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78 yr old Mom dx with DCIS - radiation or not?

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question 78 yr old Mom dx with DCIS - radiation or not?


My Mom who is 78 years young, was dx with "Ductual Carcinoma In Situ".

It was "stage 0" with a good size margin removed along with it.

Her surgeon (also a breast cancer specialist) explained DCIS and schedule a follow up appt with a Radiaologist.

Today, the Radiaologist went over the pros and cons of radiation. She stated that without it, the reoccurence was 30% and with it the reoccurence was 15%.

My Mom is in fairly good health. She has high BP (under control with med) and severe osteoporasis, she is a very petite 5', 90 pounds.

We left the Radiaologist's office with the decision rather to have the radiation or not. It would be 5 days a week for 5 weeks.

I would like to know your suggestions, advice, experiences and opinions. I feel like yes, she should do it, anything to lower her risk! right? But then again, I worry about the risk of radiation since she is 78, very thin and fragile.

Please chime in with your thoughts, I would love to hear from someone who understands what she is going through.

Thank you!!!

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Old 11-11-2010, 04:52 AM   #2
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Re: 78 yr old Mom dx with DCIS - radiation or not?

I'd certainly get a second opinion on this from a medical oncologist or breast surgeon -- not another radiation oncologist. There are a few things you need to know such as the size and nuclear grade of your mom's DCIS. Ask for a copy of the pathology report. Also, Google the USC/Van Nuys Prognostic Index and use that in helping to guide you on a decision about treatment. Good luck.

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