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Questions about Radiation Therapy.
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|7/26/2008||I just had a lumpectomy last week to remove a (.4cm) tumor in my left breast. There are several choices regarding radiation therapy. Could you suggest some good questions for me to ask when we meet with our team in about a week. I understand because of its very small size that it is possible that I have more options than conventional six weeks of radiation therapy. Thank you in advance for your help.|
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|7/26/2008||you may be a candidate for partial breast radiation or whole breast radiation. you may be a candidate for accelerated radiation that is completed in a shorter time frame. since this is your left breast you want to know what steps will be taken to protect your heart and lungs. inquire about the experience of the radiation oncologist-- how much breast cancer does he/she treat each year??? is the equipment being used up to date? is a physicist involved in the calibration measurements for you. ask them to describe how they do simulation for you.|
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