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|12/17/2011||hi, i have stage 0 dcis, intermediate grade, tumor size .3mm. i had a lumpectomy on dec 1. my margins are clear 7 mm away from the tumor. My breast surgeon suggests radiation plus tamoxifen or a double masectomy. I refuse to do radiation. i saw the medical oncologist and she feels there is n need for radiation, just to take the tamoxifen for 5 years. what are the chances of recurrence if i just do the tamoxifen? i am 38 years old, please let me know. i have to make the decision soon.|
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|12/17/2011||you have a long life ahead of you. Risk of local recurrence in the breast is 25-30% or higher and it is reduced to 15-25% by taking tamoxifen. you are a candidae for a genetics evaluation and for those who carry a gene then risk is much much higher-- can be 80%. whenever lumpectomy is done it is to be with the agreement from the patient that radiation will follow. So rethink this through. radiation is well tolerated and today with few side effects short and long term.|
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