While lumpectomy plus radiation is an excellent option for many women with breast cancer, it's not the best treatment for everyone.
Lumpectomy plus radiation may NOT be right for you under the following circumstances:
You have already had radiation to the same breast for an earlier breast cancer. Radiation cannot be given twice to the same area.
You have extensive cancer in the breast or have two or more separate areas of cancer in the same breast. If cancer is extensive or in multiple areas, a mastectomy may be required.
You have a small breast and a large tumor and removing the tumor would be extremely disfiguring.
Your surgeon has already made multiple attempts to remove the tumor with lumpectomy, but has not been able to completely remove the cancer and obtain clear margins.
You have a connective tissue disease, such as lupus or vasculitis, which would make you sensitive to the side effects of radiation.
You are pregnant. If you're pregnant, it's not safe to have radiation thera...
Woman in position for radiation treatment, from the front. Middle radiation beam is shown.
A bright yellow indicates breast being treated
B light yellow part of the beam, beam in air, not touching woman
C opening of the linear accelerator
D arm holder supports woman's right arm
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My name is Doug, and this is the story of my wife Keri Haberstroh. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. This is an update on Keri's first radiation treatment, after we learned that her cancer had spread . Subject: One Down Sent: Monday, April 3, 2006 2:08 PM Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd write to let you all know that the first treatment went well this morning. I was in and out in about half an hour. The actual treatment only takes a couple of minutes, but the set up takes a little longer. I don't feel anything and I don't see anything. The machine makes a buzzing sound and that's how I know when they are doing the radiation. They do my right hip first then my left hip. When the machine turns to do my left hip it's kind of cool what I get to look at because they screwed in a part on the machine that looks like a smiley face. So I get to end with a smile looking at me. Then I'm all don...
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