A 35-year-old member asked:
can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Devon Webster answered
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Possibly: Radiation therapy for breast cancer may cause a tiny increase in your chance of getting leukemia 5-10 years later. In studies, it's hard to know whether the radiation caused the leukemia, because aging itself is associated with an increased risk of leukemia.
Answered on Jun 3, 2014
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar answered
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not likely: Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow. Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's low and believed to be about one chance in 400. It's worth the risk because of the likelihood of curing the breast cancer. http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2013.54.6119?cmpid=jco_pap_22Dec2014&
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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