Breast Cancer/Radiation

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QUESTION: Thank you again for your response to my 8/1 question.  You told me my breast cancer was Stage 1a and radiation should be enough if I did not test positive for Estrogen, Progesterone and HER2...I was negative for all 3 (rec'd the HER2 later as you implied).  My question now is - I have seen the Radiologist and he says I can do the 4 week higher dosage radiation or 6 week radiation (up to me who knows nothing).  In your professional opinion, which do you think would be better..I am a Type II diabetic and take meds for high blood pressure.

Thank you again.

ANSWER: Well this is more a matter of taste than of science. But let me put it this way. If this was a case where my wife would have this treatment I would probably - unless she was very inconvenienced by the trips back and forth for treatment - recommend her to take the slower longer treatment of  6 weeks. And I would do that in spite of the fact that I myself underwent 6 weeks of external radiation (& 2 sessions of intense internal Bucky radiation) more than 5 years ago for my prostate cancer (no surgery at all only radiation, my own choice - it seems to have worked well). To go back and forth for 6 weeks is not fun but it is a well known path! Good luck!


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I`m a doctor of medicine and a specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have long experience in diagnostics and treatment of breast tumours.

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I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps.You can also reach me on: http://www.lifestylerescue.com/expert/health-fitness-advice/dr-claes-gustaf/128 I have no restrictions on the number of questions there.

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