21/2009 8:18:22 PM (GMT-7)