I AM 53 years old and have DCIS, Grade 3. Had wide excision lumpectomy Aug 21 then another surgery Sept 11 to gain a clean margin.
I have been asked if I want to take part in a study where I would receive external beam radiation twice a day, 6 hours apart for 5 days to only the area where my tumor was. I need help deciding. This is a radomized study where 50% of the women will receive the standard RT (16 treatments over 16 days to the entire breast) and the other 50% will receive the partial treatment.
Has anyone had partial radiation? How long ago? What were and how severe were the side effects? Have you had recurrence? What kind of cancer was the recurrent and was it in the same site or different?
My DCIS is HER2 negative so tomoxifin is not an option. I have a pretty strong family history of breast cancer as well: 2 aunts, one deceased from BC, and a grandma deceased from BC. I am just not sure what to do...PLEASE help with any info that you feel is pertinent.