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radiation was posted 09/01/2006 07:40 am by Pat O.
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My husband is almost 29 months (clear margins, positive nodes).

All we were told after surgery was to get to an oncologist asap - so we went to the local cancer center. The onc. never treated a patient with a resected tumor before - so he hit the books, and discussed it with the radiation onc. It was decided the treatment would be 30 days of radiation along with Gemzar once a week. We never questioned this - and at the time wouldn't have known what to ask anyhow! He was tired and miserable (which he blamed on the radiation), but he got through it.

Since then I have read the European study and wondered (for about 5 minutes) if we did the correct thing having radiation. I believe I also asked that question here. A poster here, whose opinion I trust, mentioned he had read that radiation is used to help prevent a reoccurrance in the surgery bed. Charlie's cancer has not returned, and I like to believe the radiation had something to do with that fact. So no radiation regrets here.

I wish you all the best in your decisions.

Pat

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