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Is it normal to have a mastectomy and radiation therapy afterwards, rather than the other way around?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: This can be normal

If a patient has mastectomy and the lesion was large or had many nodes involved this is followed by chemo then radiation.
If the patient had a lumpectomy then radiation they would not need mastectomy. However if later on it recurs one can still have a mastectomy. This does not happen often.

In brief: This can be normal

If a patient has mastectomy and the lesion was large or had many nodes involved this is followed by chemo then radiation.
If the patient had a lumpectomy then radiation they would not need mastectomy. However if later on it recurs one can still have a mastectomy. This does not happen often.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

A small subset of patients who opt for or require mastectomy for local treatment of their breast cancer will need radiation therapy; this is always done after surgery.
Furthermore, if they require chemotherapy, this too will be given before the radiation therapy.

In brief: Yes.

A small subset of patients who opt for or require mastectomy for local treatment of their breast cancer will need radiation therapy; this is always done after surgery.
Furthermore, if they require chemotherapy, this too will be given before the radiation therapy.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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