I’m done with my regular chemo, thank God, so it will be radiation therapy as recommended by my Oncologist. Yesterday, went to consult with a radiation oncologist and I’m almost happy about what he said: Usually the patients who undergo radiation have a minimum of 5 cm tumor or with 3 lymph nodes positive for cancer removed. Mine’s 3.7 cm and 1 lymph and 1 Rotter’s nodes. He is not sure that I will benefit from radiation. However, some cancer cells might have attached or spilled into the nerves which the chemo might or might not have zapped. So, I have 1 1/2 weeks to think about it on whether I will go on. I have some risks to consider, too: There is a risk to the heart because I’ve had left breast mastectomy and what I’ve read from the internet – a small chance of developing sarcomas. And of course the inconvenience of commuting daily to have the radiation done for 33 days, the discomfort of lying still , naked or almost naked for the procedure and the cost of the procedure.
Maybe I’ll get a second opinion or maybe I’ll ask my Oncologist about this. It’s a sort of damn if you do and damn if you don’t. Why couldn’t he just tell me outright that I don’t need the radiation anymore?