Dec 24, 2009 - 2:38 pm
Hi. I am 27 years old with a beautiful 9 month old son...I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins in August. I am a stage 2 but b/c of the same of the size of the mass in my chest (wrapped around my heart and goes up into my collarbone) my doc is treating me like a stage 4. I have been going through ABVD since Sept. I am getting 6 cycles over 12 treatments total...and just finished #9 yesterday. Now the question about radiation has been brought up.
My doc admits to being biased against radiation...he said he was trained by a lot of anti-radiation doctors and feels that the long term affects of it might not be benefical. He is sending me to radiation docs (who of course are going to be pro-radiation). So now I come on here to read about a lot of peoples radiation effects 40 years later. I know it would increase my chance of breast cancer (which my mother is a 5 year survivor from)...but I don't know about all the other effects. I don't want to have to deal w/ chemo and all that again...ever. Not in a year from hodgkins reoccuring or in 40 years when I get breast cancer.
So I'd like to hear about you all have to say about it...I don't know what to do!