Treatment options for ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast and radiation therapy side effects

Maggie Hampshire RN, BSN, OCN
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Question:

Two weeks ago a biopsy found an ductal carcinoma, about one and a half centimeters in my right breast. The biopsy margins were clean. I am deciding between mastectomy and radiation. I am still worried about the long-term effects of radiation. What can you tell me about this. What is the cumulative effect of radiation? If I have radiation now, might it limit my ability to have more in the future at a time when I might not have a choice? One point: I understand for most women the thought of losing a breast is devastating. For me it isn't; that point is really not a factor. I want to make the choice that will give me the best chance of living a long and healthy life, and whether I live it with one breast or two makes absolutely no difference.

Answer:

Maggie Hampshire RN, BSN, OCN, Managing Editor of OncoLink replies:

Thank you for your question. In order to help you understand your disease the following documents will give you a basic overview of treatment options for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast:If you decide to opt for radiation treatments the following documents will give you a wealth of information about side effects of treatment:

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