A 30-year-old member asked:
after effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Cure (we hope): Radiation therapy is a very effective way to "sterilize" the breast after lumpectomy, reducing the chance of cancer coming back in the breast. Modern techniques allow the radiation oncologist to target the breast & minimize exposure elsewhere, namely the lungs & heart. Depending on breast size & smoking history, some people will have more breast scarring than others; most people are satisfied.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Natarajan Raman answered
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy).
Answered on Sep 15, 2016
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