Hi all, I usually post on the RA and CD forum but have come here for advice on my mothers op next week - 5th Aug.
Just a quick summary of whats happening -
My mother had a routine mammogram and it showed something shadowy but very small (they thought it could have been a vein). She was referred to a Breast assessmenr clinic in a major Sydney hospital (brand new facility - everything you need in the one place) where they took another mammogram and this time an ultrasound. The ultasound found that the shadow was a 4mm lump and they biopsied it that day. The biopsy came back with cancer cells, so they have booked her in for what I think they call a loop incision and she is having some dye put through to see if any lymph areas are affected. She is really lucky to have caught such a small lump so quickly but she is extremely scared as both her mother and sister died from breast camcer.
My question is (and we have asked all the Dr.s about this without a good enough answer) is radiation therapy necessary if all the cancer is completely removed? She has delayed answering them about having rad, therapy until she see's the Dr. post-op on the 18th Aug. To me radiation therapy, doesnt seem necessary if given the all clear - its like taking a pain killer before you get a headache.
Any advice is much appreciated.
thanks for reading this.
Crohn's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Humira
Bowel Resection Sept. 07
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