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can radiation therapy treat breast cancer that has come back in the lung?

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Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Usually not: Breast cancer that has come back in the lung usually requires chemotherapy. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how quickly it is growing, and whether there are multiple spots or just one spot. Breast cancer in the lung means microscopic cancer has spread through the body, so a whole-body treatment like chemo (or hormone-blocking therapy) is necessary for best results.
Answered on May 14, 2015
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: If it comes back as just one lesion then radiosurgery is indicated. If it comes back more extensively then chemotherapy and or hormonal therapy is needed. In this situation radiation can be used to help any symptoms from the cancer that came back.
Answered on Nov 21, 2014
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
If it causes a: Symptom, it can relieve it, but it will not stop the appearance of oter cell clusters at remote locations, and should not be considered a "cureative" treatment, but moe a symptom relieving treatment, palliation.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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