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I had a lumpectomy for breast cancer and also had chemotherapy as it was grade 3. Now, the doctors want me to have radiations and take tamoxifen, but i'm fed up with the treatment. What should I do?

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Dr. Souzan El-Eid
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Half way

You are half way done, need radiation after lumpectomy for sure.
If cancer was estrogen/ Progesterone receptors (er/pr) positive, you need tamoxifen for added protection to block it from coming back!

In brief: Half way

You are half way done, need radiation after lumpectomy for sure.
If cancer was estrogen/ Progesterone receptors (er/pr) positive, you need tamoxifen for added protection to block it from coming back!
Dr. Souzan El-Eid
Dr. Souzan El-Eid
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Don't stop now!

The purpose of all the treatment is to reduce your risk of recurrence.
You are fortunate to have a chance at cure. If it recurs it is deadly. The hardest part is behind you (chemotherapy) yet the most important treatment , that lowers your risk the most, is what's left. Talk to your doctors and counselors! good luck.

In brief: Don't stop now!

The purpose of all the treatment is to reduce your risk of recurrence.
You are fortunate to have a chance at cure. If it recurs it is deadly. The hardest part is behind you (chemotherapy) yet the most important treatment , that lowers your risk the most, is what's left. Talk to your doctors and counselors! good luck.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Keep it up

You must feel understandably tired and worn out after chemo but, since you had a lumpectomy (and i assume your cancer was er+) it would be unwise not to complete the recommended treatment.
Don't be overwhelmed by this. Take it one day at a time.

In brief: Keep it up

You must feel understandably tired and worn out after chemo but, since you had a lumpectomy (and i assume your cancer was er+) it would be unwise not to complete the recommended treatment.
Don't be overwhelmed by this. Take it one day at a time.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Keep going

Congrats for finishing chemo! please do not stop now.
If you had a lumpectomy, then you need to get radiation to help decrease your chance of the cancer coming back in the lumpectony area. If you skip rad, you recurrence rate is 30%. If you do not want to get the rad, then you should get a mastectomy. The rad is not as bad as chemo and only takes 7-8 weeks. Good luck!

In brief: Keep going

Congrats for finishing chemo! please do not stop now.
If you had a lumpectomy, then you need to get radiation to help decrease your chance of the cancer coming back in the lumpectony area. If you skip rad, you recurrence rate is 30%. If you do not want to get the rad, then you should get a mastectomy. The rad is not as bad as chemo and only takes 7-8 weeks. Good luck!
Dr. Regina Hampton
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