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What does it mean to have radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Sterilize the breast
The purpose of radiation therapy after lumpectomy is to lower the risk of local recurrence.
This can be given from the "outside-in" (external beam) over 4-7 weeks, or, in select cases, over 5 days from the "inside-out" (brachytherapy). Intraoperative radiation therapy is a popular alternative in Europe and is just beginning to gain traction in the US.

In brief: Sterilize the breast
The purpose of radiation therapy after lumpectomy is to lower the risk of local recurrence.
This can be given from the "outside-in" (external beam) over 4-7 weeks, or, in select cases, over 5 days from the "inside-out" (brachytherapy). Intraoperative radiation therapy is a popular alternative in Europe and is just beginning to gain traction in the US.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No mastectomy
In some types of breast cancer, the tumor is removed without a mastectomy, then x-ray therapy is used to make sure all the tumor is treated.

In brief: No mastectomy
In some types of breast cancer, the tumor is removed without a mastectomy, then x-ray therapy is used to make sure all the tumor is treated.
Dr. Michael Flax
Dr. Michael Flax
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