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 Asked: 1/7/2019 Hi Lillie: Thank you for all of your help.
 Asked: 12/31/2018 Hi, I had surgery for early stage BC (1A) tumor was very small (4mm) and clear lymph nodes.
 Asked: 12/31/2018 I am 76 yrs.old and had lumpectomy for recurrence breast cancer.
 Asked: 12/31/2018 Is there any way to heal from radiation fibrosis? I am doing PT, all my stretches, massagers, etc but I still have pain in my shoulder.
 Asked: 12/19/2018 I am an 85 year old woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
 Asked: 12/11/2018 My margins are 2mm every where except for one side which is less than 1mm.
 Asked: 12/10/2018 Are there any statistics for 10+ years after radiation causing problems with heart and lungs/ possible secondary cancers? I only see 5 year studies which...
 Asked: 12/6/2018 would waiting 5 weeks after lumpectomy for grade II invasive ductual tumor before receiving radiation make a difference.
 Asked: 12/3/2018 What is the percentage of developing a second cancer because of receiving radiation therapy? .
 Asked: 11/29/2018 I am diagnosed with invasive ductal carsinoma on the left side.
 Asked: 11/27/2018 Thank you so much for your reply to my question of Nov.
 Asked: 11/26/2018 Is it safe to begin radiation therapy for breast concurrent with the start of tamoxifen?
 Asked: 11/26/2018 I am 71, healthy otherwise, with an 8mm invasive ductal tumor in left breast.
 Asked: 11/26/2018 In nipple sparing mastectomy with focal involvement of the nipple site by DCIs and very close margins what is preferred a reexcision radiation or both...
 Asked: 11/12/2018 I am 54 years old. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer invasive ductal carncinoma, stage 3A.
 Asked: 11/9/2018 I had 1.4 cm grade 1 IDC .ER positive, prog and herc negative.
 Asked: 11/1/2018 Would a radiation oncologist consider it normal to have skin burns on my back after 5 weeks of whole breast radiation treatment? Would this...
 Asked: 10/31/2018 Would a radiologist managing breast cancer treatment consider it normal to have skin on the patientís back burn during 5 weeks of treatment?
 Asked: 10/30/2018 Is removal and biopsy of the sentinel lymph node standard of care with IDC Stage 1 lumpectomy? Also does hormone therapy follow lumpectomy if...
 Asked: 10/29/2018 When a woman has a lumpectomy for IDC Stage 1 what are the percentage chances of occurrence with and without radiation therapy? I know...
 Asked: 10/29/2018 Should whole breast radiation burn skin on the back?
 Asked: 10/26/2018 How long after a lumpectomy can you wait before starting radiation treatment?
 Asked: 10/24/2018 thank you so much for answering my question earlier , the location of the tumor near the nipple does it mean irradiation to internal mammary...
 Asked: 10/11/2018 I am interested in Partial External beam / Brachytherapy (inserting radioactive sources into the breast) Just had a partial mastectomy - waiting for results?..
 Asked: 9/25/2018 I was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago and received 5 weeks radiation.
 Asked: 9/25/2018 I had DCIS and lumpectomy, one margin was not clear, so I had re excision surgery 3 weeks after initial surgery.
 Asked: 9/24/2018 I will be having a head CT with contrast for headaches.
 Asked: 9/24/2018 I had 2 lumpectomies for high grade DCIS (comedeo cribriform).
 Asked: 9/19/2018 I''m 4 treatments in to a 16 treatment plus 4 boosts and am surprised at how I''m feeling.
 Asked: 9/17/2018 Hi. My mother was diagnosed with stage 1 triple negative breast cancer (left breast) about three weeks ago.
 Asked: 9/17/2018 Should standard X-rays be avoided during radiation therapy? Do they interfere or throw off calculations?
 Asked: 9/12/2018 What determines whether the whole breast is radiated or just the tumor area following a lumpectomy? My radiology oncologist said they only ever radiate the...
 Asked: 9/6/2018 Still very fatigued 2 years post radiation to right breast, axilla and supraclavicular with 50 grey over 5 weeks, no boost.
 Asked: 9/4/2018 Concerned about possibility of thyroid taking a hit during SCV radiation (already have a bunch of nodules.) Can they shield the thyroid? And what is...
