A 29-year-old member asked:
how soon after a lumpectomy should therapy start?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
34 years experience General Surgery
Within 6-8 weeks: Therapy can start any time one has healed from the surgery & has all the answers to know the next steps. If the next step is chemorx, most trials require starting rx within 6-8 weeks postop. If the next step is radiation rx, the same arbitrary deadline (although brachytherapy, which requires a catheter placement into the lumpectomy cavity, should be done within 3 weeks, before the cavity shrinks).
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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