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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

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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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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more