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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology 45 years experience
Not known: The standard is external radiation in a course of 3 canadian study versus 6 weeks american study versus the newer concept of partial breast irradiation with internal dwelling seeds for 90 seconds / twice a day for 5 days in highly selected candidates.
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
No: I am not aware of any alternatives that can replace radiation.
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Careful: Most but not all breast cancers need radiation therapy. Please be careful of claims made by alternative treatments for cancer and ask for independent well controlled studies that demonstrate benefit. At this time alternative treatments are of a supportive role to more conventional therapies. I personally know of women whose cancer got worse while they tried alternative methods.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How effective is radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Fairly effective: Radiation plays an important role in treating breast cancer. In the neoadjuvant setting it can reduce the size of a relatively large lesion making surgery more effective. It can be used to treat micro disease in axilla and after lumpectomy can be used to enhance survival and reduce local recurrence. In metastatic bone disease it can control in not eliminate disease.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How effective is radiation therapy for breast cancer?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. Rt is mandatory following breast conserving surgery: local recurrence rates are decreased from >25% to <5% with rt. Rt is also used after mastectomy for patients that are at high risk for local recurrence.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Yes: After a lumpectomy and whole breast radiation, there is a 12-15% chance that breast cancer will come back in the same breast within 5 years. However, the chance of recurrence is much higher without radiation therapy.
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