Is radiation effective 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.
Sometimes. Radiation is effective after lumpectomy in reducing the risk of local and regional recurrence. Other times it can be given in an advanced breast cancer to slow the growth of the cancer.
Yes. After lumpectomy, radiation cuts local recurrence (recurrence in the breast) from 40% to less than 10%. It is also helpful after mastectomy if the lymph nodes are involved.

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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...

How effective has intraoperative radiation therapy been for u.S. Breast-cancer patients so far?

Early results good. Published results of intraoperative radiation therapy, iort, (targit-a trial) have found no difference as compared to traditional whole-breast radiation therapy in a subset of people at low risk for recurrence. While promising, we await long-term data before expanding this option to more people. To-date, my experience has been very favorable. Read more...
Effective. According to some studies, the results are as effective as traditional radiation. Read more...
Promising. The initial reports are promising. I think i will wait for more long term data to be available before i offer this to my patients. Read more...

My mother had breast cancer and metastasis into brain. She has completed IMRT Radiation Theraphy (16 sittings) 3 weeks before. I recently came to know about SRS-Gammaknife Radio surgery for Brain which is effective than normal RT. Pls need details.

Depends on how many. Stereotactic Radiosurgery otherwise know as Gammaknife, Cyberknife, etc. is highly effective and in many ways safer treatment than IMRT Radiation therapy. But it cannot be used on everyone and depends on the numbers of metastasis and the size of them. If the tumors are bigger than 3 cm and/or numerous than SRS is not recommended. Read more...
Imrt vs gamma knife. Both are useful for different situations depending on the number, size and location of the lesions. Sometimes may be difficult to compare the roles without looking at the scans. Read more...
Poor prognosis. Brain mets represents late stage disease, If solitary then resection can be tried or if large lesion shrinks with IMRT then resection may be tried. When lesion is solitary then best RT is Gamma knife which is high intensity, low dose volume at about 2-3 cm. For larger lesion the high intensity localized RT is known as Cyberknife, delivered in a rotation system in which the patient is centered. Read more...

Discolor from radiation on breast cancer, what to do?

Takes time. The discoloration is normal after radiation for breast cancer. The radiation is similar to getting a suntan over time. It can take months for the discoloration to resolve. Check with your radiation doctors, they oftern have recommendations for protecting the skin. Congrats on being a survivor! Read more...

Will radiation for breast cancer increase my risk for other cancers?

Low Risk. With current technology in radiation oncology the risk of developing a cancer from the radiation is dramatically lower than with the older technology and techniques. Read more...

Any effects of radiation for breast cancer?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...