sorry to hear your news not quite as expected Francine, but it is good the lymph nodes clear, that was my greatest fear,and was so relieved when all well.,. My surgeon took area around lump and mine came out clear hopefully yours will do that too,. I know ;like me chemo is a big dread to you, lets hope all ok. Enjoy your London trip,.and shop till you drop.
I just felt so relieved i havent got to put myself through chemo, and the side effects and yes i know it sounds vain , losimg my hair, cause for a 60 plus woman ive got quite good hair and the idea of it coming back grey and wiry filled me with despair,lol, but seriously it was side effects worrying about more, and as onocologist said due to fact im so petite and slim, he felt they would have been severe, rads didnt faze me. bit more worried about drugs but no chemo is best option so will deal with other, its only 4 or 5 weeks every day, said could choose times within reason I suppose easier for me as live in a city and bus goes direct from near me straight to hospital and some days one of my friends have said will take me too. Ive always hated taking drugs, although took HRT for too long, which probably caused the cancer, so thats sounds a bit stupid, but i never had side effects from that, took steriods when had my hysterectomy and didnt from them so i am just thinking if you have to have cancer, and none of us want it, my deal isnt so bad, and ive still got my boobs looking pretty normal too,. But understand Fluffs how you feel, guess up to a point we all do,June
I had the same op as you, with same results and have my radiotherapy planning session on Friday so should start a week or two after that. I had exactly the same thoughts as you, although I have to admit that when I analysed it, the fear was because my surgery has left a sort of tram line in my enormous boob and I'm vain enough to be worried about radiotherapy making it even worse (I'm told it has more of an effect on bigger boobs). But, like Kitt, I've decided that I'd always be fretting about recurrence happening BECAUSE I turned down the radiotherapy treatment that's been offered and that would be devastating if I am unlucky enough to get a recurrence. I did some research and radiotherapy really does seem to result in a lower level of recurrence so I'm just going to get on with it.
Hope you make whatever decision is right for you but on this one, I do think having the treatment is best (still dithering about the hormone treatment that is due to come afterwards though!)