You sound a bit like me, i tried not to look at long term problems, as i didnt have to have chemo i fetl i did need rads, I practiced the breathing out then holding breath when actually having rads, Im a pretty healthy person apart from the cancer id say for a 60 plus woman quite fit, so hope that will stand me in good stead, My rads were ok,never even felt tired, just redness and soreness but not that bad, Also did at first have quire bad night sweats with tamoxifen but that could be cause i was off HRT as ive been taking evening primrose as a menopausal friend reccommended and they seem to help, I donr want it b ack, my margains were clear and other nodes to and they have gone anyway, I hope to live a few more years yet, my family are all long .iving so felt need to do something to keep it at bay.june
Had a lumpectompy last Friday, 22, and am awaiting results of 3 sentinel lymph nodes on 8 June.
Now, I have never heard about any long term after effects of radiotherapy and now I am really worried.
I was told that I can't take any tablets so I have to have chemo, if there is any sign of cancer in my lymph nodes, but definitely need 3 weeks of radiotherapy about 8 weeks later, so that will be July.
Where else can I, or we, receive more information on this?
Hello Kate...just joined the group and i feel much like you and am wondering whether to have the radiotherapy after reading about the potential damage to my heart and lungs........I have had a lumpectomy and will be strting tamoxifin which im told is also depressing.....what did yu decide seond time round then?
I read your email from last year. Please can I ask how did you get on with the lung problem since then? I was recomended for radiotherapy following chemo and a mastectomy to the right side. I strongly feel that I do not need radiotherapy. Partly due to the fact that the results from the surgery showed that the cancer was cleared both in the breast tissue and the lympnodes. The RAD oncologist suggested I should do the rads to the chest wall around the brest area, to reduce the chance of a recurrence.
I decided to go with my gut feeling and opt out of RADs. This was in July 2014. However when I met the chemo Onc this week, she expressed concern about my decision. I got a bit worried and agreed to be referred again for RADs. I still feel quiet strongly against RADs. The benefits are not entirely clear. Also people are unlikely to report long term side effects.
The chemo Oncs argument is that I should do RADs to improve my life expectancy and i wont have myself to blame incase of a recurrence. However, if there is as much a chance of effecting the quality of life, then I would rather opt for quality than quantity. I am in my early 40's.
I would appreciate your comments.
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