Jul 11, 2001 - 1:19 pm
For example, the radiation oncologist has basically told us that the treatment will not result in any long term effects on her breast tissue - initial redness and skin thickening that will disappear over time. But then we find some literature that talks about long term effects like skin shrinkage and hardening of the breast tissue.
So, I thought that I would look for some real live people to give us some perspectives from the real live world on the impacts of radiation.
And another issue we are grappling with is whether or not the recommended 33 treatment radiation regimen is warranted in her case since the tumor was so small and there was no lymph node involvement. We have seen reference to a study that seemed to show that a 3 week radiation treatment was as effective as a 6.5 week treatment for someone in her situation. We haven't looked at the report yet (Whelen, T.J., MacKenzie, R.G, et.al. Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2000:19) but would welcome and comments from people who have seen it or related research.
Thanks for the help.