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breast cancer and lupus

melaniesimmons
Posts: 3
Joined: Sep 2001

Hello,

I have been recently diagnosed with grade-3 infiltrating ductile breast cancer. I will be visiting a surgeon for the first time on Wednesday and I have been reading some pamphlets about possible treatments.

I have lupus and the pamphlets have mentioned that people with lupus may not be able to have lumpectomies with radiation treatments since the radiation may cause lupus flares.

I was wondering if anyone on the list is also has lupus and what information you could give me.

I also am diabetic, but I have found less information on the possible impact of that illness on treatments.

Thanks for your help!

Melanie

jeancmici
Posts: 682
Joined: Feb 2001

http://www.moffitt.usf.edu/pubs/ccj/v4n3/article3.htm

Hi Melanie,

I'm a retired librarian and I like to look up information so altho' I do not have lupus or diabetes but finish radiation tom'w (YEA!), I checked in www.google.com for some information.

Above is a good article on radiation in which they say SOMETIMES a person can have radiation even with lupus - it's relative, not a definite 'no' so a radiation oncologist would be the one to ask.

Good luck - seems you already had enough without cancer too! :-(

Keep us informed as to what you find out.

Jean

bdean
Posts: 262
Joined: Feb 2001

Dear Melanie:
I just wanted to say 'God bless you'. May He grant you physical and emotional strength; as well as peace in your heart to overcome. I wish I could give you the advise you seek, but I do not have any infomation concerning your questions. I do hope someone else on this site can help you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Brenda

melaniesimmons
Posts: 3
Joined: Sep 2001

Thank you so much for the information. It was very helpful. I was able to get in to see my rheumatologist today, and he said that I shouldn't worry about the effects of the radiation therapy, if that's what my oncologist prescribes. He said he's had several patients with both rheumatoid arthritis and lupus who have successfully had radiation therapy.

I was very relieved!

I hope your treatment went well. Congratulations on it being the last one!

Melanie

melaniesimmons
Posts: 3
Joined: Sep 2001

Thanks so much Brenda. I really appreciate your kindness.

Melanie

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