 Asked: 9/4/2018 My radiation plan doesn''t list LAD dose, although it does have whole heart, lung, etc.
 Asked: 8/29/2018 How long after radiation therapy can you get a flu shot?
 Asked: 8/29/2018 I recently had a locoregional reoccurance to at least one lymph node after being node negative last year with a very low oncotype.
 Asked: 8/27/2018 Whatís the rationale of 5 weeks radiation treatment? Iím 50 yrs old.
 Asked: 8/24/2018 I have recently gone through a lumpectomy and removal of a sentinel node on my left breast.
 Asked: 8/24/2018 Can iron pills and Omega fish oil be taken during radiation? .
 Asked: 8/20/2018 Had a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy all clear.
 Asked: 8/16/2018 Is there any research on rate of reoccurrence for women who opt out of radiation after 3-4 weeks? Obviously, there''s all different kinds but early...
 Asked: 8/16/2018 Iíve been reading side effects of radiation on the heart, which thereís breathing that can push the heart away if radiation is on the left breast.
 Asked: 8/14/2018 After my lumpectomy, I had 20 sessions of radiation (16 full breast and 4 boosts) and finished 4 months ago.
 Asked: 8/8/2018 My mom is 3 weeks into radiation therapy, with about 10 treatments left.
 Asked: 8/8/2018 What is the length of radiation treatments for grade 1, 7mm, no node, clear margins? Decided against chemo and going to take Tamoxifen.
 Asked: 8/7/2018 How long after surgery can radiation be started? I had surgery about 7 weeks ago.
 Asked: 8/6/2018 I had a lumpectomy ER/PR+, HER2- stage I, grade 2clear margins.
 Asked: 8/6/2018 I am 58 & had a lumpectomy after my biopsy revealed 1mm of invasive breast cancer.
 Asked: 8/6/2018 I had ILC in left breast , 28 years if age, ER+ & PR+ & her2 -ve and tumor sizes 2 cm & 0.6 cm...
 Asked: 8/2/2018 Hi, I have not been here in a while although you were an absolute life savior last year.
 Asked: 7/24/2018 My wife has stage zero DCiS high grade breast cancer.
 Asked: 7/20/2018 Had recent left breast lumpectomy 1.1 cm in size, clear margins and no evidence of spread in left sentinal node. Is radiation necessary? Is chemo...
 Asked: 7/16/2018 I had breast cancer under my left armpit after 3 surgeries all cancer has been diagnosed gone from pathologist reports.
 Asked: 7/13/2018 I am 49 years old. No history of breast cancer.
 Asked: 7/11/2018 Any studied difference between beginning aromatose inhibitors concurrent with radiation as opposed to afterwards?
 Asked: 7/11/2018 I was diagnosed with stage 2a TNBC in March.
 Asked: 7/10/2018 My mom who is 89 years old with invasive ductal cancer proliferation rate low growth just found lump 4 weeks ago will have lumpectomy would...
 Asked: 7/5/2018 Stage 1 cancer ILC right breast, lumpsectomy, lymph nodes negative, 8 centimeters, her2 positive, proliferation rate 1%, do I need radiation and hormone therapy
 Asked: 6/26/2018 Hi. DCIS.
 Asked: 6/19/2018 Based on ASTRO current guidelines, is APBI appropriate if lumpectomy pathology shows both IDC (1.8cm, Stage 1, Grade 2, node negative, ER/PR+, Her2-) and DCIS...
 Asked: 6/15/2018 Hello I Have Estrogen +, Progesterone+, Her-, Oncotype score of 10,IDC stage 2 in left breast.
 Asked: 6/11/2018 Hello, My mom had to canceled her radiation therapy treatment for one day because she had to have a regular schedule colonoscopy done.
 Asked: 6/4/2018 Hello, My mother already had a CT scan to get prepared for radiation but her radiation oncologist said she needs an x- ray done on June...
 Asked: 5/22/2018 I just found out I have an oncotype score of 4.
 Asked: 5/15/2018 Is it advisable to have radiation therapy after a mastectomy with close but clear (.8mm) posterior margins? ILC 4.5 cm tumor.
 Asked: 5/7/2018 Can radiation treatments for breast cancer cause potential scatter resulting in thyroid enlargement and increase risk for cataracts? If so, wouldnít it be the responsibility of...
