Hi Chezz 666,
Yes it is annoying i feel quite glad im on Tamoxifen too already., I healed up perfectly well, and have no other health problems at all so no excuse for them n ot doing mine earlier. Breast cancer care adviswd me to contact hospital as say it really should start soon. I was wondering, as im im quite age aware, and know they expect all us over 60s to be old dears who can be put on back burner, something i definitely am not. if that was reason But a friend of a friend who is 37 has had same situation so it isnt that,
I know im lucky compared with many, but i just want to get it over with and enjoy the summer, and celebrate my birthday in June, as back in jan when diagnosed i wasnt sure if would be in a fit state to do so, june
I am having rads shortly, hadno chemo, but what puzzles me is the time factor, My op was 29th jan, it was small lump easily removed, margins clear and lymph nodes removed clear, Its now April and i still havent started it,Im on tamaxifen, no problems. Ive got to have 20 sessions, my visit last week was a total waste of time a chat, and i signed a form, i was a bit annoyed, my friend who is self employed took a day off work to come with me. Why the hell couldnt they do the measuring etc,.then, Its so long after operation surely if any cells were lurking they would have done any damage, to me it seems far too long after operation. I feel fine and ive no other health problems. Is it worth having rads after all this time, it seems pointless, Have others waited this long.?june
I don't think there is a single source of data you could hold up as 'the evidence' as there are lots of studies by the different hospitals, universities etc over a long period and some meta-analysis of ranges of studies so I did it by an internet search. I think I read 30 or so different research papers/results of trials and every single one of them showed a reduction in recurrence rates (but not always improved survival rates). The rate of improvement varied by study but I guess that would be normal depending on the type/stage of the cancer being treated. The only area where there still seems to be some question marks over the usefulness of radiotherapy seems to be with low grade DCIS but I understand that it more to do with a lack of research in this area rather than a finding that it does not help.
Not helpful I know, but I think the only way you'll get the information is to do an internet search for yourself, perhaps searching for meta-analysis of impact of adjuvant radiotherapy on breast cancer. Not sure if I'm allowed to add a link here but I'll try. The one I found most helpful was the NICE document (NICE are the standard setters for UK treatments and the document is long at 113 pages but explains what they recommend and the evidence they used to make that recommendation)
Hope that helps 🙂