CNN: No radiation after surgery OK for some patients.

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Alcie
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   Posted 5/21/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw the trailer on TV but had to do a search on CNN to find the story.  It basically says that for some older patients there was no benefit to having radiation "therapy" (my quote marks) after surgery.  I do note that this is not for everyone!
 
I am one of the somewhat older patients, and I feel I was forced into rads even though I had only a 6% chance of recurrence.  I suffer every day from the effects of the radiation and wish I had never had it. 
 
Now I investigate everything somewhat fanatically every time I need a new procedure or drug. 
Alcie
 
 


harrington49
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   Posted 5/22/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alcie

I am sorry you had to go through the radiation, I can only imagine how terrible it must have been. Good on you for being fanatical (although I don't think you are), where your health is concerned, if you're not fanatical about it then no-one else is either.

Personally, I was one of the lucky ones who did not need radiation or chemo afterwards as my cancer had not travelled but the lump had been in my breast for 6 years so I was told, however they did take my lymph nodes under the arm but like I said I am one of the more lucky ones and I thank God everyday for that. On Thursday this week, I am going for my 10 year examination - I can hardly believe it has been that long as I still remember the day the doctor found it.

I hope you stay well Alcie and keep being fanatical.

Kind regards

Jocelyn
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Alcie
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   Posted 5/22/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Jocelyn -

How did they decide you didn't need rads? I was told it was standard and even with an extremely low risk of recurrence and negative (one) lymph node, I was not given a choice or counceled in any way about whether I needed it or not.

I didn't need chemo, wouldn't have survived it with my sensitivities, allergies.
Alcie
 
 


barkyboys
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   Posted 5/25/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Some doctors present their word as sacred and don't give options. Sometimes they are right. But I would ALWAYS insist on an explanation for why there are no alternatives. If their explanation is valid, okay. If they can't or won't say why, I think it's time for a second opinion.

Hind Sight--- usually better than 20/20! But may help someone else who is just starting the journey.

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


harrington49
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   Posted 5/26/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alcie

My specialist came into my room and said I have excellent news for you, there was no residual cancer left. I asked him to speak in layman's terms and he said you will not have to have chemo or rads as there is nothing left. But he did say the cancer had been there for 6 years but had not travelled.

In Australia they don't send you for it if they think it isn't necessary and like I said tomorrow I am going for my 10 year check up.
Harrington49

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