Worry about recurrence after radiation?

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Question from Diana: I have just completed 33 radiation treatments...I worry about a recurrence. I especially am concerned about a sharp pain in my lower right ovary area. I have also found a brown spot on my left hand about the size of a large nail head. Should I worry about these things or not?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. These specific medical concerns could be readily checked out by your doctor and deserve prompt attention, mainly to reassure you.
David Spiegel I agree with that of course. But you don't have a choice. You are worrying about it, so you might as well act on it. Don't just sit with it.

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