Chances are if you are listening to this episode, it’s because you personally have gone through radiation treatment or will be going through treatment soon. I am pleased to be connecting with Dr. Rachel Jimenez on our podcast today. She provides us with a thorough and comprehensive description of radiation therapy. What it is, why it's beneficial, and the long-term risks we should know about in order to manage our health. Stay tuned until the end because we answer your questions of why radiation increases your risk of developing lymphedema if you had your lymph nodes removed. It’s all here for you in the episode, welcome to the conversation.
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE
-People who refuse aspects of therapy including radiation.
-What to expect when going in for radiation-Planning appointment
-What is radiation and why would I need it?
-Radiation and skin care
-Proton Beam Radiation (the science behind protons; a number of clinical trials exploring proton beam radiation in the breast cancer community to minimize cardiac toxicity).
-Risks association with radiation, but we still sign the consent. As a young breast cancer survivor, I ask Dr. Jimenez to explain the 10, 20 and 50 year plan for women who go through treatment.
-Field of cardio oncology partners and have mapped out the ideal
-Herceptin and anthracyclines. After 5 years of survivorship, you should have a cardiac stress test.
-Getting a baseline with an ultrasound of the heart so if there are changes, doctors can track them.
-Our job (in Radiation Oncology) in follow up is to open up and make sure that referrals are made. How is your nutrition? Are you exercising? Did you schedule your next mammogram?
"Your providers are your providers for life". "You are never a bother, it is our job and privilege to take care of you! "
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