Interesting info on Chemo, Rads & Mastectomy...

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Cindy802
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   Posted 3/30/2005 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It may help Newbies in making a decision in their treatment or it may answer some questions. Just thought I would pass it along. Hope it helps. Blessings.
 

Breast cancer has become an epidemic. After all of the these years and billions of dollars donated for research...WHERE IS THE CURE???

kmonke
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   Posted 3/30/2005 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Have any of you heard of the new "seed" radiation?  Can't remember what my rad onc called it, but she said they implant a seed into the area where the cancer was and radiate that area.  Less side effects and less trauma to those who react poorly to rads, like I did.  She said her partner went for the training last week and she goes next week.

Haven't heard anyone mention it, so just wondering.

Kitty


Skky
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   Posted 3/31/2005 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link. I have been on the fence trying to decide between lumpectomy vs. masectomy. My surgeon keeps saying go with the lump,but the final decision is mine. I can't help but feel the masectomy may be the better route.
Kitty- if you get the seed radiation do you still go for tx. everyday?
Michelle

MNlady13
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   Posted 3/31/2005 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for reminding people about the Imaginis web site. It is indeed a good source of information. Lauri
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Cindy802
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   Posted 3/31/2005 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Kitty, it is called "Brachytherapy". I call it "dose dense" rads. I Knew about it, prior to having rads, two years ago, but my rad onc didn't do it. It was really new. I almost chose not to have rads, because I was going for mastectomy and recon. I had already had a lumpectomy, with unclean margins. Anyway, my rad onc told me that I should have the rads, even though I was having mastectomy, as it would keep it from coming back in the skin. I am so thankful, now, that I did it...esp after seeing the studies.

Skyy, I agree with you. I initially wanted mastectomy and asked for one...but I let my doc talk me into lumpectomy. Had to have the mastectomy, anyway...so I had one needless surgery. Always go with your gut instinct. Many women don't feel this way, but I feel the mastectomy is the best choice. Good luck in making your decision.


Breast cancer has become an epidemic. After all of the these years and billions of dollars donated for research...WHERE IS THE CURE???

Luci
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   Posted 3/31/2005 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
"Seed" radiation is also used for tx following prostate cancer. I first heard about it when former NY mayor, Rudy Guiliani was dx'd with prostate cancer. This is the tx he chose. I'm sure it wasn't a picnic, but it seemed that he was out and around being mayor just as much in tx. as he was before DX. The only thing he changed was deciding not to run for senator against Hilary Clinton. And to quote that "FINE" NY tabloid daily, The News: "the rest is history." Hugs, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus


kmonke
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   Posted 3/31/2005 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I asked the rad onc if it was the same as what they use for prostrate cancer and she said that is a one time implant, and this is a weekly implant.  But works similarly.

Kitty

possitive
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   Posted 4/1/2005 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you cindy i think masectomy is the way to go also.My surgeon said if i had lumectomy that they might have to do it again,so i chose masectomy and im doing fine(3weeks ago) Tammy(possitive)
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