Breast Cancer Radiation Treatment
For many patients diagnosed with breast cancer, radiation treatment is an integral part of the multidisciplinary care plan.
Radiation treatment is a crucial component of a “breast conservation approach,” which allows the breast to be spared while delivering equivalent cancer control to mastectomy. In high-risk breast cancer patients who receive mastectomy, radiation treatment following surgery decreases the risk of recurrence and has been shown to improve overall survival.
Traditionally, whole breast radiation for breast conservation has been delivered using “conventional fractionation,” in which daily treatments are typically given over 6 weeks.
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At UTMC, we have extensive experience treating breast cancer patients with shorter radiation treatment regimens (3-4 weeks total). This shortened treatment course is just as effective and obviously more convenient. This regimen is endorsed by the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Additionally, we are excited to offer accelerated, partial breast irradiation (APBI) to all eligible patients. APBI targets the lumpectomy cavity alone, and allows a patient to complete radiation treatment in 10 sessions, delivered twice daily over 5 consecutive days.
At UTMC’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center we take a team approach, with the knowledge that the best treatment plan involves an integrated approach using the experience and skills of specialists across the medical care spectrum. Our radiation oncologists collaborate with specialists in medical oncology, surgery, integrative care, pain management, physical therapy and nutrition. Your team of cancer specialists is all under one roof at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. Our team of cancer specialists meets each week to discuss each cancer case, and creates the most effective and efficient multidisciplinary care plan.
Patients at UTMC have many opportunities to enroll in new clinical trials. Your team of cancer specialists will discuss potential clinical trials available to you, and guide you in selecting the best treatment option for your personalized care.