I had my first visit with the radiation oncologist yesterday and he’s leaving it up to me to decide if I want to undergo radiation. He said that there’s no data to show that I would receive anything but a slight benefit, and the risks would be small, so it’s a toss-up (but of course he would recommend it because he believes in the technology as a provider of it!). I had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction for invasive ductal carcinoma, Stage 2A, with 1/14 lymph node involvement, but the weird thing is that the one lymph node had no living cancer cells at biopsy and upon dissection—my own immune system killed off all the cancer cells in my node. The radiation oncologist said that this is extremely rare in breast cancer. Since I’m retired, the 5 weeks of daily radiation is no big deal, and it’s my right side that would receive treatment, so there’s no potential impact to my heart. And since there’s no no reconstruction, there’s no worries about impacting that. However, my lung could be affected, and I may have to increase my thyroid medication due to potential impact to my thyroid. He said that micro-cells may remain in the chest area lymph nodes that can only be reached by radiation. I’m surprised that chemo (6 rounds of TC) wouldn’t kill those off. Any thoughts from all my supportive new friends on this site?