Radiation after lumpectomy

sandramjsandramj Worongary, Gold Coast, QldMember Posts: 119
wondering what's the normal time after lumpectomy does radiation start?  I had the small cancer and one node with cancer removed on 1st April. ( one node had changing cells - pre cancer).  Oncologist radiologist has set start date at 26 May, but I've been reading they usually start radiation 3-4 weeks after surgery.  I should have asked WHY 8 weeks as my scar is great but wondered what other BC people THINK. 


  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 3,183
    Oooh...I'd be phoning up and asking asap ...did he think your surgery was 1st May? 
  • adeanadean Member Posts: 946
    My radiation was 4 months after l was told the scar must heal as otherise you will end up with complications in that area especialy when you get a boost in that area where the scar is in the last 5 sessions
  • sandramjsandramj Worongary, Gold Coast, QldMember Posts: 119
    Thanks Adean. I think the scar is healing well but given it will be zapped 30 times in 6 weeks presume it has to be WELL healed to take the radiation. The radiotherapy oncologist checked out the scar and area so again presume she knows what she's specialising in her profession for over 10 years.  Trust the process. That's a hard one to follow after trusting my body would tell me if it was being invaded by cancer.
  • Belinda16Belinda16 Member Posts: 6
    Hi. I had a lumpectomy and 3 lymph nodes removed. I had radiation around 4-5 weeks post surgery.I had my radiation at a public hospital ( large tertiary hospital) so you have to go on a waiting list and I was told about 2 months but fortunately I managed to start earlier than anticipated. Hope that helps.
  • SnowieSnowie Member Posts: 5
    Hi,  l had my lumpectomy last September and had to wait 7 weeks before radiotherapy began and that was in the private system.  It probably depends on the number of patients at the time?  I really don't know.  
  • HulosHulos Member Posts: 94
    Hi, i saw my radiation oncologist  today,  had my mastectomy on 14/6, she said the mapping would be done 4 weeks from today,  followed  by radiation a week later.
    Thats approx 7 weeks..
  • adeanadean Member Posts: 946
    Take care as the last few tend to deplete your energy
  • RomlaRomla AdelaideMember Posts: 354
    Glad to hear you are feeling ok - finished my radiotherapy 28/5 was bit tired week after and lucky minimal skin issues . I too am due for hormone therapy as am er+ but had to get teeth fixed first as extractions/ implants risk onj on treatment so due start August - think will be AI and need bone builders as have osteoporosis and AI cause fractures. Agree about need to let go and trust medical team but understand is hard. PS did not have scans after except bone density
  • viking1viking1 Perth, Western Australia, NORMember Posts: 190
    I was told that I get a 4 week break after chemo round 6 and then radiation for 3-6 weeks every day except sat and sunday.
  • viking1viking1 Perth, Western Australia, NORMember Posts: 190
    I wrote a post about this but can't find it. I am scared of getting neutropenia again with rad. Has anyone had this? I read online it is possible but that might be incorrect info. The cancer was in my breast, not bone related.
  • LMK74LMK74 BrisbaneMember Posts: 505
    Hi @viking1, I have never heard of neutropenia with rads. It wasn't listed as a side  effect from the info sheet I got. I just finished 6 weeks of rads last week, fatigue is kicking in big time. When do you start.
  • sandramjsandramj Worongary, Gold Coast, QldMember Posts: 119
    Yes radiation is five days a week (except public holidays maybe) and it was 3 months after surgery - I wondered why initially but when I saw the end result of the radiation type of burn i understood why they don’t radiate wounds. Good luck, look after yourself.  Whatever it takes.  I was fine during radiation but got tired weeks later. Maybe a reaction to the hormone therapy. Or maybe just the letting go of stress and wound up emotions from diagnosis!  
  • JJ70JJ70 Member Posts: 3
    Radiation ahead for me, after surgery. Any recommendations for creams? A friend has recommended David Deans Radiation Cream, but it is out of stock everywhere on-line. Any others?
  • sandramjsandramj Worongary, Gold Coast, QldMember Posts: 119
    edited November 11
    @JJ70  The radiation people and breast care nurses suggested good old Fauldings Essentials Vitamin E Cream -tube in the bag to put in after radiation each day and a jar to put on after shower and at night. Bra at Target was great post surgery and soft for radiation and breast care oeiplecsn get you one made by Berlwigh if u ask. The radiation doesn’t seem to warrant the cream initially but use it as it will be beneficial in the long run. AND make sure you do the exercises after surgery EVERY DAY ato prevent adhesions and/or the build up of scar tissue from surgery and/or radiation. I Stopped the exercises during radiation because it wasn’t suggested to continue beyond post x weeks after surgery BUT it needs to be continued for as long as it takes to completely heal from the assault on your breast. Msg me if u need the sheet of exercises I was given.  Look after yourself. You may feel well but still take it easy on yourself. Give your body the best chance to deal and heal. Xx 
    Along with the cream take a pack of wipes if you want to remove the marks from daily radiation. For me I felt like an animal with the new markings each day &wondered why the staff didn’t do that. Maybe some people don’t mind them but I felt like I came out a piece of meat or un-human but removing those new target marks felt it allowed me to walk out being me, the person, the wife, mother, grandmother but not the cancer treatment ‘patient’.  
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