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Actually, two questions.
 1) I have a friend who had genital cancer.  She had radiation for it after her surgery.  Now she has DCIS and her doctor has said he wants her to have rads for it.  Can she do that or is a lifetime limit of rads in one area of the body the lifetime limit everywhere?

2) She has one .007 DCIS lesion.  Her last one was .004, for which she had a lumpectomy and 5 years of tamoxifen..  Guy wants to do EITHER a lumpectomy and rads OR a mastectomy.  The woman is 82, and she's just been through surgery AGAIN for her genital cancer.  I told her to a) get a second opinion at the Komen Center her in Detroit (this doctor is just a GP) and b) downplay the DCIS.  Based on her age and previous record, what's going on in her breast is the LEAST of her worries.

I'm thinking that this guy doesn't know that DCIS is NOT cancer.

Anybody?


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Hi Fancy,

I believe that DCIS is cancer, just hasn't infiltrated and may not.  Normally for patients of this age, the least invasive treatment is best.  Bless her heart, your friend has been through so much.  Most women over the age of 70 aren't even offered radiation.

Let us know how she's doing.

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I also am a believer that DCIS is cancer.  Why name it Ductal Carcinoma Insitu?   I know, its just my opinion.  JMHO! 
 
89 years old.  God  bless her.  Sometimes healthcare gets too aggressive and tends to look at quality of life. 
 
Fancy: Hoping your friend gets the right answers. 

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Dear Fancy,
 
It's so nice to read your posts, and I find your comments and responses to so many subjects to be extremely interesting and well researched.  Welcome, and I hope to read more!
 
My MIL was 89 yrs. old when she had a mastectomy last year for an odd cancer which rarely occurs in the breast; only  1 - 3% cases of this type occur according to statistics at this time.  It is not considered to be an actual breast cancer, but a sarcoma called soft tissue fibrous sarcoma.  It grows slowly, and she had radiation treatments, no chemo after surgery.  She is also diabetic, and runs circles around me.  I am amazed at her will to live, enjoy life, lives in her own home, has an amazing group of friends, and just turned 90 yrs. old this Autumn.  She put up a Christmas Tree, had a party, had the family come to stay for a week, and drives, shops, cleans, washes dishes, cares for her cat, and calls both of her sons daily, or visa versa.
 
Terrible to say, but I love her more than my DH...she is a beautiful woman, inside and out...her mastectomy, she says, causes no pain or extreme discomfort.  The rads did what rads do, but she recovered and feels amazingly well. 

I don't think age should be considered regarding treatment of breast cancers.  Chemotherapy...I don't know.  It depends on the treatment, dosage and quality of life.
 
My MIL regrets nothing and loves life.  She was of the opinion that the breasts were useless anyway.  She did not have implants, and looks great.  It saved her life.
 
With DCIS, it's often similar approach.  Mastectomy, Radiation and No Chemotherapy.  Sometime Tamoxifen, or hormonal treatment after-wards.  I don't know a lot about it, but Nurse Chemosabi Nicki  is right about the fact that DCIS is cancer; it's not escaped the ducts or lobular area, so hopefully there is no invasion to the lymph nodes or vascular system.
 
Good luck, and how wonderful of you to care for your loved one.   It's so wonderful to read about kind and caring people such as yourself, gives me "happy tears"! 
 
You brought sunshine to a rainy day.
 
Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend!
 
Love and (((((hugs))))))
 
Indi

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Hi Indi!!

I agree with you 100%!  The "standard of care" in the past for treating women over the age of 70 sucks.  Women are speaking out loudly about this now, and thank god for that.  10 years ago my friend's mother had breast cancer at age 70 and all the was offered to her was a lumpectomy.  Apparently, she didn't question this.  She just celebrated her 80th b-day and is in great shape, so thankfully that worked for her. 

Women everywhere are waking up to the fact that "the standard of care" isn't a one size fits all!!

Hope you're feeling aokay today!

love,
Bren
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