Mar 24, 2012 - 12:12 pm
This is my first time posting, I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer as a direct result of mantle radiation I had in 1980 at the age of 19 for stage I Hodgkins lymphoma. My breast cancer is stage I no lymph involvment and is very slow growing. I was told it had probably been there 10 years before it was big enough to even be seen on mammography. Most normal treatment in the case of breast cancer in hodgkins patients is bilateral mastectomy but in my case I also have coronary artery disease with 3 stents which also was a direct result of the mantle radiation. I will be on plavix for the rest of my life, I was told mastectomy would be a big surgery for me with the heart issues and that lumpectomy with radiation would be very effective for my early stage breast cancer. I am defineatly not a candidate for whole breast radiation but did qualify for an accelerated 1 week therapy that is very pin pointed and will totally spare my heart and lungs. It is the savi device,
I was told there are two risks ,,,,infection of the device and possible fibrosis of a small part of the breast tissue that will receive additional radiation due to the overlap of the previous mantle field. The doctors are all very optimistic that this will work for me. There are two previous HD patients who had this same type of treatment 8 and 6 yrs ago. They both do have some fibrosis of the skin but nothing that makes them regret their decision, I was wondering if there is anyone else out there that has had radiation over the top of previous radiation for HD and how that went, There aren't many of us as most chose mastectomy for breast cancer.