Benefits vs risk of radiotherapy


After a successful 2nd lumpectomy with clear margins (following DCIS diagnosis), it has been suggested that I may want to consider ‘not’ having radiotherapy as it may be of little benefit to me in terms of reducing the risk of reoccurrence. Up until this point I was told that I would definitely need radiotherapy.

Meeting with an oncologist soon to discuss further. Has anyone else been in this position too?

Thanks in advance,


Hello Shana72,

Thank you for your post.

I am sorry you haven’t had a response yet. I am hopping my post will help our members to find it and offer their advice or even share their experiences.

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Sending you our warmest wishes,


Hi Shana72, I had to have chemo and rads and pushed for the 15 rads and 5 boosters too so as much that could be done was done, I know it’s different circumstances to that you are in but wanted to post because for me I wanted the kitchen sink throwing at it. Have you discussed with your bcn, they might be able to offer some more ways of looking at it and weighing things up before you make your decision. :two_hearts: :two_hearts: :sparkles: :sparkles: Shi xx