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Radiation vs. no Radiation

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Well, I'm going to have a re-excision to get clear margins...Has anyone had this done and foregone the radiation or had the radiation "seeds" that only takes a week? I am having the surgery on 6/20 and then I need to decide whether to continue with radiation...with DCIS, the stats aren't that different for radiation vs. no radiation. Thanks.

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Joined: Oct 2000

Hi! I had a mastectomy with reconstruction after my lumpectomy because my margins weren't clear.I also had DCIS. I didn't have to have radiation after mastectomy. I am taking Tamoxifen for 5 years. I'm glad I did the mastectomy rather than worry if all the cells were gone. I'd do it the same way if I had to do it again. Good luck. HUGS!! Cathy

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Joined: Oct 2001

Hi, dear, if you get Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book I believe the chances for recurrence without radiation are 25 to 35% WORSE. If you end up with just a lumpectomy, it is very important to continue with the radiation. If you end up with a mastectomy, you don't need the radiation. But I would advise you to buy the book and become informed. Hugs & kisses, your sister, Shirlann

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Joined: Apr 2002

That's a tough call. For me, the radiation wasn't that big of a deal....I had minor irritation, only a couple small blisters, and PMS pain in the breast. The skin is now tougher than the other breast, but still very pliable, and not painful any more unless it's right around my period. If you know the radiation won't affect you too badly, I would continue with it just because for me, it would give me peace of mind that something has been done to pretty much assure no return. The seeds are an interesting concept, and I haven't looked into those at all. Let us know what you decide, and how things are going for you. Hugs, Cyndi

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