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I had invasive cancer in the left breast and precancerous cells in the right (unknown until after mast.) I had a bilater mast. with immediate reconstruction through a tram flap procedure for both breasts. LOVE my tummy tuck.

Two Sentinel nodes were found positive.


After Axillary Dissection, two more nodes (of 9) were found positive.  Both nodes had small amounts of Cancer and all margins were clear.

Here is my question. Where exactly will be the sight for radiation take place?  Under my left arm where the last nodes were removed? Left breast area where all breast tissue was removed and reconstructed from the stomach?  Right breast that was also removed and reconstructed and later found to be pre cancerous?  All of the above?  (Please Lord NO!)

Surely it will take place only under the left arm?

I won't visit a Radiologist until the first or middle of Nov., so I won't have any clear answers from him until then I guess.

What do you all think?

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MaryAnn,  My understanding of radiation is that they do your scar site and node area, if positive ones were detected, as a sort of 'cleanup' of any cells that may have gotten left before from surgery.  I am sure someone will come along with more information, but that was my understanding.  Good luck!  Lee


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Thank you, Lee.
 
I know my plastic surgeon said that my left breast will shrink during radiation. That must be due to radiation of the sentinel site. Hmmm.
 
My chemo doctor is on vacation this week, but I'll see him next Wednesday and see what he says. He is the one who told me I need radiation after chemo. He is a part of the 'Tumor Board."  (They need to come up with a more attractive name...ha ha.   P. S. My chemo dr. is a cancer survivor also..great man.)
 
 

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I didn't have recon but I had a bilat and they found pre-cancerous cells in the "good" side. I only had rads on the scar and under arm of the "bad" side. Lee was right... rads are to clean up any bad cells that may have stuck around.
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Maryann, I had positive nodes.. they radiated my breast area, the collar bone area and under my arm.

The first time I had cancer I had no nodes so they just did the breast.

I am so glad you are healing so well!!
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Maryann I had rads to the breast and above the collar bone. I had 2 positive nodes.
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i had 14/16 positive nodes they radiated 4 different spots  the collarbone, the full breast , the scar, the nodes and also a light area on my back...then they boosted the scar for a week  dont know if this is normal


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Does anyone know how long you stay "tan" on the side that had radiation?
I thought it would fade by now.
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I think it will stay for a while.
My radiation was done 2.5 yrs ago and I still have mine. But it fades a little.


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