radiotherapy to armpit instead of total lymphnode strip

HI,
As I only have a few cancer cells in my sentinel node and the other 5 lymph nodes extracted were clear I am wondering if radioterapy to the armpit is a reasonable alternative to a total lymph node strip.

I am worried about longterm edema to my arm and hand if I have a total strip.

Has anyone out there got experience of this?

edinburghperson

Have you been told that you will need to have total removal of lymph nodes? If they are clear apart from Sentinal one, then that doesn’t always mean total removal. Different surgeons have very different ideas about what is the best way forward. You should certainly ask lots of questions about what your options are.