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Dec 2, 2012 06:27 AM Andrea623 wrote:
Hi Kelly, radiation was something I never wanted in the first place. When I was first diagnosed with DCIS, I was given the choice of a mx or a lumpectomy, but due to the size of the area, it was thought the mastectomy would be the better choice, and I wanted to avoid rads. I was told the surgery would take care of the cancer once and for all. Well, guess doctors aren't always right, because my margins weren't clear. There was high grade DCIS in them, and since that was why I had the bmx in the first place, it seemed to me that it wouldn't make any sense to have my breasts cut off, and not get rid of the remaining DCIS. There was also found a couple areas of IDC within the DCIS, so I was glad I chose the mx over lumpectomy. I did not want to take any chances of a recurrance. So, onto radiation I went. I just do not want to hear those awful words, "You have cancer" again! I do recommend discussing your treatments with your RO, and find out the plusses and minusses of having radiation. Like me, I'm sure you feel there's no way you want that stuff hanging around inside your body any more!
My radiated TE seems to be holding up, but it's my skin and the flesh under it that is starting to feel like a bad sunburn. If you have a TE, yes, you will need more surgery to continue your reconstruction. Your PS will have to swap them out for either saline or silicone implants. I was going to have the silicone implants, but after reading about how radiation affects skin, I am going to get a second opinion about flap reconstruction instead.
Hope that helps, and if you have any other questions, please ask!
"Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway." - John Wayne
Dx 8/16/2012, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+Dx 9/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 09/05/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Surgery 09/05/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Radiation Therapy 11/06/2012 External