Can experts throw some light on health hazards of radiation ?
Stage 1 TNBC underwent surgery ,chemo now advised radiation to curb local residual cancer cells .This they say is protocol for ,what is known as BCT .I am speaking of my wife.
However ,tricky part is that neither Oncologist ,nor Oncosurgeon ,nor any nurse told us the hazards associated with radiation .Now Radiation Oncologist explains us that there is definite risk of what is called as coronary events in coming future ,right from 5 yrs after radiation treatment.He also explained that the ways to reduce the risks are there but still there is definite risk in future life that she might get cardiac problems and this is over and above the risks of age related cardiac problems.
I don't understand why it is not explained outright at the time of pre surgical counselling?
Is it standard practice all over world not to explain about radiation hazards at the time of surgery itself ?
BCT is nowadays promoted as main choice to all the women irrespective of age.I came across many patients during tenure of surgical stay and chemo .So i can tell you this with confidence.