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|11/30/2008||Hi: Thank you for this service. I declined axillary surgery after 1 positive sentinel node out of 2 was found at the final pathology report after my lumpectomy/sentinel node biopsy because I did chemo (tc4x)(onco score 20), amd doing radiation and hormone therapy later. I am terrified of lymphedema and quality of life is of utmost importance to me. I am having the axilla radiated and I know there is o a risk of lymphedema. I have 2 questions. Do you think they will want to radiate the supraclavicular nodes? I have lung cancer in my family (my sister died at 39). How much of the lung will be radiated? My tumor was at 12 o'clock on the right breast, 1cm. IDC with clear margins, found on a routine mammogram. MRI,negative for anything else.|
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|11/30/2008||I understand then your decision to not do the additional surgery. ask the radiation oncologist what measures are taken at their facility to protect your lungs and how close will they need to radiate the lung area (it is somewhat dependent on where the tumor was and how close to the chest wall it was located). I would not be worried about the radiation causing lung cancer. i'd be worried about it causing lung damage that can make the lung not work as well for air exchange. this can be an issue for women needing chest wall radiation. ask.|
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