As I’m over 65 I was given a choice of partial breast radiotherapy or none at all, due to my pathology, after the Prime 2 study. Noticed the study was on whole.

I chose to take it, starting next week, as unsure if I would tolerate hormone therapy for 5 years.

Ive been doing more reading and researching and worried about the difference between partial and whole.

Concerned the appearance could be a lot worse and also about recurrence in the other part of the breast.

At planning scan radiographer said only part of my breast would shrink. 

Struggling with my decision.

Hello Mermaid13  

Thanks for posting. Making decisions about treatment can be difficult and it’s understandable you are struggling with your decision.  

When deciding which areas to treat and how, your treatment team will consider factors such as the location, grade, size and stage of your cancer. Information from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produce guidelines for the treatment and management of early breast cancer. These include information about partial breast radiotherapy, and outline who it might be suitable for and the risks and benefits.  

Side effects may include a change to the size and shape of the breast for some people and it’s understandable you’re concerned about this.  

As you are worried about the difference between partial and whole breast radiotherapy, are unsure about tolerating hormone therapy and concerned about appearance and risk of recurrence it might be helpful to have another conversation with your oncologist. They have all the information about your individual situation and are best placed to advise you.  

We offer a range of free supportive services for anyone who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer which you may be interested in. They include face to face and online courses and events.  

In particular, talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who’s had a similar experience to you. They’ll be a phone call or email away to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen.  

You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0114 263 6490 or email them at someone.likeme@breastcancernow.org, so they can then match you to your volunteer.    

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