Hi Lizzy4444, I have just seen your post and wondered what you decided to do. Did you have radiotherapy and did it affect the implant? I am in exactly the same position as you. I had a mastectomy/immediate reconstruction, chemo and now herceptin. Although originally I was told I would not have radiotherapy my new oncologist is recommending that I should but doesn't know the implications for the implant. So the decision is mine but I don't feel I have enough information to make that decision. Many thanks
I had 3cm IDC + 1 node, and the oncologist did say he wished he could persuade me to go ahead with the radiotherapy but he accepted that my reasons for not going ahead were valid and didn't push it too hard. I did agree to Zoladex and an aromatase inhibitor he said that would be more effective than Tamoxifen and seemed quite happy.
I am not tn but I've decided not to have rads following wle as I am sure it is the right decision for me.
They keep quoting risk and chance of recurrence odds at me, but I feel that they are very general and not at all accurate for my particular situation, so I am happy with my decision.
I hope you are doing ok Brewster.
When I had a mastectomy with immediate DIP flap reconstruction 6 weeks ago, I was told in early December that this was an option because the tumours were small. I took Letrozole for the 2+ months before the operation .Now suddenly despite a good biopsy report I am being referred to an oncologist for possible radiotherapy. Today I received an appointment at Mount Vernon in 6 days for assessment along with many others because he is has been and is going on leave.
I am on Letrozole to protect the other breast, My reconsructed breast is not completely healed and I have been dressing it myself with Jelonet and Cosmopore.
Has anyone deferred treatment.? Would it make much difference to have radiotherapy in September?