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how long after breast surgery is radiation?

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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
47 years experience Breast Surgery
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.
Answered on Apr 11, 2014
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Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Variable: To add a few points to dr. Vaziri's excellent answer...If no chemo is given post-op, radiation oncologists like to begin rx within 6 weeks. Another option available in some centers is intraoperative radiation therapy. As the name implies, rx is completed at the time of the lumpectomy. While not for everyone, this is a promising alternative that i believe will increase in usage in the future.
Answered on Dec 28, 2016
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