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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Breast Radiation (Overview)

Breast radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate her body to damage or destroy cancer cells in her breast, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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I have a significant scoliosis. What is the best breast radiation treatment to avoid damaging the lungs?

Does not apply: This question deals with radiation oncology as far as I can tell based on the term 'radiation treatment'. This is best asked to a radiation oncologist. If you are asking for how to assess scoliosis and minimize radiation to the lungs then a radiographic (x-ray) scoliosis series is best. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
66 Doctors shared insights

Breast Radiation (Overview)

Breast radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate her body to damage or destroy cancer cells in her breast, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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When is breast radiation done nowadays?

When is breast radiation done nowadays?

Varies: If no chemotherapy it can be started when you heal from your lumpectomy or mastectomy and have an acceptable range of motion wuth your shoulder. But if you receive chemo - the radiation is usually done afrer chemo. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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When after breast surgery is radiation started?

When after breast surgery is radiation started?

Depends: The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved. ...Read more

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When is breast radiation done nowadays?

Varies: If no chemotherapy it can be started when you heal from your lumpectomy or mastectomy and have an acceptable range of motion wuth your shoulder. But if you receive chemo - the radiation is usually done afrer chemo. ...Read more

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Thoughts on tesuming high stress life following breast radiation?

Thoughts on tesuming high stress life following breast radiation?

Take control: Working following breast radiation is healthy but how you work may not be. After a diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatment. Your emotions and life style are essential part of a successful recovery. Individual psychotherapy with or without medication is an important way to stay healthy and undo destructive ways of coping. There are professionals who are psycho-oncologists. Consult one. ...Read more

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Is lung damage during breast radiation permanent?

Is lung damage during breast radiation permanent?

Generally yes: Acute radiation pneumonitis/lung inflamation can be treated and improve. However, radiation causes longterm injury and progressive fibrosis. This process continues long after the radiation treatment is completed. ...Read more

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Should a person get breast radiation treatments even with a history of past lung problems?

Should a person get breast radiation treatments even with a history of past lung problems?

Should be fine: Modern techniques use pretty sophisticated software to minimize any collateral radiation exposure to the healthy tissues nearby especially the lung and the heart in the case of breast radiation.

Internal RT or brachytherapy may also be a good option if the cancer is detected in an early stage. This targeted treatment is done in 5 days and can often spare more normal tissues. ...Read more

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Should a person get breast radiation treatments if she already has a history of lung disease?

Should a person get breast radiation treatments if she already has a history of lung disease?

Discuss with MD: Discuss it with your radiation oncologist. Many variables: type and severity of lung problems, side and location of the cancer, stage of the cancer. Newer x ray techniques can limit the radiation to the lung - make sure that the XRT center that you are going to has the latest equipment. ...Read more

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I have a significant scoliosis. What is the best breast radiation treatment to avoid damaging the lungs?

Does not apply: This question deals with radiation oncology as far as I can tell based on the term 'radiation treatment'. This is best asked to a radiation oncologist. If you are asking for how to assess scoliosis and minimize radiation to the lungs then a radiographic (x-ray) scoliosis series is best. ...Read more

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Having breast radiation but I itch in my face my letft hand palm and under my right foot what is the cause?

Having breast radiation but I itch in my face my letft hand palm and under my right foot what is the cause?

Not radiation: As you probably know radiation effects the area being treated. As the areas you described are different, unlikely related to radiation. Change in soap, detergent, other skin irritants, sometimes nerves, medication, prior chemotherapy may play a role. ...Read more

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What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

FIBROSIS: Radiation pneumonitis with fibrosis is the most serious. Also radiation esophagitis and scarring of the skin. Most resolve to some degree with time and steroids. ...Read more

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What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

Briefly: During & wks after radiation: inflam symptoms of the breast & poss chest wall (soreness, dryness, sometimes peeling under breast or armpit area). Be diligent w/ skin care. Clean & dry @ b4 treatment. Subjective differences in skin care product recs. Long term: thickened skin, slight retraction of breast, scar in lung. Benefits>>risks.
Try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise as possib. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read more

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Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease, etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Usually not: Gi symptoms during breast cancer radiotherapy are uncommon but not unheard of, especially for right-sided cancers where some of the liver may be in the lower part of the field. Ask your radiation doctor to see how much liver is being irradiated and if it can be minimized. More often this problem is related to chemo or hormonal treatment or a diet supplement. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause permanent stomach problems?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause permanent stomach problems?

Very unusual: Only a small dose of radiation reaches the stomach. ...Read more

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Would low O2 saturation levels at night below 90 for 2 to 3 hours with Cpap result from breast cancer radiation? Normal lung function, chest X-ray

Probably not: Radiation damage to the lung can be detected functionally on pulmonary function tests. If your pulmonary function tests are completely normal, it would be unlikely that radiation lung damage was the cause of the fall in 02 saturation. ...Read more

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Is itchy breasts normal after radiation?

Is itchy breasts normal after radiation?

Yes it is.: Pruritus can be related to cell injury with radiation. ...Read more

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How long after breast surgery is radiation?

How long after breast surgery is radiation?

Variable: To add a few points to dr. Vaziri's excellent answer...If no chemo is given post-op, radiation oncologists like to begin rx within 6 weeks. Another option available in some centers is intraoperative radiation therapy. As the name implies, rx is completed at the time of the lumpectomy. While not for everyone, this is a promising alternative that I believe will increase in usage in the future. ...Read more

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When after breast surgery is radiation started?

Depends: The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved. ...Read more

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Is it usual to get a breast infection after radiation?

Is it usual to get a breast infection after radiation?

Possible: Radiation treatment can cause significant changes to the skin and breast tissue including ulcerations, redness, and long-term problems such as fibrosis (hardening). These changes can look similar to infection but usually are not; ask your radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Long term effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer vs radiation?

Other cancers: Chemotherapy long-term can increase the likelihood of developing bloodstream cancers such as leukemia
radiation treatment can cause tissue scarring and also increase the possibilty of developing other cancers such as sarcoma. ...Read more

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Can I still get breast implants after having breast cancer and radiation?

Can I still get breast implants after having breast cancer and radiation?

Yes, but: Radiated skin sometimes doesn't give like non radiated skin, so although it may be possible, there are other options such as using your own tissue that you should consider as well. ...Read more

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Breast cancer stage 1b with 1/3 lymph node micrometastasis at 1.9. Left breast, pt 32y. Radiation therapy controversial. Need opinions?

Surgery?: Would need radiation if surgical treatment was lumpectomy. Patient is young and need further evaluation with detailed family history. Estrogen and HER2neu receptor status, ki 67 would help to make better treatment decision. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in the breast six months after radiation?

What can I do for this pain in the breast six months after radiation?

Breast radiation?: If it was radiation to the breast itself, then adhesions can occur where the inside breast tissue sticks to other tissue causing pain and reduced breast mobility. Usually, this is relieved by breast massage to break up the adhesive areas, manually Check with your radiation oncologist if this is the case for a "2nd opinion" ...Read more