 Asked: 4/30/2018 Lumpectomy 3/15/18 l/breast with 2 lymph nodes removed.
 Asked: 4/30/2018 Can I wait three months to have radiation for DCIS?
 Asked: 4/30/2018 During radiation treatment ( 5 weeks) is it appropriate to use an eye and/or throat shield for whole breast, axillary and supraclavicular treatment? I had significant...
 Asked: 4/27/2018 Hi, I''m very puzzled about your response of "NO" to the question "Do antioxidants work against the effectiveness of radiation treatments?" I was given very...
 Asked: 4/23/2018 Under what conditions might a patient be prescribed the prone radiation vs deep breath inspiration radiation? .
 Asked: 4/19/2018 I am concerned about heart and lungs during radiation therapy.
 Asked: 4/16/2018 I scored a 20 on the Oncotype test for my lumpectomy.
 Asked: 4/16/2018 I know there is some current debate on whether axillary radiation treatment can substitute for axillary lymph node dissection (and thereby reduce the chances for...
 Asked: 4/16/2018 IDC Stage 1 Grade 2 T!a ER+ 4mm tumor in breast Oncotype DX score <10.
 Asked: 4/9/2018 With Stage 1, grade1, ER/PR positive, HER-2 negative Infiltrating ductal carcinoma and lumpectomy with lymph nodes clean, and the mass <2cm, how is the percent...
 Asked: 4/5/2018 Treated for IDC with Lumpectomy, radiation and hormone therapy 14 years ago in rt breast.
 Asked: 4/3/2018 I am supposed to get radiation on my liver.
 Asked: 3/27/2018 In 2007 I had 0.2 x 0.1 CM well-differentiated infiltrating duct carcinoma/tubular carcinoma in right breast.
 Asked: 3/23/2018 My sister (48 years)had a breast cancer tumor of ( 2.85 cm, grade 2, Er/PR+) with T2NOM0 status with node negative, underwent mastectomy.
 Asked: 3/22/2018 Question regarding fat necrosis. Is it possible to have fat necrosis in the non-radiated breast? My sister (age 45) completed her rads following mastectomy of the right breast about 6 weeks ago.
 Asked: 3/20/2018 Iím very worried about my heart and lungs with radiation.
 Asked: 3/19/2018 I have liver mets and all of the lesions except one are stable on Ibrance and faslodex.
 Asked: 3/11/2018 I have had two occurrences of DCIS.
 Asked: 3/9/2018 I had 9 mm, Stage 1, Grade 1 lumpectomy with wide clear margins removed Jan 29.
 Asked: 3/9/2018 scheduled for third breast re-excision, (in 6 weeks time) stage 0 , no clear margins.
 Asked: 3/8/2018 I''m confused by radiation reports post-treatment. Written notes say no IMN coverage, but actual dose plan and histogram show IMN minimum dose of 22Gy, max of 53Gy, and mean of 48Gy.
 Asked: 3/8/2018 Had lumpectomy for grade 1 IDC w/tubular features, no chemo but whole breast and nodal irradiation.
 Asked: 3/2/2018 Hi, I was diagnosed with IDC in Osctober, 2017.
 Asked: 2/26/2018 I am having APBI via the SAVI device, beginning on February 28, 2018, 5 weeks after lumpectomy (clear margins) and sentinel node biopsies (all 4...
 Asked: 2/26/2018 73 years old with left breast tumor,.9cm ER+ Her2-,clean margin, no spread to lymph node, lumpectomy was done to remove tumor.
 Asked: 2/26/2018 I''m a 39 YO diagnosed with IDC with extensive DCIS.
 Asked: 2/22/2018 Having chest wall and nodal radiation following complete mastectomy.
 Asked: 2/22/2018 Is prone radiation only for large breast? Tumor NOT close to wall, but have small breast.
 Asked: 2/22/2018 Hi I had mastectomy for 3.5 cm invasive lobular stage IIB , one macrometastic sentinel node out of two and onco score of 13.
 Asked: 2/20/2018 Left breast diagnosed Stage 0 DCIS Intermediate grade, ER/PR+, 1.8cm.
 Asked: 2/19/2018 I have grade 1A, E+, P+, H-, Oncotype DX 5 invasive carcinoma in the left breast.

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