Radiotherapy after surgery


I’ve just finished chemo and am due to have surgery. I had a mastectomy at the beginning of my treatment with lymph node clearance, but my surgeon didn’t get clear margins. He would like to do surgery to take more tissue in 7 weeks time, then radiotherapy after. I’m worried this is a long time to wait! Surely radio is more important than more breast surgery? I’m concerned if there is cancer in my collarbone lymph nodes it may spread in this time as it was originally in my level 3 lymph nodes. Please can I find out your opinion on this treatment plan? Thank you

Hello clarebear1985,

Thanks for posting.

Its understandable you are concerned about the wait for further surgery.

We cannot offer an opinion on this treatment plan but do speak to your surgeon about your concerns. It’s likely this approach was agreed by the multi-disciplinary team. The surgeon or breast care nurse can explain why further surgery is the most appropriate way forward in your individual situation.

You may be interested in the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for early and locally advanced breast cancer. Radiotherapy after mastectomy is discussed on page 32.

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