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Apr 7, 2017 05:02PM
Apr 7, 2017 05:05PM
cindyanne, sorry to hear about your experience and the new situation.
In speaking with my radiation team and breast cancer team generally, I have not been given to understand there is material risk from radiation to the lungs or bones. That may be a situational thing for each person based on what area is being treated, what the angles are for the beams, etc.?
My issue, both times, has been on the left side which has raised some issue about avoiding heart damage. The first time they were able to angle the radiation to minimize that risk as much as practicable. The second time, they briefly considered having me do the breath-hold technique to further reduce the risk to any heart concern, but decided it was not necessary after they worked out their final gameplan and modeled how the beams were supposed to go against the area being treated. Once I get through the radiation treatment, plus having had chemo / Herceptin, I imagine I may need follow-up for some time to check for long-term damage. During TCHP, they've had me do echocardiograms every 6-12 weeks; not finding anything interesting to date.
My issues both times have been a little under the skin on my left side some distance above the chest surface ("4 o'clock" for the last one). I may well have gotten different advice and risk information had my issue been closer to the chest wall.
Best wishes in your case
3/14/2008, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+, HER2-
5/14/2008 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left)
7/31/2008 Whole-breast: Breast
10/1/2008 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
11/15/2008 Reconstruction (left)
7/13/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH)
8/24/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
8/25/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
8/25/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
2/6/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left
2/15/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole)