Hey !! New here! I’m 34 diagnosed in August of 2023 had a lumpectomy in October all clear margins, progesterone and estrogen positive, stage 1 with a 1mm tumor. I’ve been on tamoxifen since December and after a run around with hoping to have a double mastectomy with reconstructive I’ve opted out. Starting radiation Monday 4/15 for 5 weeks Mon-Friday. I’m very nervous about long term side effects from radiation if anyone has any advice that would be great :heartpulse:

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Hello, I don’t have advice as such, but I had a similar diagnosis and had radiotherapy age 36. I am now 54 and regularly do triathlons, half marathons etc. I work at it, but can honestly say radiotherapy has left no lingering effects. It was a wearsome chore, but so glad I did it. Good luck.


Hi Kaypar23

Thanks for your post. It is understandable to feel nervous about the side effects of radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy is given to destroy any cancer cells that may have been left in the breast and surrounding area after surgery. This can reduce the risk of the cancer returning. Although there are some long term side effects of radiotherapy, the benefits of having treatment do generally outweigh the risks.

Hopefully @edp’s response has helped.

Do also talk to your treatment team about any concerns you have with radiotherapy.

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We are currently running the Younger Women Together support events face to face and online. These events have been created to provide support for younger women (20-45) with primary breast cancer which you may find helpful.

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