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Can radiation therapy for breast cancer give me leukemia?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow.
Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible.

In brief: Not likely

Leukemia is more likely as a cancer caused by chemotherapy since it exposes more bone marrow.
Radiation to the breast will expose very little bone marrow and leukemia is not likely but nothing is impossible.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Radiation therapy for breast cancer may cause a tiny increase in your chance of getting leukemia 5-10 years later. In studies, it's hard to know whether the radiation caused the leukemia, because aging itself is associated with an increased risk of leukemia.

In brief: Possibly

Radiation therapy for breast cancer may cause a tiny increase in your chance of getting leukemia 5-10 years later. In studies, it's hard to know whether the radiation caused the leukemia, because aging itself is associated with an increased risk of leukemia.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It's low and believed to be about one chance in 400.
It's worth the risk because of the likelihood of curing the breast cancer. http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2013.54.6119?cmpid=jco_pap_22Dec2014&

In brief: Yes

It's low and believed to be about one chance in 400.
It's worth the risk because of the likelihood of curing the breast cancer. http://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.2013.54.6119?cmpid=jco_pap_22Dec2014&
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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