Residual subclavical cancer

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Hey everyone, I'm just looking for a bit of positivity and other people's stories, as you guys are always the best at that. My wife finally completed a year's worth of chemotherapy, and then she underwent surgery. Unfortunately, during the surgery, the surgeon discovered a tumor the size of a thumb in her subclavicular nodes. Now, she's been told she'll need radiotherapy and more chemotherapy. They couldn't remove the new tumor because it's connected to the main blood artery.

What's everyone's experience been with radiotherapy? Will it make a difference? How bad is her situation? Is there still hope? We were absolutely gutted to hear that she still has cancer left after the surgery. It's not a nice feeling. I'm really struggling to get us both into fight mode. Thanks for any responses. I always appreciate them, even if I don't always get back to everyone. I do read them.

  • Hi  

    I had radiotherapy as an adjuvant treatment, after I'd had a lumpectomy and then chemotherapy for TNBC, but not as  treatment to remove a tumour so I don't know if it'll be different. However, I noticed that your post hadn't had any replies yet so responding to you will 'bump' it back to the top of the discussion list again.

    I hope you don't mind me suggesting that you might also want to post this message in the main breast cancer forum, which I can see you've joined, as you'll then reach a larger number of people who may have had radiotherapy for a tumour in the subclavicular nodes.

    While you're waiting for replies, it would be great if you could put something about your wife's diagnosis and treatment to date into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.

    I hope your wife's treatment goes well.

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