Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes in Breast Cancer Treatment.
A Duke study in 2004 had indicated that radiation, for women over 70 with early-stage breast cancer, did not improve the mortality rate. They did not live longer.
NPR, in referring back to that study uses the word "chemotherapy." Do they mean also adjuvant therapy like Tamoxifen? Or what we typically call "chemo" now?
Why do I care?
I am in the over-70 age group.
My DCIS was radiated, and I am on adjuvant therapy (Tamoxifen).
No one mentioned "chemo" to me.
I took the Sloan-Kettering (MSK) interactive nomogram:
It only predicted DCIS recurrence, not years of survival.
This has been written and debated on the web lately: Nobody wants to make a mistake by telling someone to wait and see. And probably no one wants to be the one who says forget radiation - just in case.
Why did I get radiation?
My surgeon said after surgery that I didn't have to do anything.
But he recommended I at least meet a certain radiation oncologist.
Said she wouldn't give me radiation unless I needed it.
She overwhelmed me with statistics.
My pathology report made me fear recurrence
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I wish you health.