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