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Could radiation therapy make my breast feel warm months later?

Could radiation therapy make my breast feel warm months later?

No: Months later skin reactions should have gone back to normal. However some patients may develop mastitis. In this case the breast will look red and warm and obviously different than the other side. If there are obvious differences then make sure you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

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Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Yes: There is a small amount of lung radiated that usually causes no problems. But sometimes this amount is large enough to cause a pneumonitis that can cause a cough. You need an exam and a lung x-ray to determine if this is the cause. ...Read more

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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the breast?

Radiation therapy: Divided into -acute and late effects. Acute changes will include fatigue and skin changes that accumulate gradually within the radiated field over the course of treatment. Redness, soreness, sometimes with peeling off skin. Thickening of skin and breast edema also can happen. Late complication risk is low-may include arm swelling, radiation pneumonitis, nerve injury/brachila plexus etc. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Breast Radiation: Readiation can have mild or severe effects on breast reconstruction. In some cases you may need additional survey to bring healthy tissue from other parts of the body to complete your reconstruction. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for breast cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. Rt is mandatory following breast conserving surgery: local recurrence rates are decreased from >25% to <5% with rt. Rt is also used after mastectomy for patients that are at high risk for local recurrence. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Fairly effective: Radiation plays an important role in treating breast cancer. In the neoadjuvant setting it can reduce the size of a relatively large lesion making surgery more effective. It can be used to treat micro disease in axilla and after lumpectomy can be used to enhance survival and reduce local recurrence. In metastatic bone disease it can control in not eliminate disease. ...Read more

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Are there new advances in radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Are there new advances in radiation therapy for treating breast cancer?

Yes: The most common method of treatment is external beam RT, which is typically given over 7 weeks. Accelerated partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy) is an option for some breast cancers and can be completed in 5 days. Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) is popular in Europe and is becoming more available in the US for selected patients; treatment may be completed at the time of surgery. ...Read more

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Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Yes: It's not ideal but it can be done safely. The patient is treated like any other breast cancer patient without reconstruction. ...Read more

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After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read more

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Is there a way to insert something into my breast where the cancer was removed and do radiation therapy from the inside?

Is there a way to insert something into my breast where the cancer was removed and do radiation therapy from the inside?

Yes: This is a new technique called "accelerated partial breast irradiation", apbi. A hollow device is placed where the cancer was removed. Radioactivity is put in the device twice a day for five days. Trials show this equals whole breast radiation for small tumors with negative nodes in women over 60 who don't need chemotherapy. More studies are underway. Go to www.Astro.Org for updated guidelines. ...Read more

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