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|3/16/2008||I have stage 1 breast cancer. Originally, the plan was for a lumpectomy and then radiation. 15 years ago, I was treated with radiation for a non-hodgkins lymphoma growth in the armpit area of the same side as the breast that now has the cancer. The doctor says I can't have radiation now but should have the breast removed. I am 78 years old. Why can't the radiation be done again? It was only done in the armpit area never to the breast.|
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|3/16/2008||the body has a limit on the amount of radiation it can have to any specific area. you have had your quota for your chest area. so the standard of care is usually to do mastectomy. however you are 78. there are some studies that show that radiation may not be needed for women over 70 with very small breast cancers and wide margins. inquire about this.|
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