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Would you have radiation if there were only 5% chance of the breast cancer coming back?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 4 years
 
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did everything that was offered to me. If the cancer comes back it is much harder to fight.
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  • Sharon Doria Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I believe the chances of recurrence are over a 5 year period. In any case, I would do anything to reduce the chance of recurrence as far as I could. Just my opinion. Check with your doctor about the side effects of radiation and determine if it would further reduce your chances of recurrence. Best, Sharon D
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  • Jody F. Profile
    anonymous
    stage_3a Patient
    Yes!!
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Yes! I never took percentages into consideration. I did everything my team suggested. I wanted to live. Prayers to you.
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I believed in my team; Surgeon, Oncologist, RT, even my PCP and whatever was recommended I went with as I plan on being a long time survivor. If I hadn't been comfortable with any one of them I would have sought another opinion. I am now seeing a new Oncologist (actually his ARNP) and a different RT since mine left the practice but I still believe in them all. They have all become very dear friends and I really appreciate all those prior and those I now have and all that they have done for me.
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  • anna kaufman Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Yes! I went through radiation and it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I worked the whole time, teaching kindergarten, and was able to function normally. I just wore soft cotton tank tops under blouses, in order to be comfortable. We have to do what we can to prevent anymore cancer. Best of luck to you!
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    Yes !!! You need to do everything you can now because next time you may not get a chance too.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I was faced with a situation like this during the surgery phase. I had a mastectomy with 5 nodes removed. There was a micro cancer in one of the nodes that was only found through pathology. The surgeon told me after the surgery the nodes looked clear. She said there was an 8% there was cancer somewhere else in the axial lymph nodes but there was a higher chance of me developing lymphedema. So we decided NO to removing the rest of the lymph nodes. I am 9 years past treatment, cancer free. I know this is a different circumstance with a high rate of a life long side effect from lymphedema but I think you need to ask the negatives from the radiation treatment too. I am grateful to the surgeon for taking into consideration my lifestyle even though I was 60 at the time. I am and remain a very active woman. My oncologist also decided against using a second chemotherapy after A/C, 6-10 rounds of Taxol because with my type of cancer, I would only have a 1% benefit from it. In my case, this more prudent treatment was a bit of a gamble but I was fully informed before we all made the decision we did. I was a 2B staged with a 2-3 grade IDC, ER+, PR+, Her2- We are all different, our cancers are all different, and we have to make these decisions based on many things. You can ask for opinions from others but in the end, you have to look at your disease, and all of its individual risks, the type of surgery you had, etc. It's not left up to a vote by all of us. Our cancer's are different, some more rare, more advanced, etc. I also had the benefit of my case being brought up in front of a hospital tumor board. They all agreed about my treatment. Here I am, 9 years out having had a more conservative treatment. It is a tough choice because life.... is a gamble. Talk to your oncologist about the risks of radiation treatment but remember, whatever you choose, is right for you. Take care, Sharon
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