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What happens during radiation for breast cancer?

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Radiation uses high-energy waves to kill cancer cells. That helps destroy any cancer cells that the surgeon couldn’t remove. Radiation can come from a machine outside your body, or you can get tiny seeds that give off radiation placed inside your breast where the tumor was. In the past, people had radiation every day for many weeks, but it works just as well to get the same total amount of radiation in less time. 

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Shorter Radiation Regimen Causes Fewer Side Effects, Offers Better Quality of Life Than Traditional Regimen."

Penn Medicine: "Penn Study: Majority of Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer in U.S. Receive Unnecessarily Long Courses of Radiation " .

American Cancer Society: "What's new in breast cancer research and treatment?" "How is breast cancer treated?" "Surgery for breast cancer," "Radiation therapy for breast cancer," "Chemotherapy for breast cancer," "Hormone therapy for breast cancer," "Targeted therapy for breast cancer."

Giordano, S. , May 2012. Journal of Clinical Oncology

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Accelerated partial breast irradiation."

Susan G. Komen: "Tumor Profiling – Personalizing Treatment for Breast Cancer," "Late Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 13, 2018

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