left breast radiation

atckd1
atckd1 Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
diagnosed with left breast dcis high grade. i did have a lumpectomy but must decide soon if i want to go with radiation. my concern is radiation to my heart and lungs since it is left side. also has anyone gotten broken ribs after radiation

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  • Jadie
    Jadie Member Posts: 723
    Hi, I had rads to left side.
    Hi, I had rads to left side. That was 5 yrs ago and I have not yet had any problems. Actually I have never heard of anyone getting broken ribs from radiation. They will probably do a MUGA test or something similar to that on your heart before starting treatment and maby during treatment.

    Rads are very doable. Just be sure to take care of your skin during treatment. Best of luck to you whatever you decide to do. Keep us posted.

    Jadie
  • RE
    RE Member Posts: 4,591 Member
    Rads
    Eleven years ago I had a total of 16 weeks of rads to the left side in a 16 month time period. It did not effect my heart at all. They did do a Muga (heart scan) before and after. My lung was slightly affectet, however it healed quickly. For me radiation was one more thing I could do to ensure I had done all possible to keep the cancer at bay. It is time consuming and does make you a little tired but it is very doable. I hope this has helped you a bit, let us know how it goes.

    My best to you,

    RE
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    Left breast radiation
    I, too, will have left breast radiation. These days they are very careful with how they plan your treatments so that they are not harming the lungs or the heart. I had a radiation simulation recently where they put me in the exact position I will be during treatments and did a "test run" to see where the radiation will fall. A few weeks later, they called because the medical physicist did not like how much of my heart was exposed to the beams. They said if I could hold my breath during the treatments, this would increase the distance between the chest wall and the heart and thus move the heart out of the way of the rads. I went back in yesterday to repeat the simulation while holding my breath for 20 seconds. It worked. They were very pleased with the results and I will be holding my breath every day for 20 seconds.

    Mimi
  • zahalene
    zahalene Member Posts: 670
    Back in the dark ages...
    they never told me that radiation could affect the heart or lungs. I had left-side radiation in 1989 after a radical mastectomy on that side. About 5 years later I was in a car crash and cracked 2 ribs on that side. A few weeks later I say my onco for a regular follow-up visit and they did a routine chest x-ray. My onco flipped when he saw the cracks, thinking it was mets to the bones! He was soooo relieved when I told him I had been in a wreck.
    Anyway, I suffered no damage to the heart or lungs from the radiation as far as I know. But ALL YOU LADIES and GUYS TOO, be sure if you ever have broken bones after cancer treatment to let your onco know what caused it so he doesn't think it is bone mets.
  • GreeneyedGirl
    GreeneyedGirl Member Posts: 1,077
    zahalene said:

    Back in the dark ages...
    they never told me that radiation could affect the heart or lungs. I had left-side radiation in 1989 after a radical mastectomy on that side. About 5 years later I was in a car crash and cracked 2 ribs on that side. A few weeks later I say my onco for a regular follow-up visit and they did a routine chest x-ray. My onco flipped when he saw the cracks, thinking it was mets to the bones! He was soooo relieved when I told him I had been in a wreck.
    Anyway, I suffered no damage to the heart or lungs from the radiation as far as I know. But ALL YOU LADIES and GUYS TOO, be sure if you ever have broken bones after cancer treatment to let your onco know what caused it so he doesn't think it is bone mets.

    I'm a lefty
    Had radiation to left side only. They are very careful to map out your breast-being very careful to avoid the heart. No issues with any rib pain, breakage or such. No lung issues either, and I have had asthma since I was a child.
  • seof
    seof Member Posts: 819 Member
    Modern technologies and
    Modern technologies and training make it possible to be very specific in the targeting of radiation. They routinely check heart and lungs with CT scan, or something, to be sure everything is OK before and after. I think all you have to worry about is some temporary sunburn-like affects to the skin, and they have many good treatments to help with that too.

    Take care of yourself, seof.
  • Derbygirl
    Derbygirl Member Posts: 198
    I had radiation on the left
    I had radiation on the left side during which time I had soreness in the first rib under that breast. Oncology Radiologist and Oncologist felt it was a rib that had been burned on the inside and it did resolve when treatment ended. No other problems for me except a moderate burn area that was nearly healed one week after treatment ended.
  • mgm42
    mgm42 Member Posts: 491 Member
    Derbygirl said:

    I had radiation on the left
    I had radiation on the left side during which time I had soreness in the first rib under that breast. Oncology Radiologist and Oncologist felt it was a rib that had been burned on the inside and it did resolve when treatment ended. No other problems for me except a moderate burn area that was nearly healed one week after treatment ended.

    Left breast, too
    Me, too, for radiation of the left breast. So far, no problems. However, I thought there was no real choice as to radiation after a lumpectomy. As it was explained to me, if I opted for a lumpectomy, I was strongly urged to follow-up with radiation. If I went with a mastectomy, then radiation may or may not be necessary. Good luck. Marilynn
  • raclea
    raclea Member Posts: 4
    Left breast radiation
    I've just completed my 2nd week of radiation to my left breast after a lumpectomy for Stage 1 cancer (clean lymph nodes) . I had heard stories about damage to the lungs, etc. and expressed my concern to my radiology oncologist, who assured me that with the newest technology, they can exactly pinpoint where and how deep the beams are directed. Each time I go I fit myself into the mold which was previously made (which I assume is standard) so that I'm in the exact position each time. At this point, I'm just starting to see the redness around the area, which I expected, but the fatigue I've heard about hasn't set in yet. Go with the radiation. In my doctor's words, it's your insurance. I'm 72 and aside from this cancer have always been healthy and I intend to live a long time with God's help. I've never heard about broken ribs after radiation. My daughter was diagnosed a couple of years ago with DCIS but opted not to have radiation. She's pre-menopausal and decided that since she was Stage 0, she would "save" the radiation in case she should ever need it in the future. I'm also taking Arimidex which is for post menopausal women with early stage cancer which is hormone receptor positive.
  • Christmas Girl
    Christmas Girl Member Posts: 3,682 Member
    I'm a little late with response...
    Everyone here has already done a magnificent job of explaining current precautionary measures, etc. for radiation treatment. Smart group! I'm responding merely to strongly encourage you to go for it, do not bypass this treatment. Please do EVERYTHING available & recommended to reduce your risk of recurrence.

    Kind regards, Susan
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    I have never heard of broken
    I have never heard of broken ribs from radiation....that really happens? I had it on my left side years ago and no damage that I am aware of and that was a long time ago.