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can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: There are very few contraindications now to breast radiation.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills.
Answered on Sep 30, 2015
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