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I was diagnosed woth stage 2 a breast cnacer i am opting out of a lumpectomy, can I only try radiation and what other types of alternative treatment can I try. i do not want surgery.
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replied October 2nd, 2009
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I recently saw this new procedure on TV that is targeted radiation for breast cancer, called SAVI. I'll send you a link to the story so you can do some research and ask your doctor about it.

May I ask why you don't want surgery? A lumpectomy could greatly increase your chances of survival. I can understand why you wouldn't want a mastectomy, but a lumpectomy may not even be that bad, recovery-wise. If you needed any reconstruction due to the surgery, sometimes they can do it all at once with the plastic surgeon in the same operating room. Just a thought.

Anyway, check your in-box for the link. If you have any trouble linking to the story, write back and let me know. I wish you all the best. Smile
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replied October 12th, 2009
i had breast cancer over 2 yrs ago i had a lumpectomy my breast is still so painfull is this normal
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replied October 12th, 2009
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From what I've read, this is not uncommon, even after 2 years. It usually has to do with damage to a nerve. Have you been back to your doctor to discuss this? Have you been given any medication?

If it is nerve pain (rather than muscle pain), regular pain medications won't work very well. Old-style antidepressants, called tricyclic antidepressants (not the same thing as SSRIs like Prozac or Zoloft) and anti-seizure medications like Neurontin work well at relieving nerve pain. You should see your doctor or a pain management specialist about your pain. Acupuncture has also been shown to help in these types of cases.

The pain may be normal, but that doesn't mean you have to live with it. I hope you find relief soon. Best of luck. Smile
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