I am new to this website. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer almost two months ago (routine mammogram). I had a lumpectomy to remove the tumor (1.4 cm), ER+, no lymph node involvement. Because of these results, my oncologist suggested the Oncotype DX test. My score was 8 so my oncologist was not recommending chemo, which is fine by me. Although it does make me wonder and guess and just hope that the radiation is indeed the only thing that I do need. I don't want to miss any treatment that would benefit me. Although according to my Dr. and from everything I read, the chemo wouldn't be very beneficial to me. Still makes me wonder, but I know I've got to move on. I started taking Tamoxifen a few weeks ago. I haven't really noticed any significant side effects. Maybe some hot flashes - but I can live with that. I start radiation next week, for the next six weeks. I guess my question/concern is what should I expect for side effects from the radiation, and also, any other side effects that I should look out for with the Tamoxifen? I know side effects are different for everyone. Just curious as to what some of your own personal experiences have been with these. I keep hearing that the benefits outweigh the side effects. I have been doing so much reading on breast cancer and it gets pretty scary. I've learned so much these past couple of months - and yet there is still so much more for me to learn. I'm definitely frightened of the "unknown". I know I will always be wondering about "recurrence". That's what haunts me and I'm sure will haunt me forever. I know the next six weeks will be tough - but I will get through it! I will survive!
Peace, and thanks everyone!
Published On: May 15, 2010