Radiotherapy is sometimes referred to as radiation therapy. Not all women with breast cancer will be recommended to have radiotherapy. It is usually recommended, however, for women who have breast-conserving surgery also called lumpectomy.
Some women with breast cancer will need radiation, often in addition to other treatments. The need for radiation depends on what type of surgery you had, whether your cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or somewhere else in your body, and in some cases, your age. Tumors that are large or involve the skin might also need radiation.
Radiation therapy to the breast can cause some side effects. Some begin during treatment. Others may occur months or even years later.
Radiation therapy also called radiotherapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. It affects cells only in the part of the body that is treated with the radiation. Breast cancer radiation therapy may be used to destroy any remaining mutated cells that remain in the breast or armpit area after surgery.
Breast radiotherapy is an established adjuvant treatment after breast conserving surgery. One of the important individual factors affecting the final cosmetic outcome after radiation is breast size. The purpose of this review is to summarise the clinical toxicity profile of adjuvant radiotherapy in women with breasts of various sizes, and to evaluate the treatment planning studies comparing target coverage and dose to thoracic organs at risk in relation to breast size.
Find out about the side effects of external radiotherapy for breast cancer and how to cope with them. Radiotherapy can cause side effects. The effects can start after a couple of weeks of treatment. They continue to get worse during the treatment and after the treatment has finished.
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. You may be given radiotherapy to reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back in the breast, chest or lymph nodes. Radiotherapy uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells.
Postoperative radiation therapy RT and chemotherapy,both reduces the risk of local recurrence and extends overall survival in patients with breast cancer BC. Concerns have, however, been raised about the risk of acute and chronic side effects in breast cancer survivors as the number of treated individuals is large and their expected survival is long compared to most patients with other malignant diseases. Cardiac toxicity, reproductive dysfunction, pneumonitis RP ,arm lymph edema, neuropathy, skin changes are examples of the wide range of complications that has been associated with adjuvant treatment.