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DX after age 70

Hi, I'm LKO47

I’m newly diagnosed with IDC stage 1a at age 73, now recovering from lumpectomy and will be seeing radiation and medical oncologists soon. I’d like to hear from other older women who have made this journey. Looking for advice on questions to ask in my consult appointments and things to watch out for as I evaluate recommendations. I’m also widowed, living alone, very little in-person support due to COVID, so any help is appreciated!

  • Post #1
  • Fri Feb 5, 2021
Hi, I'm Betti

I was diagnosed at age 62 and am single. I was fortunate my imaging center had a nurse navigator who was young enough to be my daughter. She was with me for my biopsies, appointments with doctors, and was even invited by my surgeon to attend my surgery. She asked my team some questions I had forgotten to ask. With Covid guidelines I don’t know if that would have been possible but I was thankful she was there for me.

  • Post #2
  • Fri Feb 5, 2021

Hi. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 at the age of 72. Had a lumpectomy, having radiation, and doing great. Just don’t take a Covid shot especially the second one while having radiation. I am on my 5th week of it and looking at the end. I have done great and just a little fatigued. May GOD bless each and everyone that is dealing with or facing breast cancer. Please take care and stay safe. If you have any questions just let me know and I will answer the best I can.

  • Post #3
  • Mon Mar 1, 2021
Hi, I'm LKO47

Since I have my 7th radiation treatment today and am about to get my second COVID shot (which my oncologist said was OK), I wanted to provide some results from my web research on this topic. How you feel after the shot may be a separate issue from whether it’s OK medically.

From the Cleveland Clinic:
For patients receiving radiation therapy: For most patients receiving radiation treatment, it’s recommended to proceed with vaccination and radiation treatment need not be interrupted.
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-if-i-have-cancer/ (3/4/21)

From Healio.com:
To aid oncologists and their patients, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and American Society of Radiation Oncology released clinical guidance on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for people with and recovering from cancer.

Recommended COVID-19 vaccination timing based on receipt of anti-cancer therapy

1. Delay 1 to 2 weeks after major surgery
2. Wait until absolute neutrophil count recovery after intensive chemotherapy
3. Wait 3 months following stem cell transplant or chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy
4. Receive vaccine when available for patients receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or radiation

https://www.healio.com/news/hematology-oncology/20210208/oncologists-can-allay-covid19-vaccination-concerns-of-patients-with-cancer-survivors (2/8/21)

  • Post #4
  • Fri Mar 12, 2021
Hi, I'm BEVERLY S L.

Had a double lumpectomy 5 days after turning 72 last August; also diagnosed with IDC stage 1A. Recovery was a breeze. Got a second opinion as to treatment and received 20 radiation treatments, also a breeze, and put on Anastrozole, 1 mg, for 5 years. Very few side effects with it. Doing great. Stay active and positive. Good luck.

  • Post #5
  • Tue Mar 30, 2021

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