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Are there any alternative treatments for breast cancer instead of radiation?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In cases where a lumpectomy was done the alternative is to have a mastectomy.
But if many nodes or a large tumor is found even with mastectomy the chestwall will needs radiation. Also women older than 70 with good features and positive receptors can have lumpectomy and hormones and can omit radiation.

In brief: Yes

In cases where a lumpectomy was done the alternative is to have a mastectomy.
But if many nodes or a large tumor is found even with mastectomy the chestwall will needs radiation. Also women older than 70 with good features and positive receptors can have lumpectomy and hormones and can omit radiation.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Radiation reduces the risk of cancer recurring in the breast.
It is done after surgery. There is no similar alternative treatment. Patients who have a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy can sometimes avoid radiation if the cancer is small and no lymph nodes are involved. A radiation oncologist can outline the risks of cancer recurring with and without radiation.

In brief: Not really

Radiation reduces the risk of cancer recurring in the breast.
It is done after surgery. There is no similar alternative treatment. Patients who have a mastectomy instead of a lumpectomy can sometimes avoid radiation if the cancer is small and no lymph nodes are involved. A radiation oncologist can outline the risks of cancer recurring with and without radiation.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Depends on size

It would depend on the size of your tumor and the lymph nodes.
But a mastectomy can be performed in some cases to avoid radiation.

In brief: Depends on size

It would depend on the size of your tumor and the lymph nodes.
But a mastectomy can be performed in some cases to avoid radiation.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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