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A 29-year-old member asked:

When after breast surgery is radiation started?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Usually 4-6 weeks: Depends on the type of breast surgery and how quickly you heal. You need to have close to full range of arm motion and a healed wound.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long after breast surgery is radiation?

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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery 47 years experience
It depends: Radiation may be given after a lumpectomy procedure. If chemotherapy is considered usually radiation will be given after completion of chemotherapy. In case of partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy), it is given shortly after lumpectomy whether or not chemotherapy is given. If radiation is needed after a mastectomy procedure, it is given after wound healing or after chemorx if chemorx needed.

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