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Any effects of radiation for breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cure (we hope)

Radiation therapy is a very effective way to "sterilize" the breast after lumpectomy, reducing the chance of cancer coming back in the breast.
Modern techniques allow the radiation oncologist to target the breast & minimize exposure elsewhere, namely the lungs & heart. Depending on breast size & smoking history, some people will have more breast scarring than others; most people are satisfied.

In brief: Cure (we hope)

Radiation therapy is a very effective way to "sterilize" the breast after lumpectomy, reducing the chance of cancer coming back in the breast.
Modern techniques allow the radiation oncologist to target the breast & minimize exposure elsewhere, namely the lungs & heart. Depending on breast size & smoking history, some people will have more breast scarring than others; most people are satisfied.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Local side effect

The most common side effects will be redness/ irritation/ peeling off skin etc from the radiation exposure to the skin over the radiation field- breast area, collar bone, arm pit etc.
With the technology we have nowadays- the risk of exposure to other organs can be minimized- thus side effects to the lung ( pneumonitis) , heart etc would be only minimal.

In brief: Local side effect

The most common side effects will be redness/ irritation/ peeling off skin etc from the radiation exposure to the skin over the radiation field- breast area, collar bone, arm pit etc.
With the technology we have nowadays- the risk of exposure to other organs can be minimized- thus side effects to the lung ( pneumonitis) , heart etc would be only minimal.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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