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Topic: Toronto ladies: Sunnybrook vs. Princess Margaret for radiation?

Forum: Canadians Affected by Breast Cancer —

Canadian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the north.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2019 08:13PM

Brooklyn1234 wrote:

Hi all,

I'm facing radiation in the new year and am researching my options. Does anyone have opinions/experiences around Sunnybrook or PM? If so, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

Dx 11/1/2009, 1cm, Stage I, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Dx 9/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, ER-, HER2+ Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Oct 20, 2019 10:00PM rozem wrote:

Both world class. I had mine at SB. I would pick whichever is most convenient to get to as you will be going daily for 25-30 rounds

FEC-DH, LUMP, 25 RADS, TAMOX, BMSX with LD flap (worst surgery ever) Dx 8/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 20, 2019 10:20PM - edited Oct 20, 2019 10:21PM by ErenTo

I had mine at Princess Margaret in 2015 and as rozem said, world class. I picked it as it was closer to my house and work and I could go right after work. You'll be going daily for around 6 weeks, so makes sense to pick the more convenient location.

Survived an unexplained sudden cardiac arrest b/w surgery and chemo (while attending a chemo info session at the hospital). Code blue, CPR, induced coma, ICU, ICD. Escaped alive with heart and brain unscathed! Dx 12/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 8/3/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 21, 2019 09:30AM Brooklyn1234 wrote:

Thanks both. PM is definitely much more convenient for me, but I have always thought of SB as being particularly strong in imaging. My tumour is left side and I already have lymphedema, which I expect rads to worsen. I'm very nervous about the radiation because of this. So in the absence of proton radiation in Canada, I would be interested in getting into a program where they use a wide variety of imaging to pinpoint more precisely where the radiation is needed. Both hospitals have limited info on their websites. I guess I'll see if my MO would refer me to someone at each place for a consult.

Dx 11/1/2009, 1cm, Stage I, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Dx 9/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, ER-, HER2+ Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Oct 21, 2019 09:58AM ErenTo wrote:

Mine was left-sided as well and after the first mapping CT they called me back to tell me that it's too close to the heart/lungs and we need to re-do the CT/mapping. I ended up getting IMRT radiation which is very precise and spares surrounding healthy tissues and also did it in breath-hold position which is with a scuba-diving like thingy and you're supposed to hold your breath in 20-second chunks. We did a test run before! They were really on top of things.

Survived an unexplained sudden cardiac arrest b/w surgery and chemo (while attending a chemo info session at the hospital). Code blue, CPR, induced coma, ICU, ICD. Escaped alive with heart and brain unscathed! Dx 12/8/2014, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 1/11/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 3/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 8/3/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 21, 2019 04:47PM Brooklyn1234 wrote:

Thanks for that -- very reassuring!

Dx 11/1/2009, 1cm, Stage I, 0/9 nodes, ER-/PR+, HER2+ Dx 9/2019, IDC, Left, 1cm, ER-, HER2+ Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)

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