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|7/6/2011||I had a lumpectomy of a Stage IA .7 mm invasive ductal carcinoma with clear margins and the sentinel node is negative. My radiation oncologist is recommending a full 5 weeks of radation with boost in the 5th week. It sounds long and typical. I'm wondering if there are shorter durations for my level of cancer. Thanks! I will go on Tamoxifin(sp?) after radiation.|
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|7/7/2011||Thanks for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Congratulations on clear margins and negative nodes. You raise a good question. However, lumpectomy and radiation make a beautiful couple! So even with a stage 1 breast cancer, per NCCN guidelines, radiation is indicated. That being said, you could seek a second opinion at a Comprehensive Breast Center, where a breast radiation oncologist can offer recommendations for radiation that may not be so 'long and typical'. Radiation therapy usually starts 4 to 6 weeks after lumpectomy, so your breast may heal. Women generally have outpatient radiation treatments 5 days a week for about 6 weeks. However, some researchers are testing different approaches to radiation for certain women with smaller tumors who have a lumpectomy. These newer approaches are called partial breast irradiation. Partial breast irradiation uses balloons, catheters, implanted seeds, or external beam radiation to treat just the area around the tumor, rather than the entire breast. The benefit of seeking treatment at a Comprehensive Breast Center is that these types of radiation would be available. There are some instances when radiation may not be indicated, such as a breast previously radiated, and woman > 70+ years of age. Best wishes!|
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